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Health Care Reform

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the healthcare reform bill.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

After a year of debate, bipartisan posturing and bickering, the most sweeping social legislation in 4 decades was signed into law on Tuesday, March 23: health insurance reform legislation.

The White House said the new legislation will make health insurance affordable for middle class and small businesses while reducing premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

The government also said insurance companies will be accountable to keep premiums down and prevent denials of care and coverage, including for pre-existing conditions. Learn more about the law, how it impacts respiratory care and sleep professionals, and what your colleagues are saying about it.





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On March 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed health care reform legislation. Will this improve, not change, or worsen access and quality of health care?
Check out the responses in the Opinion Poll. Share your response by visiting The Opinion Poll on our homepage.

We welcome Letters to the Editor. Submit your letter and contact information to the Co-Editor, c/o Mike Bederka, 3100 Horizon Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406; fax (610) 275-8562; or send an e-mail to 


Coming up on the two year anniversary for this horrible social policy. Democrats offer no parades in the streets for passing it, they try to avoid speaking about it at all when they are up for re election. This is just a big mistake that needs to be erased. Democrats do not get the fact America is broke from their previous social class warfare. Tort reform, health insurance that can be taken by the employee from job to job across state lines and allowing indviduals the choice of insurance that fit their needs. I am a healthy individual why can't my insurance reflect that in allowing me to invest money going into this account to draw interest? should something happen to me then I will have that money for that need. I shouldn't have to pay a high premium at this point in my life. I should be able to invest that money for the day when I need it I will have it. Government can not even keep social security afloat, I do not want them in my lifestyle at all. They should stick to what they do so well at, cheating on their spouses and lying to the IRS and leave me out of their scheme.

Jason March 20, 2012

The possibilities of increased national healthcare quality via the use of electronic health information transfers are ideas finally come true. Look at the great change made by the use of computerized and transferable medical records in the US VA system! Perhaps cruising Americans of the future will not be so envious of the Caribbean Country of Grenada, its rolling hills and its free healthcare for its citizens and foreign visitors.

Ken Chapman RRTApril 06, 2010
Somerset, NJ

As long as "bean counters" are in charge of the Health Care Business, it will never be more than a "Health Business". Notice that the only thing missing is the CARE! We spend way too much time on the cost and not enough time on the care. I know ther must be a balance, but as long as there is massive profit to be made the problem will never go away. GREED RULES!!

Kevin Crane,  RRT,  TravelerMarch 30, 2010


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