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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Will the Senate Follow Suit?

Published November 9, 2009 5:29 PM by Rebecca Mayer

The health care reform legislation that was approved by the House of Representatives on Saturday has attached high hopes to a very large price tag-the bill would cost $1.1 trillion over 10 years and reduce the federal deficit by $104 billion.

Senator Joe Lieberman, an Independent Democrat from Connecticut, was quoted as saying, "I believe the debt can break America and send us into a recession that's worse than the one we're fighting our way out of today."

Clearly such a statement resonates with each and every American who has struggled through the current economic hardships. But doesn't every American also deserve access to health care?

Congressional Democrats say that by expanding Medicaid eligibility, the bill would extend coverage to 36 million US residents currently without insurance. The bill also promises to establish a national health insurance exchange, where individuals could purchase private coverage or a public health insurance plan.

PTs work through insurance-related issues every day in the hallways of hospitals and in the gyms of outpatient clinics. What do you believe the Senate should do?

posted by Rebecca Mayer


We must allow our government to assist those who need it most, otherwise we will be false to our profession.  There are ways to reduce cost, most of the points in the Republican option should be turned around 180 degrees to make this happen.  Why do we protect companies from being charged as a when that's just what they are?  And why would we want to allow companies the ability to write a policy in a state and not follow the laws of that state?  Instead they could find a state that allowed anything and put up shop there.  To me this is immoral!

Joseph, Outpatient - PTA, Hospital November 10, 2009 8:38 PM
Palm Coast FL

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