How Could Mid-Term Elections Impact Health Care Reform

A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the Health Care Reform law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1. 

The poll found that about four in 10 adults think the new law did not go far enough to change the health care system, regardless of whether they support the law, oppose it or remain neutral. On the other side, about one in five say they oppose the law because they think the federal government should not be involved in health care at all.

The AP poll was conducted by Stanford University with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Overall, 30 percent favored the legislation, while 40 percent opposed it, and another 30 percent remained neutral.

With several of the reforms new provisions going into effect last week, House Republicans unveiled its 21-page “Pledge to America”  a blueprint for what the party would do should it retake one or both houses of Congress, the GOP lays out its own ideas for improving health care. The document proposes to do away with health care mandates on small businesses, allow the purchase of health care across state lines and enact “real medical liability reform.”

 

It would seem unlikely that the GOP would accomplish appealing the reform in its entirety even if they gained control of the House and Senate.  But we can expect significant changes to the reform for the changes expected to take place in 2014.

The Affordable Care Act’s New Patient’s Bill of Rights

On June 22, 2010 the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury issued regulations to implement a new Patient’s Bill of Rights under the Affordable Care Act – which will help children (and eventually all Americans) with pre-existing conditions gain coverage and keep it, protect all Americans’ choice of doctors and end lifetime limits on the care consumers may receive. These new protections apply to nearly all health insurance plans.

For the fact sheet on the acts New Patient’s Bill of Rights go to Healthreform.gov 

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