Life, Liberty, and Happiness

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Health Care Reform 2010 For the first time in U.S. history, every American will have access to quality, affordable health care under the updated health insurance reform legislation passed by the House. "The Affordable Health Care for America Act or H.R. 3962, blends and updates the three versions of previous bills passed by the House committees.”(Kruger, M. 2010) This bill is expected to ease the out-of-control costs of health insurance, introduce competition into the health care marketplace that will help maintain coverage affordability, protect people’s choices of doctors and health plans, and guarantee all Americans access to quality, consistent, affordable health care. The Association of American Medical Colleges stated in a Mar.…show more content…
Under existing law, therefore, the tax is clearly constitutional. Many important and popular government programs are based on Congress 's ability to give incentives through taxation and redistribute tax revenues for public purposes. To strike down the individual mandate the Supreme Court would have to undermine many years of precedence justifying these programs that stretch back to the New Deal. Other opposing views against the mandates argue that the bill and won 't produce what was promises but instead will create higher costs and less health insurance. "Physicians for a National Health Plan (PHNP), stated in their Mar. 22, 2010 press release, "As much as we would like to join the celebration of the House 's passage of the health bill, in good conscience we cannot. We take no comfort in seeing aspirin dispensed for the treatment of cancer. Instead of eliminating the root of the problem - the profit-driven, private health insurance industry - this costly new legislation will enrich and further entrench these firms. This bill 's passage reflects political considerations, not sound health policy….." ("Pro single payer," 2010) Similarly The U.S. Chamber of commerce has expressed concerns repeatedly with H.R. 3590. "The Senate bill would: impose job-killing mandates and penalties on businesses, increase taxes and burdens on small businesses, create dangerous new entitlements while … ultimately doing little to control the long-term spiraling of
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