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February 18, 2010

Rocka-Tinsley Healthcare Restructuring Act

Whereas the duty of Government is to protect is Citizens.

Whereas The Wealthiest nation in the world has a duty to provide affordable healthcare to all its Citizens

The Congress of the United States of America:

1. Affirms every citizens right to quality healthcare,
2. Declares that no insurance Company can deny any person, coverage based on previously existing medical condition,
3. Declares that once accepted by an insurer, no person can be dropped by that insurer for any medical reason whatsoever.
4. Establishes a national Healthcare Database
a. Provides 85 Billion dollars of funding for the project
b. Affirms every citizens medical privacy rights
c. Affirms Medical records in the database will be afforded the same rights as paper medical rights
d. Affirms Doctor Patient confidentiality
5. Recognizes that not all citizens may have the financial means to afford healthcare,
a. Declares all families making fewer than 30 thousand dollars a year will have to apply and register to receive a voucher to go towards the purchase of health insurance.
b. The vouchers will b worth 1000 multiplied by the number of people in the family up to 10.
c. The voucher will be good for one year and will have to be renewed every year.
d. Persons not having legal status in the United States are deemed in eligible for assistance. However if they have a child who is a legal U.S. citizen they may seek assistance for that child.
6. Establishes a 10 million dollar limit on damages due to malpractice. Establishes a 1 million dollar cap on damages for pain and suffering.
7. Establishes a National Health Board to determine which medical procedures and medicines are both safe and effective.
a. The board shall be headed by the Surgeon General of the United States
b. The board shall be Comprised of 6 Health professionals named by the Surgeon General and The Surgeon General.
c. All health Professionals Named to the Board shall be Persons with at least a PhD in medicine.
d. None of the procedures listed by the National Health Board shall be deemed experimental by insurers
e. The board shall convene every quarter to decide whether to update the list.
8. Mandates that every child in grades K-12 attending Schools that receive public assistance must participate in physical education everyday for at least 30 minutes 4 days a week one day a week students must attend a health lifestyle course as part of their physical education class.
9. Mandates all schools remove all candy, soda, chips, and sugary drinks from vending machines used by students in these schools.
10. Establishes a Non-for profit Health Insurance Organization.
a. The Organization Shall Be called The American Health Initiative.
b. The Purpose of the Initiative shall be to provide affordable healthcare and will be available to all Citizens, and legal residents of the United States.
c. Parents deemed illegal immigrants may enroll any of their children who are U.S. citizens.
d. The Initiative will pay for primary healthcare coverage, medicine, and all medical procedures approved by the National Health Board.
e. The Imitative will pay for all medical procedures deemed necessary to insure quality of life.
f. The Initiative will only pay for surgeries and procedures preformed in the United States of America and its territories.

g. The cost of Enrollment is based on Family Size.
i. Individuals will pay semi-annually $1800 to enroll in the program, with a 200 co-pay on minor procedures and $1000 co-pay on major procedures.
ii. Families of two will pay semi-annually $3600 to enroll, with a 200 co-pay on minor procedures and $1000 co-pay on major procedures.
iii. Families of three will pay semi annually $4000 to enroll with a 200 co-pay on minor procedures and $1000 co-pay on major procedures.
iv. Families of four will pay semi-annually $4800 to enroll with a 200 co-pay on minor procedures and $1000 co-pay on major procedures.
v. Families with five or more people will pay semi-annually 5200 to enroll, with a 200 co-pay on minor procedures and $1000 co-pay on major procedures.
vi. Semi-annual checkups will require no payment.

h. All accepting Doctors are eligible for the following bonuses based on Health of Their patients and their own participation.
i. $100 for every patient who is within 15 pounds of recommended weight.
ii. $150 For each patient who attends a Healthy living Seminar
iii. $1000 for leading a Healthy living seminar
i. All patients will receive discounts for Health.
i. $150 for being within 15 pounds of recommended weight
ii. $150 for attending a free healthy living seminar.
j. Doctors are subject to audit by the National Health Initiative to insure accurate reporting.
k. People with unhealthy life style choices are subject to the following extra costs.
i. $500 annually for use of tobacco products
ii. $500 annually for being more than 40 pounds over recommended weight.
iii. Pregnant women and those suffering from illnesses that cause weight gain are exempt.

11. The Government will make available $500,000,000,000 dollars every year to help sections 5, 8 and 10 of this bill.
12. A new health tax of 1% will be placed on all fast food purchases and the purchases of food products that exceed the daily recommend amount of fat, sugar or salt.
13. Those making $250,001 or more a year will pay a $2000 Healthy living tax.

Sections 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 go into effect immediately upon passage of this bill. Already pending legal action is not subject to the provisions of this bill.

Sections 8 and 9 will go into effect at the beginning of the next calendar school year.

Sections 4 and 10 will begin construction immediately and will go in to effect 3 years after passage.

Respectfully submitted,

Senator Reggie Rocka of Louisiana
Senator Ollie Tinsley of Colorado









Submitted 11:50 AM by Reggie Rocka
prescription drugs
While I do support many aspects of this bill, I have two concerns.

Prescription drugs. This bill does not seem to directly cover or regulate this meds? And prescription drugs, even something simple like asthma inhalers that I use, are insanely expensive. Better to cover meds and regulate their costs by putting all citizens and legal residents in one giant pool and negotiate the pricing based on that. Meds can drive a family in to financial ruin as easy as surgery, etc.

I also do not believe the money provided for low income people even begins to cover the medical needs of an average family in the course of a year. Again, especially regarding meds. And what if that family has a child or parent in their care that has serious medical condition?

I realize the thinking is to get the conservatives to accept the bill, but if does not actually control costs, it still leaves Americans in a dangerous spot.
Posted By Roseanne Connor on 2/19/10 at 1:21 PM | Reply
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the money provided for the low income individuals is really for buying health insurance i don't expect people to pay out of pocket for healthcare because the fact is most of us could never afford to.

I left off prescription drugs intentionally because i wanted that to be discussed openly its probably one of the more central issues. I wanted to hear proposals from other people.
Posted By Reggie Rocka on 2/19/10 at 1:30 PM | Reply
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Okay, I understand now the money for low income people.

Outside of all people being in a single buyer pool, I can't see how med costs can really be reigned in.
Posted By Roseanne Connor on 2/19/10 at 2:59 PM | Reply
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imposing a huge tax of $2000 on those that make more than $250,001 a year is not only wrong, but arbitrary. What do you plan to use the money on, and how much do you plan to collect from the tax?
Posted By Micheal D. Huckabee on 2/21/10 at 9:30 AM | Reply
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the proposed tax is in no way arbitrary. To me it makes complete common sense that those with the most, who have benefited the most form our society pay the most taxes.

I do think it would be wort developing a calculation abt the moneies to be taken in with this assessment.
Posted By Roseanne Connor on 2/21/10 at 4:35 PM | Reply
RECIPE FOR DISASTER!!!!!
GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTHCARE DOES NOT WORK!!!!
- THE COSTS WOULD NOT GO DOWN: WHY? BECAUSE WHEN PRIVATE INSURERS ARE REGULATED SO MUCH THEY LOOSE MONEY CAUSING THEM TO RAISE FEES AND RATES PLUS ADDITIONAL TAXES THAT WILL BE IMPOSED ON THEM

- THE VALUE AND PRISTIGE OF OUR MEDICAL CARE WILL GO DOWN: WHY? WHEN YOU FORCE 20 MILLION MORE PATIENT TO THE SYSTEM WITH OUT IT HAVING THE CAPACITY FOR THE ADDITIONAL DEMAND EVERYBODY'S CARE IS DIVIDED AND THAT MEANS DOCTORS HAVE LESS TIME WITH PATIENTS SO THAT WILL INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF MISDIAGNOSES AND MALPRACTICE( LIKE THEY SAY QUALITY NOT QUANTITY)
fOR EXAMPLE I AM CURRENTLY UNDER I A SYSTEM OF HEALTHCARE LIKE THIS ONE IN MASSACHUSSETTS, 37% OF PRACTICES ARE FULL AND NOT ACCEPTING ADDITIONAL PATIENTS, WAITING TIME IDS SUBSTANCIALLY LONGER, DOCTORS HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME TO SEE YOU BECAUSE OF GOV/INSURANCE REGULATIONS, AND OVERALL HEALTHCARE IS GONIG DOWN THE DRAIN!!!!
FINALLY LOOK AT FREAKIN EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY COME HERE FOR TREATMENT THEY URGENTLY NEED BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAVE THIS SYSTEM OF HEALTHCARE REFORNM THAT CONGRESS IS TRYIN TO PASS!!!!!
THERE IS SO MANY MORE REASONS WHY THIS I A RECIPE FOR DISATER!!!!!
Posted By scotty on 3/13/10 at 3:57 PM | Reply
RIGHTS ?
You are not born with the right to free healthcare...just the freedom tochoose whether-or-not you want it...and where to get it.
Posted By D. L. Brunner on 3/27/10 at 8:53 AM | Reply

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