Over angry Republican objections, the House on Wednesday passed a sweeping expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, financed with increases in tobacco taxes and cuts in subsidies to private Medicare insurance plans for older Americans.
The bill embodies the Democrats’ vision for health care, taking a step toward the goal of universal coverage while reversing what they see as Republican efforts to “privatize Medicare.”
By a vote of 225 to 204, the bill passed, with support from 220 Democrats and 5 Republicans. Ten Democrats joined 194 Republicans in voting against it. The bill would provide coverage for more than four million uninsured children in low-income families, prevent cuts in doctors’ Medicare payments scheduled for Jan. 1 and raise the federal cigarette tax 45 cents a pack, to 84 cents.
It would also increase assistance to low-income Medicare recipients and eliminate co-payments for most preventive care provided to Medicare recipients.
The bill will be vetoed, so it is probably not even worth going into the specifics, but one aspect of it I find very curious- why cancel co-payments for preventative care? It would seem to me that assuming you believe in a large role for the government in Healthcare, preventative medicine would be one of the things you would want to encourage. A little bit of money spent in preventative care would seem to be wise, assuming the previously mentioned assumptions.
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I completed misinterpreted the article- the elimination of the copayments is doing precisely what I thought it was not doing. Somehow I perceived that to mean preventative medicine would not be covered. Reading comprehension 101.