Health Care is Law. See How You’re Affected
It’s Done… Obama signs Health Care. See how it will affect you!
[UPDATE: Check out how the CBO scores the health care numbers here.]
WELL, THERE will be an assortment of adjustments, but I guess it’s safe to say that the Health Care Bill has become the law of the land. The legislation will tighten regulation of insurance companies and is expected to extend medical coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.
I have mixed feelings about it. (Which the good Dr. Weil mirrors here.)
It’s not that I don’t believe that something had to happen to help cover more Americans and restrain the insurance companies. I do. And this health care bill does do that, because it’s an insurance reform bill. It’s not a health care bill.
Health care means caring for health. There’s little in this bill that helps to promote that. What it does do is help make sure that whatever ails you, and for however long, you’ll have insurance to help pay for it. This is probably a much easier thing to do than deliver health care.
Because to improve health care, we need somehow to change behavior. Our behavior. You know… the kind that is making us the unhealthiest people among first world countries; the kind that has spiked the incidence of chronic disease in the America, such as type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Getting people to change what and how much they eat, and to move their bodies is much harder than passing an insurance bill, as difficult as that was. But without changing behavior, there’s not much about health that comes from the bill.
How You’ll Be Affected
Now that my rant is over, it’s important to know how you’ll be affected by this new bill, so check out the graphic below which presents a set of situations, one that probably represents you, and then go to this New York Times page that will give you some details. My thanks to Farhana Hossain for the informative illustration.