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Health care wins in initial stimulus package

Responding to calls for Washington to take swift action in the face of the bleakest economy in decades, the House of Representatives released a $825 billion package last week designed to stimulate the economy. The early version of the plan targets nearly $150 billion for health care.

The Wall Street Journal has a reasonably thorough overview of the "winners" and "losers," as well as an explanation of the at times arcane budgetary process involved. "The plan’s final shape will depend not only on horse-trading among
lawmakers in the House and Senate, but also on the outcome of the
lobbying frenzy now under way," the Journal says.

Here’s an early breakdown of the health care package:

  • $39 billion in subsidies to health insurance for the unemployed; providing coverage through Medicaid
  • $90 billion to shore up state Medicaid programs
  • $20 billion for health-information technology systems
  • $4 billion for preventative care

It’s worth noting that those numbers don’t include the expansion of SCHIP the House approved earlier in the week.

Around the Web: If you want to track exactly where all the money is going – probably not a bad idea when you’re talking about $825 billion plus change- you’ll theoretically be able to follow spending on Recovery. gov. But for the time being you’ll have to wait. The site is not yet online – perhaps not the best sign.

John Irvine contributed to this report from Washington D.C.

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Guadalupe Casserly
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Critical to any society is maintaining good health care for all. Imagine a society where illness is rampant. The cost to government for negligently ignoring the sick, dying and those who will become ill due to lack of proper health care will necessarily be borne by taxpayers in one form or another. Originally, health care was provided in the US by employers because many workplace environments were dangerous. Employers worried about lawsuits from improper adherence to worker safety. –

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Judith Lighthall
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Judith Lighthall

stimulus package are really needed right now since the economoy is quite slow these days. ”

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Patty Zevallos
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Healthcare reform can start now with no high price tag Obama and Congress are taking the entirely wrong approach to healthcare reform. We can be doing so much right now to improve healthcare without suspicious price tags. There is nothing wrong with carrying out reform in two phases: the immediate and low price-tag phase, and the longer-term, let’s-find-the-money-first phase. What can be done now, with little public opposition: One group plan Everyone would have access to insurance if all insurance companies were required to offer a plan to individuals as though they were all in one large company group plan,… Read more »

Virgoman0
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Virgoman0

We are headed for Socialism.. or maybe we are there already, this is terrible and I HATE the idea of my medical records being ona Dr’s laptop and the inevitable that will report it as being stolen, hey folks is this going to be any different then what we have with our Credit Files how many of you out there have had this issue? Now you can add your medical records to the list of stolen information.

joan of texas
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joan of texas

Am against the health-technology part of the stimulus plan. I do not want my healthcare records available to anyone but my healthcare provider. Do not want the goverment telling my doctor what treatments are available to me. People think they have it bad now. Wait until the government becomes more involved. Why do you think people from other countries come to the U.S. for medical treatment. Anything the government gets involved in is a catastrophe. If this part of the stimulus package does pass, then as yourself why our congressmen and women do not want anypart of it for themselves… Read more »

Matthew Speyer
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Matthew Speyer

Now that we have come to the realization that WE all cannot afford our current level of healthcare (latest innovations, treatments, medications, surgical technology, imaging, etc, etc), let’s roll back to the care of the 1960’s which is about the same level of pay that most hard working physicians are making these days. When is the last time you wanted to roll back your salary to what was made over 40 years ago? The healthcare pie has been taken by middle men administrators and regulators. Too much fat in the system and we need to trim it off.

Maddox
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Maddox

New Healthcare by the government:
” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.
Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council.
Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.”

Bunny S. Galladora
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Bunny S. Galladora

NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION!
PARTY TIME – TEA PARTY THAT IS….
We as a country cannot afford the “stimulus bill”
We need to stand up against what will cause our country’s downfall.
Do you recall the Boston Tea Party? Over the years, the Boston Tea Party has become a symbol of rebellion against the establishment. It is now time to “rebel” against the largest redistribution of wealth in our country’s history.
It is time to send a tea bag or an “e-tea” message to Washington, D.C.and let them know they ARE NOT REPRESENTING US!

D. Rhodes
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D. Rhodes

I am out of work, paying $990 a month for my families health insurance (and a poor plan at that), and REALLY need assistance right NOW. Who do I talk to about applying? What might I get? And When?
I am using credit cards to live on after being out of work for almost a year.

Peter
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Peter

“What we’re seeing is disappointing,” said Mr. Boehner (R Ohio) . The package, he said, “appears to be grounded in the flawed notion that we can simply borrow and spend our way back to prosperity.”
The “flawed notion” that has “grounded” Republicans (and this mess of an economy) since Reagan. What is this, a sudden epiphany by Republicans? Maybe they’d like to include a few taxes to pay for all of this then?

David
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David

No no no no get your facts straight! The republicans aren’t to blame for this… When the House and Senate voted for the Stimulus Package, 246 democrats from the house voted YES and 0 republicans voted YES. In the Senate, 57 democrats voted YES, and 3 republicans voted YES. On top of the Obama just gave away $300 million dollars to Kaiser Permanente in San Diego through the Stimulus Package. Aren’t they a “NON-PROFIT” organization?? oh wait, all their execs support the democratic party… Now Obama is bribing democrats to vote for him. So if your pissed about the stimulus… Read more »