We’ll answer your health care questions

Do you have questions about the new health care law?

To say it’s very complex would be an understatement. One example — different provisions go into effect from 2010 until 2020.

We’ll try to help you through the maze by answering as many questions as possible in the Sunday paper and on the Web on Sunday morning.

Please post your questions below. Or you can send them to rhalicks@ajc.com.

15 comments Add your comment

TnGelding

March 23rd, 2010
9:58 am

Understatement? You got that right! It was my main objection to the bill. It didn’t have to be.

Ron

March 23rd, 2010
10:13 am

Frankly, I don’t see how anyone can accurately address and answer questions regarding ObamaCare.
As soon as this thing is signed into law this morning the signing will be followed by a barrage of lawsuits challenging its Constitutionality. In addition, several states have already passed legislation exempting their citizens from participating in the plan. All of this will be challenged in the courts. (Will Obama send in federal troops to dissenting states to force people to sign up?) Today is a ceremony. The devil is in the details and NO ONE (except maybe the insurance companies) understands the devil much less the details.

Nativeson71

March 23rd, 2010
11:01 am

It will soon be illegal to deny someone coverage due to a ‘pre-existing condition.’ I think this is a great thing. As far as the rest of the bill goes…who cares.

TTPB

March 23rd, 2010
11:02 am

Will you be required to participate in this program if you already have an adequate insurance plan? Will ObamaCare affect the premiums I currently pay to my current insurance plan? The government cannot even handle the financial affairs of their programs and day-to-day operations, as is – how in the world is the government going to operate and manage this plan? Who’s benefiting the most from this plan?

Pamela

March 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

There is no such thing as ObamaCare. It is outright disrespectful for the use of that term. My family has insurance and yet I see the need for this healthcare program. It is a sad and pitiful day that in the United State of America there are so many people whose selfishness and greediness has made it apparent that no one should care about fellow Americans. In this country it has always been about “my brothers keeper” and now it seems as though with the times people only care about themselves. If you can live with children, poor and unemployed people not being medically treated or having preventive care then may God bless you along with the evil Republilcans.

Melissa

March 23rd, 2010
11:55 am

Amen to Pamela!!!

This blog is for questions – take your hateful rhetoric to Fox News.

I read somewhere that for those of us that currently have insurance through our employers would get a tax credit beginning in 2014 to offset the cost of premiums we pay – what other advantages/disadvantages are there for people in that catergory? Are there any provisions for dental insurance?

halbert

March 23rd, 2010
12:13 pm

the company i work for has provided me with good heatlh care. how much extra will the company now have to pay? I understand they will have a 45% tax added? Can that Be true?
Do we really think people can not get health care when they do not have inusrance?
Pamela, I am my brothers keeper I dont need Government to keep my brother.

Interested Observer

March 23rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Will there be a tax credit to pay for premiums for those earning less than $100,000 a year???

chaun

March 23rd, 2010
12:20 pm

To all: There is a wonderful explanation of the bill on this site. To Halbert, your company does not have to pay ANYTHING extra!! You keep paying the premiums you already do. Most of what this bill does is keep insurance companies in check. Your employer does have to tell you how much they pay for your premium to the insurance company on your W-2. I have ALWAYS wanted to know that. Also, this bill puts an end to “lifetime” limits of service. How many of you knew that even exsisted?

chaun

March 23rd, 2010
12:21 pm

Oh and to Ron.. as a law student studying con law.. it is within the Constitution for congress to do these mandates. I will watch the cases with interest but I doubt the states will win.

John

March 23rd, 2010
1:08 pm

My concern is that my employer will make the smart business decision and dump my current plan and pay the fee for the public option to provide coverage. The federal government should NEVER be in competition with the private sector. They can operate at a loss (see the current budget deficit) and drive the private companies out of business. Then, the public option ceases to be an option. As far as my brother’s keeper, I am. I will continue to volunteer. I am fairly certain my charitable contributions will have to be cut back so I can pay to let the government dole out the funds (efficent caretakers of the public funds that they are) to those in need.

Mar

March 23rd, 2010
1:48 pm

I currently have health insurance provided by my employer and pay for health insurance for my children through my employer. I and my children also have access to free health care through a federal tribal health clinic/hospital. If I chose not to buy private insurance from my employer for me and my children or if we lose our coverage, given that we have access to the tribal health care system, under this new bill will the government view this as not buying health insurance and therefore allow the IRS to fine me?

TnGelding

March 23rd, 2010
3:06 pm

Why are so many of us willing to do the cheapest thing instead of the right thing?

Jim

March 23rd, 2010
5:52 pm

“It is a sad and pitiful day that in the United State of America there are so many people whose selfishness and greediness has made it apparent that no one should care about fellow Americans. In this country it has always been about “my brothers keeper” and now it seems as though with the times people only care about themselves. If you can live with children, poor and unemployed people not being medically treated or having preventive care then may God bless you along with the evil Republilcans” from Pamela….Oh dear Lord…where to start? Such class warfare….such hatred. In this country it has always been about my brother’s keepers???? Where does that come from? If I want to care about my brother (and I’ll put my charitable contributions up against yours anyday of the week) I should be able to do so without being compelled to do so by the government. Health care is a right…..but it should not be required of me to pay for it with my tax dollars-of which more are going to be required to pay for this, look out in coming years, O may God help us all. Evil Republicans? And there are no Evil Democrats? Hmmmm?? How about the lying SOB that was in the Oval Office having oral sex?????? Good grief give me a break.

todd

April 24th, 2010
10:56 am

What if you are a US citizen living outside the US? Are you still required to have healthcare or pay a penalty?