Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
Kenneth
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Health Care (the long version)

I saw that someone else had posted a poll about the new US health care bill, but that comments were disabled. I was interested in reading what people's take was on this. I also wanted to educate myself more about what was actually in the bill, so I did a little bit of research and included some of the info in this poll. So, in the spirit of "keep it complicated", here is a more detailed poll about health care reform.



Poll #1542985 Health Care

Were you in favour of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by the House of Representatives on March 21st?

Strong yes
14(36.8%)
Tentative yes
13(34.2%)
Tentative no
4(10.5%)
Strong no
2(5.3%)
I sort of understand the issues, but am still not sure
1(2.6%)
I'm not sure because I don't really understand the issues.
4(10.5%)

According to a summary of the bill, these features kick in on or before September 21, 2010. Which do you think are good ideas?

Adults with pre-existing conditions will be eligible to join a temporary high-risk pool (effective June 23, 2010)
0(0.0%)
Children and young adults will be permitted to remain on their parents' insurance plan until their 26th birthday
0(0.0%)
Insurers are prohibited from charging co-payments or deductibles for preventive care and medical screenings on all new insurance plans.
0(0.0%)
Individuals affected by the Medicare Part D coverage gap will receive a $250 rebate, and 50% of the gap will be eliminated in 2011.
0(0.0%)
Insurers' abilities to enforce annual spending caps will be restricted, and completely prohibited by 2014.
0(0.0%)
Insurers are prohibited from dropping policy holders when they get sick
0(0.0%)
Insurers are required to implement an appeals process for coverage determination and claims on all new plans.
0(0.0%)
Enhanced methods of fraud detection are implemented.
0(0.0%)
Companies which provide early retiree benefits for individuals aged 55-64 are eligible to participate in a temporary program which reduces premium costs
0(0.0%)
I don't think any of these are a good idea.
1(2.7%)

According to a summary of the bill, these features kick in on January 1, 2014. Which do you think are good ideas?

All insurers are fully prohibited from discriminating against or charging higher rates for any individuals based on pre-existing medical conditions.
0(0.0%)
All insurers are fully prohibited from establishing annual spending caps
0(0.0%)
Expand Medicaid eligibility; individuals with income up to 133% of the poverty line qualify for coverage
0(0.0%)
Tax credits to small businesses who have fewer than 25 employees and provide health care benefits for them.
0(0.0%)
Impose a tax penalty on employers with over 50 employees who do not offer health insurance to their full-time workers
0(0.0%)
Impose an annual fine on individuals who do not obtain health insurance; exemptions to fine in cases of financial hardship or religious beliefs.
0(0.0%)
Creation of tax credits for individuals who purchase private insurance policies
0(0.0%)
Pay for new spending, in part, through spending and coverage cuts in Medicare Advantage
0(0.0%)
Chain restaurants and food vendors with 20 or more locations are required to display the caloric content of their foods on menus, drive-through menus, and vending machines.
1(2.6%)
I don't think any of these are good ideas.
2(5.1%)

According to the CBO, the legislation will reduce the deficit by $138 billion over the first decade and by $1.2 trillion in the second decade, as compared to current legislation. Do you believe that?

Yes
10(26.3%)
No
8(21.1%)
I'm not sure
20(52.6%)
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