Highlights from ADA's Annual Banquet
The highlights from ADA's 2009 Annual Banquet are up on the website. See photos from the evening and more!
Health Care on the Hill
The fight for health care reform continues to heat up on the Hill. President Obama has set October 15 as the deadline for approval of health care reform and Democratic leaders in Congress are rushing to clear bills from their respective chambers by the end of July.
The cost of health care reform is a sticking point in much of the negotiations. Over the weekend, President Obama floated a proposal that would help pay for the more than $1 trillion health care cost by limiting spending on federal health programs for the elderly and the poor. President Obama's proposal would reduce Medicare and Medicaid spending by more than $600 billion through 2019. Senate Democrats are considering two ideas: to tax health care benefits above a certain level, such as employer provided benefits in excess of $15,000 a year, starting in 2013. This option is projected to raise about $420 billion over 10 years. The second idea would be to apply this health care benefits tax only to families earning more than $200,000 a year ($100,000 for individuals) which is projected to raise about $160 billion over 10 years.
ADA remains a fervent supporter of a single-payer national health care program and we will not support a health care reform package that does not include the strong public plan option that President Obama and other progressive Congressional leaders are calling for in the current debate.
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