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America’s New Health Care System

Should look more familiar to Israelis

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The health care signing today.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The U.S. health care system just became a lot more like Israel’s. This morning, President Obama signed the health care bill—formal title: Affordable Health Care for America Act—into law in a White House ceremony. Though it does not provide universal health care, it requires most Americans to have health insurance (and offers subsidies, discounts, and an expanded Medicaid for those who would have trouble affording it); it is expected to extend insurance to over 30 million uncovered Americans. Israel does have universal health care: all citizens are required to enlist in one of four health maintenance organizations. (The situation in the Palestinian territories is, unsurprisingly, a lot more complicated.) The state backs the HMOs, and there is a health insurance tax. There are, however, no death panels.

Obama Signs Landmark Health Care Bill [NYT]

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Sandee Panichi says:

What a sad day for our Country!

Celeste says:

One of the Greatest days for our Country. I hope we will eventually have additional bills that will have a public option and additional regulations further reducing prescriptions for everyone

Celeste says:

Forgot to mention in my last comment , also hope we can do something about high dental costs. I desperately need dental care but cannot afford it. However Thank You President Obama, and the hard work of our Representatives and Senators that said “yes” not “no” Bless you all.

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