Archive for December 18, 2009

Yes, We Still Support Health Care Reform

We’ve decided, we can’t  afford to let the perfect interfere with the possibility of good health reform. There are millions of Americans waiting for insurance coverage and an economy waiting  for businesses to be relieved of health care’s extraordinary costs.  At best the Senate is likely to pass a bill that disappoints but, as of today, we support it.

As economist Paul Krugman says in today’s New York Times, “Pass the Bill, the current health care bill falls a long way short of ideal, but it is better than anything that seemed possible just a few years ago.”

So – today the Center for Medicare Advocacy sent the following letter to Senate health reform leaders:

Dear Senators Reid, Durbin, Dodd, and Baucus:

 The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. is a national, non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of older people and people with disabilities to ensure access to health care.  We thank you for your efforts to enact health insurance reform. 

 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will provide access to health insurance for millions of Americans, provide subsidies to those with limited incomes and resources, improve access to preventive services, and limit discrimination in the offering of health insurance.  Additionally, the bill protects the integrity of the Medicare program by reducing overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans and by promoting delivery system reforms to encourage high quality, coordinated health care.  The bill further assists people with limited means by extending eligibility for Medicaid for the under 65 population.

Overall, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will move this country towards the goal of achieving universal access to health care.  We are pleased to support this legislation. 

Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

December 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm 1 comment


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