One of the casualties of the health care fiasco was an "oversight" that started with the Senate bill.
You see, 9.3 million people were left in a state of flux when the House passed the recent health care bill from the Senate. You see, these 9.3 million, in the original Senate bill were thought to possibly have substandard insurance and a determination would be made by, not the federal agency under which they normally fell, but the Department of the Treasury. If deemed to have substandard insurance, it would be possible or perhaps necessary for them to purchase insurance from an government approved insurer. They were left out of the Senate bill as having a qualified program.
The House, catching this error, passed a resolution 403-0 to say that they did have adequate care as outlined by the IRS code and it wouldn't be necessary for them to purchase insurance.
The resolution now in the Senate with the fix it bill. The Senate will need to echo the same sentiments by passing a resolution or these 9.3 million will be in a catch 22 with the possibility of buying additional insurance to satisfy government requirements. It now sits with the yet to be approved bill in the Senate.
9.3 million...that's a lot of people. It is quarter of the number that the Dems say don't have insurance. It is about the same size as the total populations of New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, the District of Columbia, and Wyoming combined.
These 9.3 million people are family households all with jobs or retirement benefits and are American citizens in good standing. They have worked or are still working jobs most could not or would not want to do - many with long hours, little pay and much time away from their families. There are many that have retired knowing they did their jobs when called. They are mothers and fathers raising children while the other parent is away on extended absences. They pay taxes, they contribute to their communities and for the most part understand the words courage, honor, commitment.
These 9.3 million people are our Armed Services members and families and those who have retired.
A resolution has been introduced in the Senate to ensure continued TRICARE care for our military and Secretary Gates has done the right thing by reassuring our troops that they will be covered. But the question begs, why were they left out in the first place and how did their oversight fall under the Department of the Treasury?