So, now it’s the Senate’s turn: the Senate’s turn to deliver on health care reform.
As in the House, it’s not a perfect bill. But it’s a damned good start.
Like the House bill, the Senate version gets rid of the pre-existing condition nonsense and takes away the ability of insurance companies to cancel policies just because you happen to get sick.
It would extend coverage to another 31 million Americans. And, while it would cost $849 billion – a small price for universal health care – it would also, according to the Congressional Budget Office, save $127 billion off the deficit over the next 10 years.
Unfortunately, the Senate bill now includes a tax on some insurance policies – which could hurt a lot of working Americans with union health care funds. Like me.
And the Senate’s public plan option would give states the ability to opt-out. Which is not fair to a lot of people who need health insurance, but live in red states.
But, with all its faults, the Senate bill’s better than what came out of the Finance Committee. And it’s a hell of a lot better than the status quo.
That’s my parting shot for today.