What’s Really In The Health Care Reform Bill?

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Count me among the hundreds of millions who haven’t read the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200) which you can read online here, or download as a PDF.

I still haven’t read it completely, but I was most curious to “see” what was in it. I downloaded the PDF and fired up the search function to see how various health conditions fared in the 1,017 pages. I ignored terms that were primarily related to the delivery of health care such as “primary care,” “hospice,” “doctor,” “nurse,” etc. and instead focused on conditions.

Here’s the number of mentions I found for various terms:

Mental (primarily “mental health”) – 47
Chronic – 16
Birth – 16
Geriatric – 11
Pregnant (or pregnancy) – 9
Cancer – 8
Substance Abuse – 7
Kidney – 5
AIDS – 4
Mammography (and mammograms) – 4
Vaccine – 4
Influenza – 3
Diabetes – 2
Hepatitis – 2
Glaucoma – 1
Cardiovascular – 1
Leukemia – 0
Arthritis – 0
Autism – 0
Alzheimer’s – 0
Contraception (or Contraceptive) – 0
Chlamydia – 0
Downes Syndrome – 0
Epilepsy – 0
Herpes – 0
Obesity – 0
Stroke – 0
Tuberculosis – 0

If you’re a crazy, drug addicted. pregnant woman with a chronic disease this bill is for you. Everyone else appears to be on their own…

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