Obama’s Health Bill – Guess Who’s Unhappy Now?

Making history, President Obama signed into law the healthcare bill yesterday, making it the first time that there is healthcare coverage for every American. Well, this certainly made the Republicans unhappy, they citing that the phenomenal costs involved will drive the nation deeper in debt.

Putting Pen to Paper - President Obama transforms the bill to law

Also not looking forward to the new law will be all the private health insurance companies, who for years have been making handsome profits, mainly by including various escape clauses to exclude payments for health expenditure where it mattered most, such as in claims for pre-existing illnesses.

Even so, one of the more unpublicised facts from the new law, hidden within the massive pages of the bill, is a requirement that will make calorie counts mandatory for thousands of restaurants. More than 200,000 fast-food and chain restaurants will now have to state the number of calories each item on their menu has, the idea being to inform the consumer the number of calories they are consuming.

Chain restaurants,like Starbucks, will have to state Calorie Counts on all items on the menu

Grumblings are also being heard from doctors. The new law introduces curbs on doctor-owned hospitals and promotes an independent payment advisory board that does not include doctors, However, it does not include a performance-based payment system and does not address reforms meant to reduce medico-legal litigation costs (this being arguably one of the main reasons why heathcare costs are so high).

While the healthcare bill has become law with the President’s signature, storm clouds are looming –  attorneys general from 13 states – 12 Republicans and one Democrat – have begun legal proceedings against the federal government seeking to stop the reforms on the grounds that they are unconstitutional. So it does look like the ‘victory’ is not yet sealed in stone..

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2 responses

  1. They can sue all they want but they will never win

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  2. Doc,

    Financial consideration appears to appeal more to Republicans than the welfare of the people. However spending more and more on military appears to be okay to them.

    Logically spending more on healthcare should not deprive the wealthy off their earnings… so why the disagreement…??? It is beyond my simple logic…

    What do you think?

    Doctor2008 replies: I suspect many of the Republicans know that the healthcare reforms are good for the people; but the opposition to the Bill is largely because its the first time the President “bulldozed” his way to get the Bill passed, skipping the usual bipartisan consensual approach and therefore creating angst among the hardened Republicans.”

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