[House Republicans are] being the mouthpiece of the health care industry
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the driving force in Congress behind Democratic passage of the health care law in 2010, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling:
“This decision is a victory for the American people. With this ruling, Americans will benefit from critical patient protections, lower costs for the middle class, more coverage for families, and greater accountability for the insurance industry.
The Affordable Care Act is already paying dividends for millions of Americans – with more to come:
•Children can no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
•Seniors are paying less for prescription drugs.
•Students and young adults can stay on their parents’ plans.
•Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing medical condition.
In passing health reform, we made history for our nation and progress for the American people. We completed the unfinished business of our society and strengthened the character of our country. We ensured health care would be a right for all, not a privilege for the few. Today, the Supreme Court affirmed our progress and protected that right, securing a future of health and economic security for the middle class and for every American.”
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Karl Rove’s super PAC ad distorts health care law
Karl Rove’s conservative super PAC, Crossroads Generation, released an ad attacking President Obama’s health care reform law. Its fast-talking narrator tries to mislead young Americans by making several false claims about the law and how it helps them access affordable, quality health insurance.
Here are the facts about what health reform does for young people and what they could lose if Romney repeals Obamacare:
The Affordable Care Act enables young Americans to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they’re 26 years old. The ad falsely dismisses this popular provision by arguing that states already allowed young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance before the law was enacted. The facts, however, tell a different story. While some states had pre-existing laws on the books, broad-based restrictions—including age limits, requirements for student status, and exclusions for married young adults—rendered the majority of young adults ineligible for coverage. In fact, the pre-existing state laws did not even apply to the 60 percent of U.S. workers who rely on private self-insured plans. President Obama’s health care reform eliminated these restrictions and extended coverage to 3.1 million young people who would otherwise be uninsured. As a result of the law, the proportion of insured adults ages 19 through 25 has increased to nearly 75 percent.
Obama for America | By Laura Wilson on June 21, 2012
Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could spend as much as 40 percent of your premium on administrative costs and overhead.
That’s changed thanks to Obamacare’s 80/20 rule: If your insurance company spends less than 80 percent of your premium on your health care, you get a rebate check. And this summer, 12.8 million Americans will start receiving those checks in the mail.
Think Progress | By Annie-Rose Strasser on Jun 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm
As the Supreme Court readies to announce their decision on the individual mandate portion of the health reform, it has emerged that the largest health care lobbying group in the country spent a total of $102.4 million in just 15 months to prevent Obamacare from becoming law in the first place.
In 2009 alone, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) pumped $86.2 million into a conservative lobbying group, the US Chamber of Commerce, to combat President Obama’s health care reform plan. But with the added months of 2009 prior to the ACA’s March passage, AHIP piled on an additional $16 million to be used against the bill.
That staggering total, which the National Journal’s Influence Alley uncovered today, was not out in the open — rather, the funds were transferred through a secretive process and listed only by the organization as ‘advocacy’ spending
This year I was diagnosed with two rare spinal and brain diseases. In two weeks I will have my first brain surgery. Without Obamacare, I wouldn’t be able to afford my brain surgery. Without Obama, I would be in debilitating pain and wouldn’t be able to care for my kids because I wouldn’t have been able to see the specialist to be diagnosed. Thank you for standing up for low-income families. You saved my life.
Obama for America | Posted by Elizabeth Zaretsky on June 12, 2012
Medicare reports that 14.3 million seniors in America have already received important preventive benefits under President Obama’s health care law. In the first few months of 2012, seniors were able to take advantage of a number of preventative health services, including an annual checkup, without paying any deductibles or co-pays. “Thanks to the health care law, millions of Americans are getting cancer screenings, mammograms, and other preventive services for free,” said acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “These preventive services are helping people in Medicare stay healthy and lower their health care costs.” –Angela Guo
Since Obamacare was enacted, the number of uninsured young Americans has dropped 5%
When health care reform became law in March 2010, 28 percent of Americans aged 18-25 did not have health insurance. During the first quarter of this year, that rate had fallen to 23 percent. Obama’s law allows people under age 26 to remain on their parents’ insurance plans, which has provided health benefits to a population that historically has been less likely to have coverage.