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So I've not received a response, which is about what I figured would happen.  I started looking for information, and found H.R. 1200 (House) : American Health Security Act of 2009.

I'm not a politician, lawyer, or minion of Evil, so I'm not sure about some of this.  I didn't yet find a Senate version of this either, but from reading this bit I have a question:

SEC. 106. RELATIONSHIP TO EXISTING FEDERAL HEALTH PROGRAMS.

(a) Medicare, Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)-

(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, subject to paragraph (2)--

(A) no benefits shall be available under title XVIII of the Social Security Act for any item or service furnished after December 31, 2010;

(B) no individual is entitled to medical assistance under a State plan approved under title XIX of such Act for any item or service furnished after such date;

(C) no individual is entitled to medical assistance under an SCHIP plan under title XXI of such Act for any item or service furnished after such date; and

(D) no payment shall be made to a State under section 1903(a) or 2105(a) of such Act with respect to medical assistance or child health assistance for any item or service furnished after such date.

(2) TRANSITION- In the case of inpatient hospital services and extended care services during a continuous period of stay which began before January 1, 2011, and which had not ended as of such date, for which benefits are provided under title XVIII, under a State plan under title XIX, or a State child health plan under title XXI, of the Social Security Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and each State plan, respectively, shall provide for continuation of benefits under such title or plan until the end of the period of stay.

(b) Federal Employees Health Benefits Program- No benefits shall be made available under chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code, for any part of a coverage period occurring after December 31, 2010.

(c) CHAMPUS- No benefits shall be made available under sections 1079 and 1086 of title 10, United States Code, for items or services furnished after December 31, 2010.

(d) Treatment of Benefits for Veterans and Native Americans- Nothing in this Act shall affect the eligibility of veterans for the medical benefits and services provided under title 38, United States Code, or of Indians for the medical benefits and services provided by or through the Indian Health Service.

Does 2(b) above include the Senate, House, President, and other elected officials, or is just the drudge bureaucrat workers?  Do the officials have yet another plan that isn't on this list?  I've no idea what CHAMPUS or SCHIP are.

There's also a part in section 206 that makes me wonder:

(6) PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, BIOLOGICALS, INSULIN, MEDICAL FOODS-

(A) Outpatient prescription drugs and biologics, as specified by the Board consistent with section 615.

(B) Insulin.

(C) Medical foods (as defined in section 202(e)).

If Insulin is called out, why?  There are plenty of non-insulin dependent diabetics who have expensive meds as well.

Anyway, I'll post again in a few weeks if I hear anything from my Senator.

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2009 3:09 PM Politics | Back to top


Comments on this post: Three weeks and no response from Senator Casey about "Universal Healthcare" question

# re: Three weeks and no response from Senator Casey about "Universal Healthcare" question
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Thanks for sharing.
Left by Attorney on Aug 28, 2009 1:26 PM

# re: Three weeks and no response from Senator Casey about "Universal Healthcare" question
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I did get a response that answered no questions, but read more and found that these clowns in Washington did excempt themselves from having to enroll in their "universal" healthcare. Some Bullsh*t spin control talked about how they have multiple plans and it would be too hard to move them to a new one... like it's a different situation for them than for us.

During some interviews of Obama I saw that the question was asked flatly if he would stand in line like he expects the rest of us to, and his response basically said that people with money can always buy their way to better care. Nice to see that it's an option to people with 7 figure incomes and a store of wealth, like his family and Congress.

Where's the "change" we were promised? The government gets MORE control, businesses get blame, and we get more taxes and less benefit.
Left by Stan Spotts on Aug 28, 2009 3:50 PM

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