health care overhaul

Senate Democrats took the first major step toward sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system despite uncertainty about its provisions and costs.

The emerging bills envision a new insurance market “exchange” where people could go to shop for insurance coverage, helped by federal subsidies. Individuals will almost certainly be required to obtain coverage.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky,  complained that lawmakers are being pressed to approve the measure without review or knowledge of the costs, just like the stimulus bill.

High costs, uneven healthcare, and the fact that nearly 50 million Americans are uninsured have created the strongest political momentum for remaking the system in decades.

The Senate measure would cost about $1 trillion over 10 years,( $100 billion a year) but leave 37 million people uninsured, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. ( insuring only 12 million people)

They are going to cut medical costs by cutting medical care.
They plan to:

1. Cut diagnostic imaging tests like MRIs and CAT scans.

2. Reduce the use of antibiotics.

3. Perform fewer Caesarean sections.

4. Cut care for management of chronic back pain.

These decisions will not be medical but an accountant’s opinion of what the new health care system can afford.

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