Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kennedy Panel Introduces Health Bill

“After a year of deliberation, the Senate health committee led by Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts today formally unveiled its healthcare overhaul bill. But it's only one of several competing bills that Congress and President Obama will eventually try to reconcile. House Democratic leaders today offered their own proposal that includes a new tax on employer-provided health benefits to help pay for expanding coverage to the uninsured, and a requirement for all individuals to purchase affordable coverage, with an unspecified penalty for those who refuse and a waiver for those who cannot cover the cost. The Affordable Health Choices Act includes the following five major elements: 1. CHOICE, 2.COST REDUCTION, 3. PREVENTION: The best way to treat a disease is to prevent it from ever striking, which is exactly why The Affordable Health Choices Act will give citizens the information they need to take charge of their own health. The bill will make information widely available in medical settings, schools and communities. It will also promote early screening for heart disease, cancer and depression and give citizens more information on healthy nutrition and the dangers of smoking. 4. HEALTH SYSTEM MODERNIZATION, and 5. LONG TERM CARE AND SERVICES.”

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