March 22nd, 2010
03:37 PM ET

How the health care bill could affect you

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Americans will see some immediate changes when President Obama signs the new health care bill into law Tuesday. But other changes, including mandated coverage for all U.S. residents, will take years to kick in.

Click here for an interactive guide to which benefits will start immediately and which will come in 2014.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. John Dixon

    I see a lot about benefits and little about the increased taxes that are proposed – for example, application of Medicare taxes to investment income. How much of the cost is offset by new taxes, penalties for those who do not purchase insurance, taxes on "exotic" insurance plans, etc. I have no confidence in the projected savings in Medicare expenses or other reductions in medical costs; so I guess the difference between the new taxes and fees and the total (almost $1 trillion) will just be piled on our already massive and growing deficit. Wow!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  2. Linda

    Change? We got it whether we wanted it or not. The American peoples voices hold no value.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  3. Dennis Linville

    I am in the 5% left out on the health care but would like to congradulate the ones that may benifit from this passage.I am sorry to say I feel many more will be left out before this is over though.
    Most real progress doesnt take effect till 2014. 2 years past the presidential elections so plenty of time for the republicans to reverse the bill and after so many have given so much only to be denied any benifits from this bill.
    For a year now we have heard this would end the pre existing condition out for insurance companies but 2 days prior to the vote it came out only for children.What about the millions of Americans that are adult with these conditions? high risk pools?higher price for coverage that they still cant afford? I guess there will be a lot of fines huh?

    March 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  4. Barb Newman

    Here is how the so called Healthcare bill which will help everyone has hurt me already:

    Medicare Advantage prices on drugs, services, etc. have already been raised effective 2010 to help offset less money being taken away from them by the Obama plan. My generic medicine costs doubled as my Advantage plan makes up monies being taken from them by the government.

    Sign in my PCP office: No new Medicare patients. Limited appointments available for current Medicare patients.

    Oh, and I did not get a Medicare increase this year or next year. Food prices are rising while the size of the product decreases. Are we not supposed to be smart enough to notice.

    I worked 39 years, sometimes two jobs, to support myself and my deaf son with only a high school diploma. I am 62 and disabled and when I need help the most, I am still being forgotten by my government.

    Help the Seniors. Not all Baby Boomers have enough to take care of themselves!

    March 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm |