The healthcare reform bill that was narrowly passed by the House of Representatives on Saturday night includes provisions that would take effect in as early as 2010.
- Private insurers could no longer deny anyone coverage based on preexisting conditions, place lifetime limits on coverage, or abandon people when they become ill.
-Children, up to age 27, would be allowed to remain on their parents’ family policy.
-Seniors who fall into the donut hole would get a 50% discount on their drug costs.
These would be wonderful changes that would benefit many people I know. They are relatively easy to implement and could take effect quickly. Other parts of the bill would take three or four years to put in place – like the public option.
On Sunday we were close to getting dramatic change for 2010. On Monday we were told the bill is D.O.A. in the Senate. They say creating legislation in the US Congress is like making sausage – you don’t want to watch how it’s done. I can’t watch anymore because I get excited one day and disappointed the next. We are so close – and yet so far away from changing our shameful health insurance system. (This is my opinion – and I’m an insurance broker.)