system — employer-provided insurance, Medicare for the elderly, Medicaid for the poor — would stay in place. The government would create health insurance exchanges for people who have to buy insurance on their own, so they could more easily compare plans and prices. 2. Insurance companies will be regulated more heavily . They will be told the minimum services they must cover, including preventive care. They will have to pay out a certain percentage of premiums for patient care.
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Why President Obama is deploying explainer-in-chief Bill Clinton to lift Obamacare
More than 100 lawmakers want Obama to get congressional approval for any military strike against Syria. Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) urged caution on Syria. And Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) accused the Obama administration of leaking its plans. Sen.
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‘Talk to neighbors, spread the facts’ on health care, says Obama
Don’t Miss In depth: Health care in America “That is just an extraordinary lie,” he said, adding that it was based on a provision in the House legislation that would allow Medicare to reimburse someone who voluntarily sought counseling on how to set up a living will for the end of life. “It gives an option that people who can afford fancy lawyers already experience,” the Harvard-trained lawyer said. In addition, the plan does not provide health insurance to illegal aliens, it does not represent a government takeover of health care and it would not lead to government funding of abortion, he said. “These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation: that is, that we look out for one another; that is, I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper. And in the wealthiest nation in the world right now we are neglecting to live up to that call.” Watch a discussion of the emotion and rhetoric of some town hall meetings Obama, who took no questions, said the opposition was no surprise. “Throughout history, whenever we have sought to change this country for the better, there have always been those who wanted to preserve the status quo,” he said. “These always boil down to a contest between hope and fear.” Prior to the call, Obama’s director of domestic policy, Melody Barnes, said the president still believes that including a public option is the best way to achieve low-cost, affordable health care.
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