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I am thrilled the president signed into law the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act today. Well done, sir! (Not that you wanted to, mind)

I am a registered Republican, as some of you know, and have been my entire adult life. I have no plans to change this, and while many of you might find this to be ill informed or silly, or a useless gesture of sorts, because in our general elections I can vote for whoever I want, regardless of party affliation, I choose to flex my individual political muscle at the primary level. Thus, my party affiliation. I'm very comfortable with my personal position on this. Socially, I am a raging, bleeding-heart liberal. However, I am actually fairly fiscally conservative -- or perhaps fiscally prudent is a better way to put it. I believe in cautious spending and living within one's means on an individual level, and don't find it unreasonable to want the government to do the same. Am I perfect financially? No. Do I disdain material goods? Uh, no . . . *covets* But, seriously, in principle I believe in well controlled spending and financial allocation. I do not agree with the Emergency Economic Stabilization Bill on principle and I support the idea of increased regulations for the banks and Wall Street -- it's not like the writing wasn't on the wall for years before the house of cards imploded. I fully believe in the principle of people before things, and in that regard I do believe the Republican party has drifted too far and is misguided. Quite frankly, I don't understand how the party reconciles its disparate positions on money and life and people. I'm willing to put aside my personal disdain for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Bill in exchange for the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act. For me, as an American and as a citizen who sees the underbelly of our society on a daily basis, this is an acceptable exchange. People before things, because it shouldn't matter how many toys you have when you die.

So, the meat of the bill:

President Bush signed into law today the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, after the House of Representatives passed the act by a vote of 263-171. Congress joined the parity bill with the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, the legislation created to address the economic situation.This is a huge victory for people affected by mental illness.

The mental health parity legislation signed into law provides equitable coverage of medical-surgical and mental health and addiction benefits in healthcare plans that offer mental health coverage. The bill prohibits health insurance plans sponsored by businesses with 50 or more employees from imposing day and visit limits or applying different deductibles, copayments, out-of-network charges and otherfinancial requirements for mental health treatment. The act builds onthe 1996 Parity Act, which provided limited parity for lifetime and annual dollar limits.

The text of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act can be viewed here. The section on mental health parity is located on pages 310-344 of the displayed law.

As a probation officer who supervises severely mentally ill offenders, I cannot be more thrilled by this particular act of legislation.

Date: 2008-10-04 11:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I think this sounds like a good law. Even Bush can't screw up all the time :-D
And well controlled spending is always a good principle, both for countries and for inviduals...

Date: 2008-10-04 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're my favorite registered Republican, just so you know.


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