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Pre-Existing Conditions and PPACA January 19, 2011

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Full Coverage is written by a cancer survivor. It is 25 years since my first diagnosis and 12.5 years since my second diagnosis. I have lived a long time since the first diagnosis and have had a pre-existing condition for many years. As I listen to various members of the House discuss how bad this legislation is, my mouth is constantly dropping open while listening to Republicans discuss my “reduced” choices because of PPACA. (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)

My choices have increased due to this legislation.

  • I now do not have to stay in a job only in order to keep my health insurance
  • My chances of being discriminated against in the insurance world are greatly diminished
  • My opportunities for affordable coverage without a small lifetime cap on treatment are increased, not decreased.

I can perhaps even reveal my “chronic condition” to a potential employer without fear of being “too expensive to hire” or jeopardizing their insurance plan that has few workers.

This part of the Patient Care and Affordable Coverage Act is a good step forward for the more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors that were alive in 2007 and today.

(On January 1, 2007, in the United States there were approximately 2,591,855 women alive who had a history of cancer of the breast. This includes any person alive on January 1, 2007 who had been diagnosed with cancer of the breast at any point prior to January 1, 2007 and includes persons with active disease and those who are cured of their disease)


Health Care Bingo-Play Along At Home January 19, 2011

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Having spent the better part of two hours watching C-SPAN today, I can report that some new sound bites will emerge. House members are using a variety of speaking techniques to regale a small live audience with sound bites for the home crowd.Create a bingo card and listen for these words and phrases:

Contrary to media reports-the legislation has not been changed to read “Job-Destroying” instead of “Job-Killing” in the Thomas system for Congress.

I just heard a new alliterative term, “Trillion-dollar tragedy” from a Republican member.

A Democratic member from Oregon, Representative Wu, finally brought the D’s into the rhyming fold with two phrases, “Amend, don’t end!” He also used “Mend, don’t end!”

I could pay my monthly COBRA premium with a dollar for the number of times I have heard the phrase “donut hole” and “hurt small businesses” today, from both side of the aisle.

Rep. John Fleming (R-FL) from the 4th District created a new phrase in calling the bill’s accounting system, a “Disney fantasy”. Did he mean the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report?

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) from the 7th District used a repetition technique when describing the effects of a repeal:

NO CARE, for young people under 26

NO CARE, for pre-existing conditions

NO CARE, if you are in the donut hole (extra square here)

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) from the 6th District used the phrase “Enron accountant”, thus linking a previous scandal linguistically to the current legislation.

A Democrat,  Jay Inslee (WA-1st District) gets the last word here for giving a floor speech without using any of the previous phrases, but introducing sport to the House Floor by suggesting that PPACA asks “Americans to jump without a parachute”. He did go on to mention some health successes in the state of Washington, which include Providence Everett hospital reducing the stay of cardiac patients by almost one full day; and reducing the rate of infection by almost 50%.

Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), of the 13th District began his speech with this statement:  “This bill …has nationalized 1/6 of the national economy!” Since all of the for-profit health care and insurance stock prices went up immediately upon passage last March, I hardly think that is the case.

Good day for English majors and bingo players-lots of fiction on the floor today, some rhetorical devices, a little poetry and some ,but not enough non-fiction.

For the center Bingo square: feel free to use “let’s be clear”.

Fact-killing health-reform repeal January 19, 2011

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So says the headline in the today’s column by Froma Harrop in my newspaper today.

I’d only like to address one part of the column and proposed legislation (HR2) in this post.

So which jobs will PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) destroy? The House Republicans offer no evidence-just assertions about losses to small businesses and assumptions about new government jobs. In fact, a repeal of PPACA would eliminate tax credits for small businesses. (This credit is available from 2010-2013 for non-profit and for-profit businesses of fewer than 25 employees and and average annual incomes of less than $50,000.)

Some businesses would lose jobs-some would be in the administration of health care for profit businesses that the US has. With 32 million more people covered, it seems obvious that more health care workers would be needed to serve them. There is also a provision in the bill to add slots in nursing education, which would lead to growth in the number of nurses we could train and add to the workplace.

A recent column in the Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) article describes the additional opportunities for nursing education as a “watershed moment for the nursing profession”.

In workforce development reports, allied health professions and health care jobs are routinely in the top growth areas for the next ten years.

Can it be that the Republicans are only worried about pleasing their lobbyists (including 55 former members of Congress as of 2009)?

According to Bloomberg News, 1.5 million dollars per day was spent in the first quarter of 2010 on health care reform lobbying….

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