Monday, November 9, 2009

Health Care Reform Bill Passes House Of Representatives - The Lone GOP Vote of Congressman Cao


All the reps who voted for and against the health reform bill in VA.

All the names who voted for and against the bill in the house.

Joseph Cao Republican who passed HR3962

Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao
Jack Nguyên:
I am very proud Congressman Joseph Cao voted for this historic bill. If this bill passes in the Senate and signed into law by the President, Congressman Cao will forever be enshrined in history as the lone Republican who bucked his party and its leadership to be in the right side of history. And this guy is a Vietnamese. I am ecstatic and proud of his vote!
Let it be known our community is proud of this feat. If one fights for the common man, he is always on the right side of history.

Tân Liên:
I respect the man who stands alone. Yah, two thumbs up.

Lousiana Republican Anh' Joseph' Cao who is from a Democratic New Orleans district, joined the 219 Democrats to make the 'final margin 220 to 215 in favor of reforms passage'. He is making the rounds on the net because he voted in favor for HR 3962 and made a huge statement about it. Last night (Saturday, November 7th, 2009), the 176 Republicans voted against the HR 3962 (health care bill).

Oh and get this, the Huffington Post reports that President Obama had already contacted Cao, and that the two of them would be working to address the critical state of health care in Louisiana. From that stand point, it makes perfect sense for Cao to support a House Resolution that would bring direct benefits to his home state.

What is a president to do? Of course a president would contact someone to vote in 'favor' for something.

And for those who do not know what the HR 3962 is, well it is to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes.

Cao said, "I read the versions of the House [health reform] bill. I listened to the countless stories of Orleans and Jefferson Parish citizens whose health care costs are exploding - if they are able to obtain health care at all. Louisianans needs real options for primary care, for mental health care, and for expanded health care for seniors and children. Today, I obtained a commitment from President Obama that he and I will work together to address the critical health care issues of Louisiana including the FMAP crisis and community disaster loan forgiveness, as well as issues related to Charity and Methodist Hospitals. And, I call on my constituents to support me as I work with him on these issues.I have always said that I would put aside partisan wrangling to do the business of the people. My vote tonight was based on my priority of doing what is best for my constituents.

Right-Wing Unleashes Racism on Rep Cao

How do you feel about the HR 3962? Do you think it still has some kinks in it or it is flawless?

Submitted by Denise Reynolds RD on Nov 8th, 2009

On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed the healthcare reform bill, formally known as HR3962, The Affordable Health Care for America Act. Most of the bill will take effect on January 1, 2010 or when signed into law by the President. Some portions of the bill will be introduced in stages through 2013.

In a section-by-section analysis of the bill, the House explains what each section means to Americans who are currently uninsured or underinsured. Section 101 explains the target audience for the healthcare act: Those who have been uninsured for several months or denied a policy because of pre-existing conditions. No one can be denied health insurance, except in the instance of fraud.

Under the Act, the Exchange will offer essential benefits within the base package, with additional benefits offered in four tiers, basic (essential), enhanced, premium, and premium-plus. The essential benefits package will limit out-of-pocket spending to $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a family. The premium plus plan will offer extra benefits such as dental and vision.

The Health Insurance Exchange will facilitate the offering of health insurance choices. It will be under the direction of the Health Choices Commissioner who will establish a process with qualified plans and will ensure that the different levels of benefits are offered properly. The program will not replace Medicaid or Medicare. Those eligible for those programs will be enrolled appropriately.

The act provides for coverage for those who are caught in several loopholes for insurance. For example, low-wage workers who are working for small companies who cannot provide insurance coverage for employees, cannot afford a private plan, and do not qualify for federal plans such as Medicaid or Medicare, the public health options will provide options for coverage.

In addition to providing expanded coverage, the Act will set up affordability credits to ensure that people with incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level will have affordable health coverage. These credits reduce the costs of both premium and annual out-of-pocket spending. During the first two years of the plan, these credits will only be offered with the basic plan. After that, a process will be developed for the remainder of the plans.

For 2009, the Federal Poverty Guidelines state that an individual making $10,830 or less is below the level of poverty. Insurance will be offered to those individuals up to an annual salary of $43,320. For a family of four, the federal level of poverty is $22,050 in annual income. The plan will be an option for those families with gross annual income of up to $88,200.

In order to receive the credits, one cannot be enrolled in other coverage, including private plans, Medicaid or Medicare, and must be an American citizen or legal resident. The credits are offered on a sliding scale, meaning those with lower incomes will receive higher credits (less cost paid out) on their premiums. Income is determined from the most recent tax return.

As a part of the shared responsibility provision, those who cannot establish acceptable health coverage for themselves and all dependents will pay a 2.5% additional tax on their gross income. There will be a hardship exception, as well as exemptions for certain groups. In addition, employers who cannot provide health insurance to employees will contribute a payroll tax of 8% to help cover the expenses of employees who choose coverage under the exchange.

The next stage for HR3962 is for the Senate to approve with at least 60 votes out of 100. The bill is not expected to reach the senate until 2010.

Source: Committee on Energy and Commerce


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