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1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Yeah, Sure. You Can Keep Your Health Plan If You Like It...Not (Redux)

"New" Poison Pill discovered in the health care reform law.  Guess what, I wrote about it a year ago.

Leaked draft from HHS regulations indicate that about 50% of workers will find their health plan went "poof" over the first three years of the new law (Washington Post, June 12).

Here's an excerpt from my post on July 17, 2009:
3. Under the section ironically titled “Protecting the Choice to Keep Current Coverage” (pg 16), it says in effect, “sure, you can keep your current plan if you like, as long as your insurer makes no changes, up or down, in deductibles, co-pays, or benefits…or you’ll have to move to a government-approved plan.” Nor can existing employer plans enroll new customers after the bill is passed, and in 5 years the insurer has to change that plan to the government-approved set of benefits (pg 17).

I don’t think I have the same definition of “choice” that the government has.
This was in the first, and all subsequent, versions of the bill.  Note that it was on page 16, so you didn't have to read very far to find out what it said.

Ask yourself, how reasonable is it to impose all these restrictions, and expect insurers to continue to offer the plan that 85% of people were happy with?  Not likely...which was the plan all along.
Doc D

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