Herald readers may have found in the mail, as I have recently, a questionnaire from the Health Care Task Force, a project of the National Center for Public Policy Research. The questionnaire concerns what they call "The Medicare 209 Addendum," the provisions of which you are asked to accept or reject by return mail.
When I contacted the center (202-543-4110), I learned that the intent of the questionnaire is to raise enough objections to the Health Care Reform bill passed by Congress on Sept. 23 sufficient to overturn it. This was no surprise, but because the bill is still puzzling to many people, I offer two sources of reliable information concerning it: the we site HealthCare.gov and an article in Consumer Report (Oct. 2010, pages 18-19). The article is a report of an interview given by President Obama to Nancy Metcalf, senior health program editor for the magazine.
The article answers such questions as: What does the Health Care Reform law provide for people who would like to have health insurance but can't afford it? What about young adults who aren't eligible for Medicare and can't find a job to pay for it? What if I have a preexisting condition which would prevent me from getting insurance? What about preventive care for which my insurance company won't pay? If I get cancer will I be able to keep my insurance for as long as I need it?
These and other questions are being asked now. Some have already been addressed in the law and others are under consideration by the Obama administration, being worked out in the marketplace. Perhaps a citizen can do best by seeking out reliable information instead of political harangue.