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The manager's amendment builds upon the strong bill we already have.

Protects our good coverage, cost, and affordability numbers

· Reduces Deficits - estimated to save over $130 billion first ten and roughly $650 billion second ten

· Expands Coverage - over 94 percent of Americans under 65 years of age, including over 31 million uninsured

· Reduces Costs - most Americans will see their health care costs reduced relative to projected levels


Makes health care more affordable for Americans by expanding small business tax credits

· $12 billion increase

· Begins in 2010

· Expands wage thresholds for tax credits


Demands greater accountability from insurance companies/ creates more choice and competition

· Medical Loss Ratio 85/80 percent - Insurance companies will be forced to spend more money on care and less money padding their bottom line.

· Starting immediately children cannot be denied health coverage due to pre-existing conditions

· Insurance companies who jack up their rates will be barred from competing in the exchange.

· Give patients the right to appeal to an independent board if an insurance company denies a coverage claim

· Health insurers will offer national plans to Americans under the supervision of the Office of Personnel Management, the same entity that oversees health plans for Members of Congress.

· Provides significant resources for Community Health Centers