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Health Care Law Is Redistribution of Wealth

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One of the changes Americans will see as a result of the U.S. health-care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama.

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Insurers will be required by September to begin providing health coverage to kids with pre-existing illnesses and allow parents to keep children younger than 26 on their plans as the clock has begun ticking on many of the law’s provisions. Medicare recipients will receive a $250 rebate for prescription drugs when they reach a coverage gap called the donut hole if the Senate passes and the president signs companion legislation approved March 21 by the U.S. House.

The $940 billion overhaul subsidizes coverage for uninsured Americans, financed by Medicare cuts to hospitals and fees or taxes on insurers, drugmakers, medical-device companies and Americans earning more than $200,000 a year. Many of the changes in the bill of more than 2,400 pages, such as requiring most people to have health insurance and employers to provide coverage, will take at least two years to go into effect.

“Most of the major public policy changes embodied in the health care reform legislation will become effective only after the next presidential election in 2012,” said Maury Harris, an economist with UBS AG, said in a research report.


Obama: States Are Challenging the Mandate Requiring Americans to Have Health Insurance

President Obama signed the historic health care billinto law today, but Republicans are still fighting back with promises of lawsuits and heated rhetoric, including a shot from one GOP governor who blasted what he called Obama’s “nanny nation approach” to government.

Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty discusses his party’s fight over bill’s legality. Republicans across the country are specifically challenging the mandate in the health care bill that requires every individual to have health insurance, charging that it is unconstitutional.

The individual mandateis an “unprecedented overreach by the federal government forcing individual citizens to buy a good or a service for no other reason then they happen to be alive or a person,” Republican governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty said today on “Good Morning America.” Pawlenty said he sent a letter to Minnesota’s Democratic attorney general arguing against the constitutionality of the mandate.

“They’ve taken it to this big, federalized, bureaucratic, government-run, kind of nanny nation approach,” Pawlenty said. “I don’t think defending the Constitution and individual’s rights under the Constitution, and the relationship between states and the federal government under the Constitution is a frivolous matter.”

Twelve state attorneys general, all of whom are Republican, have already filed suits to block the health care billon the grounds that its requirement that everyone have health insurance is unconstitutional. Four state legislatures have already passed laws blocking the bill. On Wednesday, Virginia’s GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell will sign the bill into the state’s law, making it illegal for the federal government to require Americans to purchase health insurance.

Senior White House adviser David Axelrod dismissed the lawsuits, saying the Obama administration is very confident the health care bill “will withstand those legal challenges.

Obama Signs Health Care Bill Today as GOP Challenges Constitutionality […]

Dems’ health care strategy puts more House seats at risk

The chairman of the House Republicans’ political campaign committee says Democrats will risk new seats if they pass President Obama’s health care plan — particularly if they use unusual rules to pass two bills while only voting on one.

“I think this will put several more in play,” Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said after House and Senate Republicans held a rare bicameral meeting on the House floor this morning. “This is going to be a bigger vote than anything we’ve already had.”

He used as an example Rep. Mike McIntyre, a seven-term North Carolina Democrat whose seat has not been prominent on Republicans’ target list as they try to win 40 Democratic seats and take control of the House in November. Yet McIntyre has already declared that he will vote against the health bill as too expensive. “He could not get away with this vote,” Sessions said. Sessions, one of four Republicans on the House Rules Committee, said the complex rules being considered by Democrats to pass the bill will create “more losers by voting for the process.” Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter’s plan is to adopt a rule that would allow the House to vote on a single bill that would both deem the Senate health care bill passed and make changes to it. That let’s House Democrats say they never voted for the Senate health care bill.

Democrats have not settled on that strategy yet and could still decide to vote on both bills.

For now, he said, all GOP efforts are focused on defeating the bill in the House or the Senate. But if Obama prevails, he said, “We’re going to make these political arguments at the political time.”

The Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of the cost of the proposed overhaul over 10 years comes in below the $1-trillion price tag.

$940-billion estimate clears way for House healthcare vote

Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington

The Congressional Budget Office on Thursday estimated the cost of the proposed healthcare overhaul at $940 billion over 10 years, a scoring that clears the way for a House vote as soon as Sunday. Democrats greeted the number with joy because it was less than the $1-trillion price tag that they were using as a ceiling. Republicans immediately pledged to fight the healthcare overhaul through its convoluted parliamentary route in the House and Senate.

“We’re absolutely giddy over the great news we have gotten from CBO,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the majority whip, told reporters.