March 16th, 2010
06:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Would health care changes be felt immediately?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" GOP Rep. Paul Ryan discusses health care overhaul legislation during a markup hearing March 15."]
Washington (CNN) - President Obama launched his health care reform effort shortly after taking office, saying the country could not afford to continue to sustain the costs and the burden on families.

The House is expected to vote soon on the health care bill that the Senate passed in December, though many House Democrats remain opposed to it.

One of the options for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: having the House pass the Senate bill but following up with another vote in both chambers on a series of changes. The idea is to make the legislation more acceptable for House Democrats opposed to the Senate's version.

Although some of the provisions in the reform bill won't be implemented immediately, here's what Democrats say would go into effect in the first year after passage:

Full story

Filed under: Health care
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sheena

    I believe that the Democrats and President in charge of passing this bill are not telling The American People the TRUTH. I think that what will be felt immediately is higher taxes, higher insurance rates....

    March 16, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Oh, and for those 85% of you who currently have health insurance you can be absolutely certain that rates will also instantly go up. They will climb faster and farther than without this bill. Who wants that?

    March 16, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    Would health care changes be felt immediately? You bet they would be! The first thing that will happen is that insurers will drop out of the insurance market completely because it will be impossible to make a profit, much less break even. This will be accompanied by a structured non-renewal of individual and group policies. There will be more people, as a result, whose only "choice" will be to rely on the Government. Total disaster. Just what people like Obama want...................

    Wake up and smell the coffee America! This president and his left wing cronies in Congress want complete takeover!

    March 16, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    Please fail this HCR bill.

    If we vote "no", then that's 18,000 less Americans living here every year.

    Oh, that's the number of people who dide every year due to lack of insurance.

    NOW that's MY AMERICA!

    Money > Human Life

    March 16, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Bob in Pa.

    Go read those first provisions of the bill. This is one of those situations you were warned about as a kid. If it sounds to good to be true...

    This bill will effect the American people tha same way their supposed credit card reform did last year. Do any of you recall getting cards cancelled, credit lines decreased, and those lovely conversions to variable rate terms?

    The Insurance companies will do the same, they will find the loopholes, go through their policies with a fine tooth comb and start dropping people, removing provisions in their policies and jacking their rates through the roof.

    Make no doubt about it folks, this is the progressives one real shot at destroying the middle class. Pass this and then start on increasing enery costs and we are out of here folks. Middle Class Americans, Welcome to becoming one of the working poor.

    March 16, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. John in WV

    Absolutely...The most change you will see is a president that has decided to kick some butt and is tired of repubs trying to kick his. The rest will follow.

    March 16, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Mike in MN

    I don't see anything there that will bring down the cost for those already purchasing insurance or any help for those not covered because they can't afford it. People already sick will be helped and people under age 26 can be added to their parents plan if they aren't already. Not much there though for the healthy majority who already are covered but want to see costs go down, or for those who can't afford coverage now. The majority of voters are not going to see any impact over the next 6 months.

    March 16, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Ann

    As someone with a preexisting condition who works with college students, I will see benefits immediately. I live in fear of my health insurance company dropping my coverage or, heaven forbid, I get laid off. I will now be able to get decent coverage. I'm happy paying for it, but without this health insurance reform, the care I need would be excluded!

    The students I work with, many of whom are over 21and are working mutliple part time jobs to fit around their school schedules, will be able to stay on their parent's plans longer. Right now, they are one illness away from ruining their financial future. It is very scary.

    March 16, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. chris l

    "Heres what Democraps say" LOL LOL, Well I now know that OBOZOCARES Effects, with the exception of ALL of our taxes going through the roof and our countries debt growing to extraordinary rates which will occur immediately, will not really take place for about 3-4 years.

    March 16, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. annie against biased news

    Only criminals trying to destroy our country would vote an issue of this importance this way. Pelosi should be tried for treason for even coming up with these ideas!

    March 16, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    Please fail this HCR bill.

    If we vote "no", then that's 18,000 less Americans living here every year.

    Oh, that's the number of people who die every year due to lack of insurance.

    NOW that's MY AMERICA!

    Money > Human Life

    March 16, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    The only thing you'll feel immediately is the taxes that will hit us all. STOP IT CONGRESS NOW!

    March 16, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom


    The Republicans are against SAVING American lives. Let's remember, this America, when we go to the polls in November!

    March 16, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Albo58

    If you don't pay taxes, then you will notice next to nothing!

    March 16, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. D.

    So, take these items, make them a bill and try to pass this, rather than the "taxation without health-protection" bill!

    March 16, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. all the news that's fit to omit

    FOUR or FIVE years of funding by US and the programs kick in after the fourth or fifth year.

    That's how the numbers work.

    Also taking out the Doctor fix at 250 BILLION.

    That's how the numbers work.

    The next GUESSTIMATE OWEBAMA and company are even CLOSE on, will be the first.

    Lies, Lies, Myths, and more Lies.

    That's how the numbers work.

    March 16, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. aware

    This is the time of year when we celebrate resurrection and the Kingdom of God. It is the time when we say, Jesus is Lord and Obama is not.

    When God is left out of leadership human complicity is involved in: The way of the lie – propaganda, the way of manipulation and the way of depersonalization. Everything is abstract, impersonal, and disguised as good, but it is really dehumanizing, death dealing and alienating.

    It is evil that does not look like evil – that is disguised as light – that has all the appearance of good but silently and invisibly destroys people's lives.

    All leaders take note! 🙁

    March 16, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |