“A big (bleeping) deal!”

You can always count on Vice President Joe Biden for a laugh. After introducing President Barak Obama at this morning’s signing of the healthcare bill, Biden turned to President Obama and commented, “This is a big (bleeping) deal!

And even though the Vice President wasn’t particularly eloquent, he’s right: We’re living in a different world tonight. The plan isn’t perfect; I am personally concerned about the cost. Unless we’re very careful, this has the potential to backfire like a misused credit card, with costs snowballing and no chance to catch up because of the interest payments.

But it does a lot of good, too. Children with pre-existing conditions can’t be turned down for insurance coverage any more. A lot of parents of Cardiac Kids – and other children with Pre-existing Health Conditions – can sleep a little easier tonight.  In 2014 Adults with pre-existing conditions will be able to buy insurance too, but for the moment we have to wait 90 days before we can buy into an insurance pool or a subsidized program and obtain insurance. It’ll be more expensive than “normal” insurance, but we ought to be used to that by now. CHDers never seem to take the easy way out.

But with the stroke of a pen (several pens, actually. Presidents usually sign major legislation with multiple pens, giving most of them away as souvenirs. President Obama used 22 different pens in signing the Health Care bill earlier today.) the world changed.

It is a big bleepin’ deal.

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9 Responses to ““A big (bleeping) deal!””

  1. Suellen Says:

    And I thought “bleeping” was an Illinois thing … after all, it was the only word our former Governor seemed to know!

  2. Josh Says:

    This is actually a horrible, horrible moment for the US. Get ready for substandard care, longer lines, rationing, and government panels that get to decide what type of care you should get. Anyone with health issues should be very scared.

    • Steve Says:

      Hi, Josh! Thanks for reading the Funky Heart!

      I think that things will not be as bad as one side says they could be; nor will they be as good as the other guys say it will be. The truth is going to be somewhere in the middle.

      • Josh Says:

        Steve,
        Thanks for the reply. I hope you’re right, but my main experience with government run health care has been VA Hospitals, and let me tell you, they aren’t nice. I agree with not letting insurance companies drop people just because they file claims, and I can almost get behind not allowing them to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions (as I have one myself, haha), but I think this bill was rushed through and not well thought out. I think it became more of a “lets win one for Obama” as opposed to “lets win one for the people”. Anyway, my 2 cents I guess.

  3. Chris A Says:

    I too am concerned about the cost of the Healthcare Bill

    BUT Today

    The State of Arizona has NO High Risk Insurance pool to buy into.

    Small businesses are prohibited from banding together to buy medical insurance to make the premiums lower.

    Large businesses pay their medical insurance before taxes

    Small businesses pay their insurance premiums after taxes, which means they are paying taxes on their premiums

    In AZ in June 37,000+ low income children lose their only medical insurance

    In Az 315, 000 adults are losing their state supported medical insurance

    Several yrs ago my husband who owns a very small business was told by the insurance company that they were gong to double his premiums every 6 months…that meant in 2 1/2years we would have been paying $8000 per month. Because our daughter was adopted we were able to put her on a state program that covered her CHD. If that had not been available we all would have been without insurance.

    In a little over a year I do not know for sure if our now 17 yr old daughter TOF, PA, PAH & asthma who takes 43 pills a day sleeps with 02, has a pacemaker/ICD & will eventually need a heart lung transplant will have medical insurance.

    Mostly I am worried about my daughter’s life (looking at her you would never know she had anything wrong), she cannot live without her medical care.

  4. carolyn compton Says:

    Just in NZ from Australia for the week and I am impressed that my boy (any child under 6 Y.O.) gets medical care for free- including prescriptions for over the counter medicine. What a good system. The place was a GP medical centre with 20 GP’s (every day care doctors); pathology, x-rays, and a chemist. Like a mini-hospital, it had a nurse triage system before you saw the doctor. All free. Wow.

    • Josh Says:

      It’s NOT free. Those of us that make quite a bit of money pay for it. Where do you think the government gets the money to pay for this? Higher taxes! Verizon, Caterpillar and a few other fortune 500 companies have already announced that a) premiums are going up b)they are dropping retirees from drug programs c)they will be laying off workers to combat their (now) increased insurance costs. Not to mention that quite a few doctors and places like Walgreen’s are already not accepting any new medicare/Medicaid patients. What’s going to happen when you go on your “free” health care but can’t find a doctor to see you? The state I live in just cut our education budget by 14%, closed 2 schools, laid off about 160 teachers because we don’t have money, and our Governor just released a statement saying that now that Obamacare is law, we will have 1 in 4 residents on medicare, which we can’t afford, so they are going to have to cut the education budget again and lay off more teachers. Oh well, guess they’ll have “free” health care, right?

      • Steve Says:

        Josh, you need to re-read that comment. Carolyn is a resident of Australia. And in this instance, she’s commenting on New Zealand!

  5. Josh Says:

    It’s still not “Free”. This is from a New Zealand website: “New Zealand’s health care system is funded mainly through general taxation. Treatments are usually free or subsidized. Private health care is also available.” New Zealand is only about the same size as the small east coast states of the US, so perhaps a state run system works there, however, as we have nearly 310,000,000 citizens and they have 4,500,000 it’s really not a good yardstick of how things will run here.

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