Get your hands off my (health care) tax credit!
Unlike pandering politicians, many of whom have been on taxpayer financed healthcare for a very long time, I struggled through almost all of 2009 trying to find health care coverage that I could afford. I had to settle for something that cost too much and did too little. The historic new heath care package that became law yesterday has a ton of benefits, but one that stands out to me are the small business tax credits. That includes tax credits of up to 35% of premiums that are available right now and 50% beginning in 2014. Oh my goodness, I must be a socialist for wanting to take advantage of tax credits!
The benefits don't end with sizable tax credits for small business. There is something to help nearly everyone that has been genuinely struggling to afford decent quality health care. So get your hands off their health care benefits!
- Seniors get rebates to begin closing the Medicare Part D "donut hole" and no more co-payments under Medicare for preventative services.
- No discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions (first for kids then for adults starting in 2014).
- No more dropping people that have insurance just because they get sick.
- Free preventative care under new plans.
- Health insurance exchanges for individuals seeking insurance.
- Temporary high risk pools for uninsured with pre-existing conditions.
- A new investment in both community health centers and in increasing the number of primary care doctors.
- Allowing young adults to stay on their parents health care plans longer.
Like I said at the outset, I don't have a lot of time to blog this week, so I'll have to stop listing the many benefits of reform. But you get the idea. As long as the public starts realizing some of these benefits of reform, they are going to join the chorus. The quicker that these and other benefits start reaching the people, I think that they will tell grandstanding Republican politicians to, "Get your hands off my healthcare!"