March 17th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Would health care changes be felt immediately?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/POLITICS/03/16/health.care.immediate/story.paulryan.gi.jpg caption="GOP Rep. Paul Ryan discusses health care overhaul legislation during a markup hearing March 15." width=300 height=169]

Ed Hornick

President Obama launched his health care reform effort shortly after taking office, saying the country could not afford to continue to sustain the costs and the burden on families.

The House is expected to vote soon on the health care bill that the Senate passed in December, though many House Democrats remain opposed to it.

One of the options for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: having the House pass the Senate bill but following up with another vote in both chambers on a series of changes. The idea is to make the legislation more acceptable for House Democrats opposed to the Senate's version.

Although some of the provisions in the reform bill won't be implemented immediately, here's what Democrats say would go into effect in the first year after passage:

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  1. alice

    It will not help me anytime soon. I have heart disease, as a result I have had two heart attacks. But It will help my son who is a teenager now, but perhaps when he is an adult and must be responsible for his insurance he will be protected and not have the problems we have.

    Its not a great bill, we all know that, but its the best we have now.. but hopefully al those politicians who were wanting more can continue to work at making it better over the next few years. Lets hope.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  2. inde

    Because the "health" companies are going to rake in billions with new customers they should be MANDATED to provide very low cost dental care. Now it is obvious republicans don't care if people walk around teethless but I would have thought the dems would have known the importance of dental insurance being included in any plan. Most small employers do not offer dental coverage.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  3. Tim Gibson

    Is there a cap on how much an insurer can raise rates before any kind of change comes to them. By hindsight we know that a green carpet is laid before change comes to their doors.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  4. Claude Lemmon

    Doesn't the state of California have anyone better to in the Congress than Nancy Pelosi, if not please don't elect anyone else.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm |