Pennsylvania’s Single Payer Health Care Bill

Pennsylvania is in a unique position. She has a Single Payer Health Care Bill, HB 1660, that has a great chance to eventually pass in the House.

Of all the State sponsored bills, this one is the strongest.

This is a solid bill, one Pennsylvanians can trust that insurance companies will be fully exempt from corrupting.

Democracy For America promoted house parties across the country November 14, where thousands of people watched Sicko, then listened to a conference call with film maker Michael Moore and DFA President Jim Dean for more than thirty minutes.

Or if people were watching on the West Coast, they tuned into the conference call before they watched the DVD.

In any case, a certain percentage of watchers had never seen the movie before, so Jim Dean and Michael Moore were careful not to divulge key movie points.

I saw Sicko for the third time that night and thoroughly enjoyed watching it with my Progressives For Pennsylvania friends, a handful of union leaders, and a few liberals I grew up with in my hometown.

The conference call itself was inspiring.

Michael Moore was asked about state sponsored versus federally sponsored bills, and which did he support. For instance, John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich have a National Single Payer Health Care Bill, H.R.676.

Moore said we need a National Single Payer bill, thus supported the Conyers/Kucinich bill. John Conyers has said he supports the bill here in Pennsylvania, HB 1660.

Having said that, and given the current stranglehold on anything good coming out of Washington these days, I believe we have no choice but to develop a model Single Payer Health Care Bill that other States and eventually the Country are free to adopt.

Another point in the call was how the propaganda machines like to stop all discourse on a real Universal Health Care Plan that covers all Americans minus Insurance Companies, by stating that such plans are Socialized Medicine.

Michael Moore said Single Payer is not Socialized Medicine, but rather is Christianized, Krishna-ized, Mohammad-ized Medicine because of the impetus for caring for every citizen in America in a true spirit of service.

The question arose about the supposed waits that people have in the Canadian health care system, (although Canadians in the movie told us that they really don’t have the waits that the propaganda machines in this country want us to believe).

Moore said that when 50,000,000 people are taken out of the health care equation, obviously our waiting times at the doctors, those of us with Health Insurance, will obviously be shortened.

When we add the 50,000,000 people back into the system, yes, we will have longer waiting times.

Isn’t this preferable to making Health Care unavailable to so many millions of citizens?

Governor Rendell of Pennsylvania has a Health Bill before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives called Prescription for Pennsylvania.

Medicare Advantage Will Get Hit With Health Care Reform

Since even before Medicare was passed in 1965 its been a source of frustration and intense debate from The Hill to Main Street. From concierge doctors to family physicians, politicians and family gatherings, health care reform is still a tough subject to grasp.

While Andy Griffith is currently appearing in television ads explaining Medicare changes to seniors, and the White House is praising its upcoming health care overhaul, the facts of how Medicare will change still remain a bit fuzzy.

1965. A lot of good things came out that year, like Medicare. This year, like always, we’ll have our guaranteed benefits and, with the new health care law, more good things are coming. Free checkups. Lower prescription costs and better ways to protect us and Medicare from fraud. See what else is new. I think you’re gonna like it, says Andy Griffith in his new TV ad. (Time.com) Seems to be pretty simply and explanatory, right? In reality, its a little more complicated.

Time.com states that Medicare Advantage, will in fact be greatly affected by health care reform, causing many seniors who have Medicare Advantage plans to lose fringe benefits that are not required by law. According to the Wall Street Journal, dozens of Medicare Advantage providers plan to cut back vision, dental and prescription benefits. Some plans are eliminating free teeth cleanings and gym memberships, and raising fees for hearing aids, eye glasses and emergency-room visits.

Medicare Advantage plans will take the biggest hit when the health care overhaul starts to take effect next month, mainly because Medicare Advantage plans are privately run plans that offer additional benefits beyond traditional Medicare. Obamas health care overhaul cuts to Medicare Advantage will open up the doors for 30 million Americans who currently dont have health insurance c overage. By taking some funding away from Medicare Advantage, money can be put towards those 30 million uninsured.

Democrats say the payment cuts are fair because Medicare overpays private insurers to run the plans. The government now pays private insurance companies an average of 9% more to operate the plans than it costs the government to run traditional Medicare, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent congressional agency. That allows insurers to offer richer benefits to enrollees. (Wall Street Journal Online)

As for standard Medicare plans, they will not change, a common misconception among seniors according to Time.com. In a July poll, 50% of seniors believed health care reform would cut benefits that were previously provided to all people on Medicare, and that Medicare patients will have to spend more out of their own pocket. The reality is that while Medicare Advantage will change dramatically, standard Medicare will not, according to Time.com.

The law requires Medicare to pay 100% of preventive care, which includes checkups. The law will also gradually close the Medicare prescription drug gap known as the doughnut hole.

Home health care Dallas- The best health care service at the comfort of one’s home

Home health care companies provide skilled health care service to the patients at the very comfort of their homes. These services are less expensive and will be charged similar to that of the hospital or skilled nurse care facility.

The treatment for any kind of injury or illness received at home is referred to as home health care. Occupational, physical and speech therapy is also included. Home health care Dallas is a kind of skilled nursing care. Routine personal care services and other care services like cooking, laundry and shopping are included. Home health care personnel’s will attend to cases including diabetic. those with high blood pressure, arthritis, any kind of chronic disease or illness and wound care. Besides these health care services, a professional and skilled health care personnel also provides service including senior transportation, meal preparation, house keeping service and many more.

A home health care service is provided on recommendation. The doctor should determine the need for health care to the patient. A special for physical speech therapy besides getting a skilled nurse are the prerequisites for having a home health care service. It is recommended to be home bound while getting a home health service, that is the patient must not leave the home.

Such situations where the patient is not home bound are considerable, but require a taxing effort. In order to prevent the patient from getting hospitalized home health care services are opted for. If the condition of the patient allows him/her to be at home then getting hospitalized or being at a nursing facility is not a good option. Sometimes being hospitalized for longer period of times can further more deteriorate the health of patient.

The home health care Dallas is not usually very expensive and many a time will cost much like a hospital care or a skilled nursing facility. The patients can easily recover form accidents, illness, surgery or any other medical condition. A personal physician directs the professional health care service and rehabilitation services at the very comfort of one’s home. The routine personal health care service includes all the services like, wound care treatment for surgical wounds, accidental wounds or pressure ulcers.

The occupational therapy by home health care service includes treatment for recent strokes, grooming, bating and dressing whereas the speech therapy includes pneumonia, swallowing issues, recent strokes etc. When home health care service is preferred by diabetic patients the injections are given at regular intervals and on right time. Medication management is the main aim of any home health care management.

Author Bio: Alester Brown writes unique and informative articles about Senior Care in Dallas.