Saturday, January 29, 2011

Just What Does Mike Rogers' Vote for Repealing Health Care Reform Mean?

We all know that Republican Rep. Mike Rogers voted to repeal health care reform, but we don't know exactly what that means for us.

For example, Medicare recipients in the prescription drug donut hole received a $250 rebate check as part of health care reform. At least 3 million people have received their checks already. If health care reform is repealed, do those people who have received the check have to pay back the $250? If they can't pay, will Mike Rogers send IRS agents out to make them pay? If they don't have to pay it back, how is that far to other Medicare recipients who won't be getting a check?

What about those Medicare recipients who have taken advantage of the dozen or more preventive health care screenings such as annual physicals that Medicare now covers due to health care reform? Are they going to have to repay Medicare for those services? If not, why not? How is that fair to Medicare recipients who haven't yet taken advantage of those covered services?

Many children with pre-existing conditions are now receiving health care coverage due to health care reform. Does Mike Rogers want the coverage for those children yanked now? Couldn't that result in catastrophic consequences for some seriously ill children? You know, sort of like death panels.

And what about adult children, up to age 26, who were able to stay on their parents' health insurance? Are they now kicked off?

Haven't heard word one from Mike Rogers about how he is going to deal with these people if repeal were to succeed.

Why am I not surprised?

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