WASHINGTON – The first stage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is expected to provide coverage to about 1 million uninsured Americans by next year, according to government estimates.
That's a small share of the uninsured, but in a shaky economy, experts say it's notable.
Many others — more than 100 million people — are getting new benefits that improve their existing coverage.
Overall costs appear modest at this point, split among taxpayers, employers and individuals who directly benefit, although the biggest part of the health care expansion is still four years away.
In 2014, government tax credits will help uninsured workers and their families pay premiums, and Medicaid will take in many more low-income people. Eventually, more than 30 million will gain coverage,
Answer by lawmom27 at 9:43 PM on Jul. 5, 2010
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 9:44 PM on Jul. 5, 2010
Answer by lawmom27 at 9:50 PM on Jul. 5, 2010
The problem I see most with health care is the affordability. I dont see where htis bill addresses THAT at all. As far as I can see it requires people to carry ins. Requires ins companies to cover even high risk people at the same cost as everyone else (which sounds great but is going to cost EVERYONE more!). It doesnt address vision or dental care at all. Our company doesnt offer either and you can NOT buy it independently. I really dont see where this does ANYTHING good!
Answer by momof030404 at 10:01 PM on Jul. 5, 2010
Answer by NotPanicking at 10:44 PM on Jul. 5, 2010
It's already hurting employment, businesses are afraid to hire and put people on the payroll permanently.
They know the cost of business is going to increase because of Obama-care, more taxes, and a whole host of new regulations.
Answer by Natesmom507 at 11:18 PM on Jul. 5, 2010
Answer by 29again at 11:39 PM on Jul. 5, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:10 AM on Jul. 6, 2010
up to about 1 million by next year...
What exactly is the definition of "up to about?!"
What we SHOULD be asking or be more concerned about is... how many people are not going to be hired as a result of the healthcare overhaul; and how many will be dropped as a result of the healthcare overhaul?!
I would venture to guess that the "million" added will be easily superseded by the number who will then be looking for insurance, where they once had it, and no longer do!
(P.S. I'm back from my Maine vacation! LOL)
Answer by LoriKeet at 8:26 AM on Jul. 6, 2010