Senate stimulus bill strips provisions giving the unemployed health care
Combing through his section of the bill, law professor and health care author Timothy Jost noticed that the Senate had removed the House provision that would allow people 55 and over who are laid off to continue COBRA coverage at a subsidized rate until they're 65 and eligible for Medicare. The House version also made folks who were laid off temporarily eligible for Medicaid; the Senate version strips that out, Jost found. Every one percent increase in unemployment throws more than a million people into the ranks of the uninsured.
And read the comments, too. People are ready to get rid of the insurance companies; it's just the Village that isn't.
And even more amazing:
Real journalism from HuffPo. Read the whole article for how they got hundreds involved in reading the bill. More like this please.