Monday, October 19, 2009

America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009

The Senate Finance Committee published the full legislative text of America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009 (PDF >1.8MB) on their website. Everyone can now stop with all the rhetoric. Now we can all easily reference the exact Section of the Act with which we agree or oppose. So instead of hyperbole, we can instead read the actual terms of the Act and make our own assessment of what effect they truly have.

So please post a Comment and tell us which Section is your favorite and why. Or tell us which Section you oppose and why. Just be sure to cite the actual Act so we can read what it says.

I'll start to give you an example. On page 78, lines 15 through 21, the Act says:
Each qualified individual shall have the choice to enroll or to not enroll in a qualified health benefits plan offered through an exchange that is established under this title, that covers the State in which the individual resides, and that covers qualified health benefits plans in the individual market.
Am I missing something or don't we already have such exchanges? I believe we call them the marketplace. And look how poorly distributed health care is now with a market exchange.

I apologize that my comment on the Act isn't all emotional. Excuse me for keeping it devoid of hyperbole. But at least I cited the actual text for you to reference and make up your own mind on what it says.