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Discussion about health care

By Rick Braatz-  Representative Bob Filner discussed health care, immigration and military policy at a breakfast at the San Diego LGBT Community Center, last Friday.
First on the representativeâ??s agenda was the recently passed national health care legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, both signed by President Obama last March.
Challenging Republicans who are seeking to repeal the legislation, Filner said, â??Try to repeal it. Try to repeal the fact that in the first time in our history, kids who have preexisting conditions whether itâ??s from a birth defect or asthma will be able to get health insurance for the first time. Try to repeal the fact that seniors will now have full access to prescription drugs, as they donâ??t now because of the way it was originally passed. Try to repeal the fact that insurance companies canâ??t put a cap on your health care or canâ??t just knock [it] up because youâ??re spending too much money.â?
The legislative provisions that Filner mentioned took effect immediately after Obama signed the bills, but there are a number of other elements that wonâ??t take effect until 2014 and include requiring most people to obtain health insurance, the development of a â??health insurance exchangeâ? that will help people compare prices between different insurance policies and government subsidies to make health insurance quotes more affordable for people to purchase.
While Filner said that he was happy with a number of the billsâ?? provisions, he did say they had one major problem: keeping insurance companies intact.
â??I frankly donâ??t understand myself why we need insurance companies in the first place. I mean, come on, they are the middle guys,â? Filner said. â??I think the best way we can make it better is to [take the insurance companies out of the equation].â?

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