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Health care fight remains a personal one

caines | 7/4/2012, 5:30 a.m.

I was standing under the tree on the corner of Hard Times and the street of What the Hell is Going On. The conversation was centered on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which the Supreme Court has recently upheld. Over the weekend, all the Republican leadership were making their rounds on cable news programs talking repeal and replace. Those leading the charge included: Senator Mitch McConnell; House Speaker John Boehner; up-and-coming Senator Marco Rubio; and Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. But when asked, Replace with what? or How do you intend to cover the 30 million people that are uninsured? there were no answers of substance. Over the weekend, all the Republican leadership were making their rounds on cable news programs talking repeal and replace. Those leading the charge included: Senator Mitch McConnell; House Speaker John Boehner; up-and-coming Senator Marco Rubio; and Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. But when asked, Replace with what? or How do you intend to cover the 30 million people that are uninsured? there were no answers of substance. I was surprised that one pop under the tree broke it down like this. Youngun this is getting real personal with the president. Home boy cant catch a break from Uncle Charlie. Under this new law, young adults are allowed to stay on their parents plan until they turn 26-years-old. It provides new coverage access options for folks with Pre-Existing Conditions that used to be denied health insurance. Also, if you have less than 25 employees and provide health insurance, you may qualify for a tax credit of up to 35 percent that increases to 50 percent in 2014. States will be able to receive matching funds to cover additional older folks, poor folk, folk with disabilities and some families and children under Medicaid. To preserve employer coverage for early retirees the new law creates a $5 billion program to provide financial help for employment-based plans to continue to provide valuable coverage to people who retire between the ages of 55 and 65, as well as their spouses and dependents until more affordable coverage is available through the new exchanges by 2014. All new plans must cover certain preventive services like colonoscopies, mammograms and Autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months all of these and more without charging a deductible, co-pay or co-insurance. As Pops was walking away he said 2008 was a movement but now in 2012 its gotten personal. Are you in? By Henry Crespo Sr.Miami Times Contributor, hcresposr@gmail.com