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March 28th, 2010
05:08 PM ET

Navigating the new healthcare bill

How does the new healthcare  bill affect you and your family?  We asked Emory University's Ken Thorpe to talk about some of the major changes.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
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  1. Tina

    I am currently a full time student, despite still being in school i was dropped from my retired military father's health insurance. Under the new bill will i be reissued an id card so that i can be covered by his health care again?

    March 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  2. Rob

    Is there any provision in this health care bill that will outlaw conpanies from hiring doctors to make false statement against injured workers in the workplace and requesting mental health doctors to change reason of care (from workplace to drugs); companies requesting doctors to relaese injured worker from under doctor care, to return injured party back to work early. This practices should be outlaw and address under law. Can you ask about this abuse?

    March 30, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  3. Cindy

    Why aren't you explaining to your viewers what the inside questions to your CNN poll re: HC Bill shows?

    According to your own CNN poll – 13% of those opposing the bill wanted the bill more liberal. So a 52% Majority either Support the bill or wanted it more liberal – a 43% minority side with the republicans.

    This applies to all polls. There are always 10-13% who disapprove/oppose because they wanted single-payer/public option – NOT because they side with republicans.

    The reporting is misleading and infuriating. The Majority is center/left on this issue.

    March 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  4. Sheena

    Well After one week, I see that Medicare Advantage has already gone up $4.50 for a office visit. I wonder what will be forthcoming in the next weeks and years.
    Taxes will go up heavily to pay for this, within a people that has almost nothing left now.
    It may help some but it will break this country as a whole, it should have been done differently and not all lumped into one terrible bill.
    And College Funds do NOT belong in a health care bill.
    The Insurance and Drug Companies are going to make out like bandits, despite what this administration says, its the truth.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  5. Gene Lucas

    It will certainly increase our taxes, or our national debt. The simple arithmetic is – you can't add the medical expenses of 30 million people without increasing the overall cost. Not that these people don't need to be covered. The question some people are asking is why should that happen when Germany, which has universal insurance, spends half of what we do for that insurance?

    March 31, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  6. teresa oconnell

    the new health care bill may not take effect until 2014 if i understand it correctly, but medicare has "tweaked" their extra help program. people like me now arent eligble, even though i got it last year. i know it taxes the program, but now i have to chose between my medications or a place to live. i didnt get a raise in income. im now 2% over their new "guidelines" i was never informed that they changed them. ive talked to them, ive begged them,ive filed an appeal. they just give me the same list of agencies for help. state agencies have lower guidelines than they do. so where and what am i supposed to do? my car sure does look better and better! im one of those people that fall through the cracks and end up on the streets. love it!

    April 2, 2010 at 8:47 am |