Next Meeting: To Be Announced.
Congress passed a health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in the spring of 2010.
It's going to help some people. Estimates are that about half of people now uninsured will get insurance, Many people will get financial assistance to make insurance more affordable.
There are measures in the Act intended to improve health care quality.
One of the biggest disappointments in the Act is its failure to control the upwards spiral of health care cost. Americans now pay nearly twice as much, per person, for health care as anyone anywhere else in the world. Predictions are that's actually going to get much worse! The chart on this page, from the government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, makes that point. By 2019, one of every five dollars spent on anything in this country will be spent on health care. And the new Affordable Care Act will have nearly no influence on that number.
We still have a lot of work to do. Come join us!
Click on "About Us" to see the people and the organizations behind this site.
Click on "Our Coalition." That tab provides access to:
Coalition Details, including our mission statement, what the coalition stands for and what membership involves.
The Membership application, and
The lists of members, individuals, state organizations, state businesses and national organizations
Past meeting minutes and agendas.
Click on "Our Newsletter." That tab gives access to the current issue of our weekly newsletter, filled with news of what's going on in health care reform, mostly not in your local papers. We're pretty proud of it. It also gives access to the newsletter archives.
Click on "Reference Library." We're pretty proud of that, too. Major reference books, and many, many references to articles or web sites to answer questions about details of health reform and the Affordable Care Act.
Click on "Take Action." You'll see our thinking about the strategic direction we believe we should be following, and suggestions for individuals, whatever their talents.
And the options to "Contact Us" or to "Donate" speak for themselves.
Two final thoughts.
The Affordable Care Act is a step in the direction of medical care coverage for everyone. We're convinced that the best way to go is to extend an improved form of Medicare to Everyone, though we're open to listening to anyone with better ideas. We'd agree...we think everyone would agree...that for the next steps in health care reform to succeed, they must make sense to:
§ Liberals who believe there is a moral right to the same, high quality, government-financed health care for everyone.
§ Conservatives who believe in smaller government, lower taxes and no intrusion of government into health care (except perhaps for Medicare).
§ Businessmen struggling with the cost of insurance and the need to offer insurance to attract and retain excellent employees.
§ Employees who see flat wages and insurance with increasingly expensive cost-sharing, copayments and deductibles.
§ Physicians and hospitals saddled with static reimbursement and administrative burdens aimed at saving money for insurance companies.
§ People with insurance who see any change as a risk their coverage will be hurt.
§ And more….
And this: Many people are tired of talk about health care reform. Many of us know this country can do better but no one in power listens, and we get discouraged. But keep in mind this is a marathon, not a sprint. Women's suffrage took 70 years. Civil rights even longer. Senator Ted Kennedy fought for health care reform all of his life.
The tide of economic pressure is on our side.
Keep on fighting!
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