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House Passes Comprehensive Health Care Reform Bill

Published March 22, 2010 12:45 PM by Glen McDaniel

Late last night the House of Representatives passed a sweeping health care bill, dubbed the "most comprehensive healthcare reform in over a century." The bill which passed 219-212, without a singe Republican vote now goes to the President for his signature and will become the law of the land.

It is estimated that  an additional 32 million people will be insured with some changes being put into effect over the next few months, but the most sweeping changes will occur around 2014. The bill passed last night is essentially the Senate bill, warts and all.  So to make sure the amendments become law,  a companion "fix it" bill, consisting of changes made to the larger Senate bill was also passed by a second vote of 220-211. This little companion bill-of-changes now goes to the Senate for a vote.

The debate inside and outside of the chamber has been heated and full of rhetoric to say the least. But now that the main bill has been passed, what are your thoughts personally and professionally? How will you, your family, your organization-and even healthcare delivery as a whole- be affected?



This aticrle keeps it real, no doubt.

Alexandra Alexandra, FALdodzXHkJbW - hYJGdHHLSexXsz, cDziZVsoYvTU September 19, 2011 7:24 AM

Here is the deal, we are getting too excited too fast. We are not sure how this will affect us at this point.

If the emphasis is on wellness and prevention the lab could be swamped with a bunch of additional testing to help keep people well-before they get sick. That is additional revenue.

More people will be insured so hospitals and labs will get something where now they get nothing from a lot of people who have no insurance and cant afford to pay for anything. I mean now there are lots of free tests.

Since everything costs money the lab might find there is decreased reimbursemnet from  Medicare and the government.

Right now, who knows?

Lynn C. MT (ASCP) March 25, 2010 12:24 PM
Atlanta GA

We will have 32 million additional people with coverage? Who will pay for this?

Medicare already reinburses terrible, is this what we are going to see across the board? More medicare/medicaide less private insurance.

The lab is going to take a big hit, WE ARE GOING TO WORK MORE WITH LESS PAY.

Bad news for all the ancillary profession, I see pay cuts for all professions.

Seeing that we have no voice, we are going to be the first to get a pay cut

Mike BS MT (ASCP) March 23, 2010 2:38 AM

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