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Posted: May 10, 2010 4:05 p.m.
Updated: May 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Some Americans are jubilant from the exhaustive health-care reform fight. The media paints the haters as very bitter, angry and fearful of the future penalties so they are filing suits in the Supreme Court.

The constitutional challenges are hopefully on weak ground and just another level of spin coming from those who didn't want to see health-care reform by Democrats and President Barack Obama.

I know voters disgusted with Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, for not answering their calls for health-care reform. Others demonize Obama and the Democrats for pushing the social legislation, but Medicare and Social Security were received the same way by Republicans in the past.

"The greatest wealth is health," because it is not something most Americans cannot afford to buy, skirting bankruptcy even when they are insured. Insurance companies will no longer put lifetime limits on the coverage.

Preventative care is encouraged. No more pre-existing conditions. Manufacturers will assist by lowering the amount of sugar, food coloring, salt and additives in our food and drinks.

Children will remain on their parents health care policies up to 26 years of age, allowing time for appropriate successful workforce training or finishing their masters. Seniors who spend $2,500 a year won't fall into the doughnut hole, allowing seniors $250 a month for prescription drugs.

Medicare will be the same and some additional services added. Consumer protection will slow growth rates causing doctors, hospitals and medical centers to be prudent in their rates. This should be a boon for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's bottom line.

The associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research said that tort reform is not the answer to keeping the costs down, but this is another crucial obstacle needing future attention.

Consequently, exchanges will create insurance pool to lower out-of-pocket deductibles, which will lead to tax breaks for the middle class.


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