Fate of P.R. under health reform hangs in the balance - Puerto Rico Daily Sun / Robert Friedman

Jan 18, 2010 | Posted by: Upfront Yankee | Full story: www.prdailysun.com

Photo - Daily Sun/César Silva: Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi

Jan. 18, 2010: Puerto Rico’s fate in the nation’s health care reform hangs on the marathon talks still going on, as of this writing, at the White House, where Democratic leaders are trying to come up with a final version of the legislation.

The island is trying mightily to get treatment that reflects the House’s rather than the Senate’s version of the bill. Under the House bill, just about all island residents are guaranteed insurance to pay for their health care. Under the Senate version, most of those working people who cannot afford health insurance most likely still won’t be able to afford it for themselves and their families.

The latest not-quite development on Friday had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assuring Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi that his push to get the House provisions for Puerto Rico in the final bill would receive “careful consideration.”

The House measure provides $9.1 billion over nine years in Medicaid increases to the island, to about $4.7 million in the Senate measure.

More importantly, Puerto Rico would be included via the House measure in the health insurance exchange, and would get another $3.7 billion to operate the exchange, which would also guarantee that participants cannot be denied health insurance because of pre-existing conditions. The insured would also be assured that the insurers could not cancel policies when the holders get too sick for the companies to keep making a profit. he Senate bill shuts out the island from the exchange and does not guarantee the pre-existing or serious-illness rights.

Now for the worst case scenario: The treatment of Puerto Rico in the House bill is included in the final measure — and Scott Brown is elected Tuesday to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat held for the past 40 years by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Brown, of the GOP, has said he can’t wait to become the state’s next senator, so that he could kill the health care reform that Kennedy had fought for much of his life.

If he is elected, and the latest polls show he has a slight lead in the race against Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, Brown will reduce the Democratic presence in the upper chamber to 59 senators. That’s one less than the 60 votes needed in the final run to pass the legislation.

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Brown, of the GOP, has said he can’t wait to become the state’s next senator, so that he could kill the health care reform that Kennedy had fought for much of his life.

If he is elected, and the latest polls show he has a slight lead in the race against Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, Brown will reduce the Democratic presence in the upper chamber to 59 senators. That’s one less than the 60 votes needed in the final run to pass the legislation.

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said:“If Scott Brown wins, it’ll kill the health bill,” which Republicans have been itching to do.

Gov. Fortuño was in Washington last week to continue lobbying for the island to get a fair shake in the health care legislation. The governor is a loyal Republican, but one of the few GOP officials who backs the health reform.

Observers have noted that the Massachusetts race seems to have turned into a referendum on the health care bill. A Brown victory, the pundits say, could be a sign of the revival of the Republicans on the national scene. So where does Fortuño stand on the Massachusetts race?

Apparently, the governor would rather sit this one out.

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Why doesn't GOP (Gone Obsolete Party) Luis Fortuño try to convince his Republican Party to support the Obama Health Care Reform Bill?

Does he talk out of both sides of his mouth - one side pro-health reform and the other side pro-Republicans who voted against health care reform every step of the way?
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DEMOCRATIC bullS@@@!! The Obamacare will be impossible to meet by P.Ricans and the mainland. The insuranse payments will impose on every citizen or you will pay a pannalty. Besides the amounts to pay monthly will overpass any private insurance is on now. I do not see the benefits for the taxpayer, but a burden to our income and services we pay. This is just a businees for Obama's friends and a politcal Socilist move Obama want to do. No matter what. He knows he only have 3 years left in the WH
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If Brown wins the only way that the health care bill will pass is if the House passes the Senate bill just as it was written. Then it doesn't need to go back to the Senate.

But it may not be possible for the House to pass the Senate bill, as Barney Frank says. Many of the conservative House Democrats will vote 'no' if Brown wins (today's polls show him pulling away,) fearing backlash at home during their own re-election campaigns.

Either way Puerto Rico and the other territories won't be in the health care bill because of this development.
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El Coqui wrote:
DEMOCRATIC bullS@@@!! The Obamacare will be impossible to meet by P.Ricans and the mainland. The insuranse payments will impose on every citizen or you will pay a pannalty. Besides the amounts to pay monthly will overpass any private insurance is on now. I do not see the benefits for the taxpayer, but a burden to our income and services we pay. This is just a businees for Obama's friends and a politcal Socilist move Obama want to do. No matter what. He knows he only have 3 years left in the WH
be careful Coqui you are making too much sense. Heaven forbid people will sit down and study the facts about this overwhelmingly unpopular legislation. Despite its problems our health care system, from the pharmaceutical companies to the local doctors, is the best health system in the world. Politicians are pushing this against the will of the people that elected them, this is why Brown is winning in the biggest Democrat stronghold in Massachusetts and many more states will kick out other Democrats that supported this useless legislation. Reform should begin by reducing predatory litigation against Doctors. A great example was my wife's OBGYN, he was forced to retire early because malpractice insurance was getting ridiculous. The bill that is being pushed through does not address tort reform because the Democrats are beholden to the slip and fall lawyers with deep pockets. Another common sense approach would be to curb fraud like overpriced medical equipment and fake clinics charging non existent patients.

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Latuya wrote:
<quoted text>be careful Coqui you are making too much sense. Heaven forbid people will sit down and study the facts about this overwhelmingly unpopular legislation. Despite its problems our health care system, from the pharmaceutical companies to the local doctors, is the best health system in the world. Politicians are pushing this against the will of the people that elected them, this is why Brown is winning in the biggest Democrat stronghold in Massachusetts and many more states will kick out other Democrats that supported this useless legislation. Reform should begin by reducing predatory litigation against Doctors. A great example was my wife's OBGYN, he was forced to retire early because malpractice insurance was getting ridiculous. The bill that is being pushed through does not address tort reform because the Democrats are beholden to the slip and fall lawyers with deep pockets. Another common sense approach would be to curb fraud like overpriced medical equipment and fake clinics charging non existent patients.
I agree

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"Brown, of the GOP, has said he can't wait to become the state's next senator, so that he could kill the health care reform that Kennedy had fought for much of his life."

Yeah right, I am sure those were his exact words as this article implies.

Have you ever been to one of "La Reforma" clinics in Puerto Rico? It is an absolute mess/joke. If the health care reform passes, it will be like that throughout all of Puerto Rico and the U.S., but much worse!

Have you ever tried to get into an emergency room in Puerto Rico for a real emergency, and had to wait because there was a line or waiting list for available rooms? It will be worse than that too! Why are all the rooms full? Because half of the island is on the government's "La Reforma" and instead of wasting their ENTIRE DAY waiting at their primary physician's office because of a stuffy nose or sore throat, they prefer to be in the ER so that they can get treated quicker. This is what will happen in the U.S. if this health care reform passes.

As others have stated, let's make adjustments where needed, but please don't destroy the greatest health care system in the world!

I pray that Brown wins. Let's put an end to this insanity for good.

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shinedown 87 wrote:
"Brown, of the GOP, has said he can't wait to become the state's next senator, so that he could kill the health care reform that Kennedy had fought for much of his life."
Yeah right, I am sure those were his exact words as this article implies.
Have you ever been to one of "La Reforma" clinics in Puerto Rico? It is an absolute mess/joke. If the health care reform passes, it will be like that throughout all of Puerto Rico and the U.S., but much worse!
Have you ever tried to get into an emergency room in Puerto Rico for a real emergency, and had to wait because there was a line or waiting list for available rooms? It will be worse than that too! Why are all the rooms full? Because half of the island is on the government's "La Reforma" and instead of wasting their ENTIRE DAY waiting at their primary physician's office because of a stuffy nose or sore throat, they prefer to be in the ER so that they can get treated quicker. This is what will happen in the U.S. if this health care reform passes.
As others have stated, let's make adjustments where needed, but please don't destroy the greatest health care system in the world!
I pray that Brown wins. Let's put an end to this insanity for good.
I will pray too...Next will be fight Socialism
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I just saw the Brown victory speech, The people have spoken. This is a repudiation of overreaching government encroachment into our lives by the Obama administration and the Democrat party. Puerto Ricans must do the same by supporting smaller government, eliminating punitive taxes against job creating businesses, decreasing the welfare state and supporting strong conservative values. Puerto Rico le pertenece a la gente Puertoriqueña no al gobierno.

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I just saw the Brown victory speech, The people have spoken. This is a repudiation of overreaching government encroachment into our lives by the Obama administration and the Democrat party. Puerto Ricans must do the same by supporting smaller government, eliminating punitive taxes against job creating businesses, decreasing the welfare state and supporting strong conservative values. Puerto Rico le pertenece a la gente Puertoriqueña no al gobierno.
I agree.

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Latuya wrote:
I just saw the Brown victory speech, The people have spoken. This is a repudiation of overreaching government encroachment into our lives by the Obama administration and the Democrat party. Puerto Ricans must do the same by supporting smaller government, eliminating punitive taxes against job creating businesses, decreasing the welfare state and supporting strong conservative values. Puerto Rico le pertenece a la gente Puertoriqueña no al gobierno.
Que Dios bendiga a Puerto Rico y la cuide del Comunismo. Para Cuba mi tierra muchas bendiciones tambien y que se vayan los comunistas. Amen

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