President Obama’s Health Reforms Are Helping Millions Save Money And Live Healthier
- Today the U.S. Supreme Court continues three days of hearings on the new health care law, which is already helping millions of Americans save money and live healthier lives. The administration believes the health care law is constitutional, as do conservative judges on the 6th and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals.
- Thanks to President Obama’s health insurance reforms, Medicare is now stronger for seniors, and women can now get life-saving mammograms at no extra cost. Children won’t lose their coverage just because they were born with pre-existing conditions like asthma – and American families are seeing how reform is saving lives and saving money.
- Since we passed reform almost two years ago, millions of Americans have been saving money and living healthier lives. But repealing it would mean:
180 million Americans would lose their protection against the worst insurance abuses, like denying health care to the sick, unjustified excessive premium increases, lifetime caps on the amount of care a patient can receive, and the future protection against gender discrimination.
86 million Americans would lose their access to free preventive care. That would mean no more life-saving cancer screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies without a co-pay or deductible, and women wouldn’t have their contraception covered.
An additional 2.5 million young adults wouldn’t have insurance. President Obama’s health reform made sure they could stay on their parents’ plans as they enter the workforce, until they turn 26, but repealing it would take their coverage away.
47 million Americans would lose out on a stronger Medicare program. Repeal would undo the eight-year extension of Medicare’s solvency, and the prescription drug discounts that saved 3.6 million people with Medicare in the doughnut hole an average of $604.
- Democrats are proud to defend President Obama’s health insurance reforms. Last week the campaign launched its “I Like Obamacare” initiative, encouraging millions of Americans to speak out about what the new health care law is doing for them.
Please see this blog post on why Americans like Obamacare.
- Though Mitt Romney is trying to shake off his record on health insurance reform, he’s really the godfather of the new health care law.
Romney was an early supporter of the individual mandate, and as governor he put one in place to ensure all Massachusetts residents were taking responsibility for their own health care and everyone could get covered at a lower cost. He called his health reform plan a national model.
But now that Romney is running for president, he’s trying to etch over his past beliefs. He advocates letting insurance companies go back to dropping Americans’ coverage when they get sick, discriminating against those with preexisting conditions, and making women pay more for their health care.