Health Care Reform in the U.S.


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U.S. health care reform could have far-reaching effects, but it's too soon to predict the potential impact on individuals. Whose side are you on?

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Health Care Reform in the U.S.

  1. 1. Health Care Reform in the U.S. Have you joined the debate?
  2. 2. Where do you stand? <ul><li>U.S. political parties divided </li></ul><ul><li>Most Republicans in strong opposition </li></ul><ul><li>Most Democrats support changes </li></ul><ul><li>Both sides have legitimate points </li></ul><ul><li>We’re waiting to see things play out </li></ul>
  3. 3. Consumers are confused <ul><li>Will I be paying more taxes? </li></ul><ul><li>Will I be forced to purchase a government-run insurance policy? </li></ul><ul><li>Will I still be able to see my regular doctor? </li></ul><ul><li>Bill is in the early stages </li></ul><ul><li>Too soon to tell how changes will impact health care costs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Problems faced by consumers <ul><li>Many smaller employers don’t offer group health insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance companies can deny coverage to individuals based on pre-existing conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Buying private insurance is costly </li></ul><ul><li>Some individuals choose not to be covered due to cost </li></ul>
  5. 5. Reform points <ul><li>Employers with 50+ employees must offer group health insurance plan or pay a penalty </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance companies cannot deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Public plan (government-run) will be made available </li></ul><ul><li>Public plan will compete with private insurers to drive costs down </li></ul><ul><li>Americans must be covered or pay a penalty </li></ul>
  6. 6. Costs <ul><li>Subsidies offered to help cover the costs of premiums </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals who make less than $43,000 per year </li></ul><ul><li>Families of four who make less than $88,000 per year </li></ul><ul><li>97% of U.S. citizens to be covered under insurance </li></ul>
  7. 7. What are the concerns? <ul><li>New taxes to cover the cost of subsidies and public insurance plans </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on small businesses who must now offer group plans </li></ul><ul><li>Can the U.S. afford to carry this cost burden? </li></ul><ul><li>Will the financial burden be passed on to taxpayers? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Additional concerns <ul><li>Physicians may choose not to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Will I be forced to change doctors? </li></ul><ul><li>Declining quality of health care </li></ul><ul><li>Public funding of abortions – addressed by an addendum signed by U.S. President Barack Obama </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No abortion funding except in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What’s the end result? <ul><li>Too soon to tell </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention is still the best medicine </li></ul><ul><li>“ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” </li></ul><ul><li>Leading a healthy lifestyle is a strong foundation for optimal health </li></ul>
  10. 10. Megavista Health <ul><li>Our goal is to provide you with the best information on positive, holistic health and nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Natural methods, techniques and nutritional information to help you lead a vibrant, healthy and stress-free life </li></ul><ul><li>Visit us today to begin your journey </li></ul>
  11. 11. Where do you stand? <ul><li>We want to know what you think about healthcare reform </li></ul><ul><li>We’ve set up a special discussion on our forum for you to share your views </li></ul><ul><li>Join the debate today! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>