National health care: The plan

side note: Well….even though I’ve read through a bunch of the details of President Obama’s health care plan….this really breaks it down into simple points. No one knows if it’ll work, but everyone can pretty much agree that something needs to be done to deal with rising insurance costs and what to do with people who are uninsured. SCHIP was a start for the youth of our country…it’s now time to take the next step.

Chicago Sun-Times

WASHINGTON — Democrats are crafting the long-awaited health care plan that would meet President Obama’s aim of giving everyone access to affordable coverage.

A document obtained provides an early look at where Democratic leaders in the House are heading. The Senate is working on a plan with some differences.

Here’s a breakdown of the House plan:

Q. What stays the same?

A. One of the plan’s main goals is to “minimize disruption” for people who already have coverage by allowing them to keep their coverage.

Q. What changes?

A. Here are four big changes:

• There would be an annual limit on out-of-pocket costs.

• Individuals would be required to get coverage, either through an employer or government plan, or on their own.

• Employers would be required to provide coverage or pay the government a percentage of payroll.

• Individual subsidies for health insurance would be offered on a sliding scale to those earning up to $88,200 for a family of four.

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