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    Senate casts 1st votes to overhaul health care

    Senate casts 1st votes to overhaul health care - Yahoo! News

    WASHINGTON – In its first vote on health care overhaul, the Senate Thursday narrowly approved an amendment to safeguard coverage of mammograms and preventive screening tests for women under a revamped system.

    The 61-39 vote on an amendment by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, would allow the Health and Human Services secretary to require insurers to cover preventive health screenings free of charge.
    The Mikulski-Snowe amendment would give the health and human services secretary authority to require health plans to cover additional preventive services for women. The Congressional Budget Office said the amendment would cost $940 million over a decade.

    Mikulski said her amendment would guarantee that decisions are left to women and their doctors, not placed in the hands of government bureaucrats or medical statisticians. She accepted a modification to her amendment by Vitter that would specifically prevent the controversial recommendations on mammograms from restricting coverage of the test.
    I found this story particular important because it is the first steps of subjecting health coverage decisions to the machinations of the political process.

    We've seen many stories already on how preventative medicine doesn't save but actually costs more.

    Health insurers should cover what people are willing to pay for and not what they are ordered to cover.
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    Re: Senate casts 1st votes to overhaul health care

    "Free" means it's gonna cost more and more and more.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    Re: Senate casts 1st votes to overhaul health care

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Senate casts 1st votes to overhaul health care - Yahoo! News





    I found this story particular important because it is the first steps of subjecting health coverage decisions to the machinations of the political process.

    We've seen many stories already on how preventative medicine doesn't save but actually costs more.

    Health insurers should cover what people are willing to pay for and not what they are ordered to cover.
    Thx for posting .... I find the third Republican 'aye', David Vitter, to be unexpected; and one of the Democratic 'no' votes to be unexpected as well (Russ Feingold).


    I'm glad the amendment passed. I disagree with your conclusion in that I think specifying minimum basic coverages that must be included are a good step forward. Although, if that's going to be specified amendment by amendment this is going to be sausage-making at its most tedious ...

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