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AARP and the AMA Now Support the Health Care Bill

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The House health care bill received a major boost today as it received support from the American Medical Association (AMA) and the AARP. They support legislation drafted by House Democrats. So how really significant is the support by these organizations? The AARP happens to be the nation's largest organization for older Americans, is known to be nonpartisan and represents primarily people over the age of 50 years of age. The real shocker here is the support now being received from the ARA who is widely known to be against health care reform. Today, President Obama urged lawmakers to listen the the AARP and AMA and go forward with the passage of health care legislation. As far as President Obama is concerned, he would rather get this bill passed and move on as soon as possible to other issues that he would like to address. So it now appears to that this bill may come to a final vote on Saturday, November 7th, 2009.
Still, the bill continues to receive technical changes , this time a 42-page manager's amendment which was drafted from three different proposals passed by three House committees. So allot of work appears to be going into the latest version which hopefully will be the one that becomes law.
The most recent changes which were made public about 48 hours ago will allow the measure reach the full chamber by Friday, which fulfills their requirement of a 72 hour review before the full vote.
Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House is confident that the bill has the votes to pass. President Obama is taking no chances as he is fully prepared to work with congressional Democrats on Friday to review the legislation.
Republicans on the other hand seem to be totally convinced that the health care reform bill would translate into a full-blown government takeover of the health care system. It does appear that regardless of what may be in the bill, hard nosed conservatives will just never support or pass any health care reform bill. Some are calling it a form of socialism.
The Republicans in good will did come up with their own plan, but House Democrats rejected the conservative $60 billion health care bill, calling the bill inadequate to meet necessary goals.
So what does the bill cover? First, it would extend insurance to approximately 36 million of Americans that do not have any form of health insurance. Only a very small percentage, possibly 4% would then not have coverage. Second, poor Americans will received subsidized insurance, along with the creation of health insurance exchanges. Third, smaller groups and individuals could now purchase health insurance, without all of the red tape that these groups must go through now. Fourth, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a direct claim that the bill would cut the federal deficit by $30 billion over the next ten years. Fifth, the bill as it stands today include the public option.
One of the issues still being tossed around by the House Democrats is the language   surrounding abortion. Some are adamant that they want stronger language which would prohibit the use of federal money to pay for such things as abortions.
It appears that there is a very good chance that a bill would be supported by the majority  of  the House and Senate soon.


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