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Ryan: House bill will expand health care



Published: Wed, November 4, 2009 @ 12:08 a.m.

By William K. Alcorn

The House bill has a public option that will be run like Medicare.

YOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan says an estimated 43,000 uninsured 17th Congressional District residents would receive health-care protection if the House version of health-care reform is adopted.

During a telephone press conference Tuesday, Ryan said an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office confirms that H.R. 3962 will succeed in controlling costs and lowering premiums of health care.

Ryan said the CBO estimated that by 2016, health-care annual premiums would be $5,300 for an individual and $15,000 for a family of four if H.R. 3962 is adopted. This is well below the $24,000 family premium expected if Congress fails to act and premiums grow as projected under current law, he said.

Ryan, of Niles, D-17th, also released figures on the local impact of H.R. 3962 (Affordable Health Care for America Act) prepared by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

It isn’t only the uninsured in the 17th District that H.R. 3962 would help, he said.

The house committee’s analysis said the bill would improve employer- based coverage, provide tax credits to many households to help pay for coverage, improve Medicare and provide prescription drugs for all seniors.

Also, it would enable small businesses to obtain affordable health-care coverage and provide tax credits to help reduce health- insurance costs, and reduce the cost of uncompensated-care hospitals and health-care providers, the congressman said.

The bill requires people now getting free care at hospitals to make co-pays, thereby bringing down the cost of health care for those who have it and allowing those who don’t have it to get preventive care.

“One of the problems with Medicare is that we have people not yet eligible for Medicare, but don’t have health care, who wait until they get on Medicare to take care of their health problems,” Ryan said.

That is much more expensive than it needs to be. If these people had health-care coverage, their medical problems would be managed earlier before they require critical care, thereby reducing costs overall, Ryan said.

Ryan, who acknowledged the bill will almost certainly get no Republican support, nevertheless said he is confident it will be passed, hopefully by the end of the week. He thinks health-care reform will become a reality sometime in December.

He added that in the eight or nine years he has been representing the area, he has learned that one of its most pressing issues is the anxiety people have about losing health care.

He said the bill will allow parents to continue to cover their children on their insurance until they are 27, and it has a public option that will be run just like Medicare, to go along with private options.

He said it is estimated that by 2019, only about 10 million Americans would be enrolled in the public option.

It is just an opportunity to provide some choice and help keep competition honest, Ryan said.

Also, Ryan said, under the plan, no public money could be would be allowed for abortions.

“I think this is something our community needs. We’ve been waiting for 30 years. No one needs it more than the Mahoning Valley,” he said.

“For us not to say as a nation that everybody should have health care is ridiculous. We want to make health care a right for all, not just for the privileged,” he said.

alcorn@vindy.com

BENEFITS TO AREA RESIDENTS

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan lists ways he thinks the House health care reform bill, H.R. 3962, would help 17th District residents:

43,000 uninsured would receive health care protection.

Employer-based coverage for 355,000 of the district’s 700,000 citizens would improve.

Up to 1,700 would be saved from bankruptcy caused by unaffordable healt-care costs.

Credits to help pay for coverage for up to 180,000 households would be provided.

Medicare for 109,000 beneficiaries would be improved.

The prescription-drug coverage gap for 9,100 seniors would be closed.

14,000 small businesses would be able to obtain affordable health-care coverage.

Tax credits to help reduce health-|insurance costs for up to 12,300 small businesses would be offered.

The cost of uncompensated care hospitals and health care providers would be reduced by $20 million.

Parents could continue to cover children on their insurance until they are 27.

Denial of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions would be prohibited.

Source: U.S. Rep. Timy Ryan


Comments

1CommonSenseGuy(37 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Tim Ryan, again you mislead your constituents! While it may be technically true that no "public" money will be used for abortions, it is also true that those in the public option plan WILL BE FORCED TO PAY FOR ABORTION COVERAGE with their own premiums, Also, H.R. 3962 mandates that each "region" of the country have at least one plan that covers abortion - this plan being partially funded through federal subsidy. Either you haven't read H.R. 3962, or you choose to deceive your constituents about your so-called "pro-life" credentials.

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2Attis(921 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

What Timmy fails to mention is that the public option, if it survives, will only impact about 2% our population and not take full effect until 2019; middle class folks will actually end up paying more for their health care; and, worst of all, this so-called reform with deplete hundreds of millions each year from Medicare and Medicaid. This is nothing but corporate welfare for private health insurance companies by forcing, through law, Americans to have private health insurance like we are forced to have private auto insurance. What a bunch of political prostitutes the US House (of Ill Repute) is.

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3SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Tim Ryan; What a liar and a Pelosi wannabe. Timmy has to do as he is told. I hope and will back whomever runs against you next year. You will always be known as "Nancy Pelosi's lapdog" What a legacy!

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4themightyquinn(6 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Looking forward to voting against you Mr. Ryan. I sincerely hope that a credible candidate emerges from the 17th to challenge this tone deaf knuckle head, although I am resolved to voting for whomever is running against him.

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5sue(173 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Seniors will have their medicare benefits cut as a result of this bill that Ryan is promoting. His support of Obamacare and the Cap and Trade tax proves that he does not share the views of the people in the Valley. Just like the governors of Jersey and Virginia, Ryan needs voted out!

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6benbbeck(1 comment)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

This healthcare bill is FULL of problems! I've highlighted them, and the page numbers in the actual healthcare bill where you can find them at the site listed below.

****Please make your voice heard NOW by visiting www.foreverliberty.com. ****

This is a site I've put up where we will be collecting comments, compiling them into a professionally bound book, and mailing it to all the congresspeople who are still undecided.

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