Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Health Care Form - Another Opinion

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Health Care Form - Another Opinion

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No doubt about it, the national dialogue on health care has begun. America is ready for reform. And for many obvious reasons, people with disabilities and those with chronic health conditions have a special stake. Indeed, there is perhaps no other group for whom health care reform holds such opportunity and peril.

All Americans want the peace of mind of knowing they're covered, and that they'll stay covered at an affordable price. And for those with disabilities who have stayed out of the job market in order to keep their Medicare or Medicaid, health care reform will hopefully mean they can look for work with the confidence they will be able to obtain other--and perhaps better --medical insurance. At the same time, we must see to it that the very jobs they will be seeking, often in small businesses, will not be lost because of the costs of health care mandates.

But, I also believe that people with disabilities, like most Americans, want to know that the quality, choice, and innovation that characterizes American health care will continue to be a reality. Indeed, for people with disabilities, choice often determines quality. …

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