Health Care Overhaul

The Senate health committee has passed legislation to revamp health care, becoming the first congressional committee to act on President Barack Obama's goal of overhauling the system this year.
The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-10 along party lines to pass a $600-billion measure that would expand coverage to nearly all Americans by requiring individuals get insurance and employers to contribute to the cost. The bill would provide federal aid to families and individuals making less than four times the poverty level, or about $88,000 for a family of four.
Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the chairman, wasn't there for the milestone vote. He's being treated for brain cancer.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    When the government get involved for the purpose of socialism, services degrade.
  • by Reformer on Jul 16, 2009 at 11:22 PM
    Thanks jon. Ok, that's a start. Looks like two of us are looking forward to 2010. Our organization had a four hour presentation yesterday on retirement planning. There was representative from Social Security, Estate planning, the Principal and our own HRD department. For the most part I have done just about everthing they have suggested. The segment on S.S. was most interesting. I know now why the S.S. is nearly broke. I was surprised at the thousands of people collecting off this program that haven't contributed a single dime. The bottom line if the Healthcare reform is anything like S.S. it can never sustain itself. Our own HRD predicts by 2040 our retirement would be be based primarily on our own ability to save in programs such as 401k's. There was a stunning statistic that not so long ago there were more than 200,000 defined pension plans in the U.S. Now there is around 27,000. There is a bigger train wreck ahead. When the post boomers want to retire? If they can.
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Jul 16, 2009 at 07:40 PM
    I work for a person that came over here from Hungry they have Gov. run heath care she told me about her father he needed a hip replacement it took a year for his replacement to be okayed by that time his other hip needed replacing it took another year to get that one replaced six months for a root canal and she said about 30% of there income went for medacaid is that what you want ?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 at 06:30 AM
    Do we want an health care system that is as good as our education system? If we do, we need to allow the government be in control of it. Every school district is fighting for money and over half of the students who took the merit test did not get a passing score.
  • by jon on Jul 15, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    I agree with Reformer!The govt can stay out of what we as citizens can work out.
  • by The Steve Location: Potterville on Jul 15, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    With the MI envolved with such a financial down turn, it is ridiculious for the State Police to move in to a brand new building... My god they are laying off there own people !!!
  • by Melinda Location: East Lansing on Jul 15, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    Many people can not afford to pay for their insurance. There are many that have all they can do to make payments to the doctor. I think the government should all take the cuts and make all the cuts on themselves. Everyone that is poor has given up enough and paid out enough. Change the way things are going.
  • by Reformer on Jul 15, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    How about some government reform before we reform everything else. Just a thought. I think 2010 would be a good time to start.
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