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What’s The Benefit of De-Funding Health Care Reform?

The House of Representatives will vote today on an amendment to the 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution that would prevent all spending to implement the Affordable Care Act, the health reform law enacted almost one year ago. “This amendment is not in the interest of Medicare, the current fiscal crisis, or families,” says Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy. “Defunding health care reform would endanger children who have pre-existing conditions, deprive uninsured young adults from coverage under their parents’ plans, limit Medicare coverage for preventive services, and end important consumer protections for Americans of all ages.” The amendment to defund health care reform would also eliminate tax credits to small business for providing health coverage to their employees, and would increase the deficit by over $200 billion over the next 10 years.

The Center for Medicare Advocacy has already seen how health reform has improved the lives of millions of people. For example:

• Our clients who are Medicare beneficiaries no longer have to pay cost-sharing for preventive services, and they are now eligible for an annual wellness visit.
• Those with high prescription drug costs will pay less out of pocket for their medicine when they enter the prescription drug donut hole or coverage gap.
• Fewer older people with both Medicare and Medicaid had to change their prescription drug plan in order to be in $0-premium Medicare drug plan.
• Four of our own Center staff members have young adult children who are now covered by the Center’s health plan; without the coverage they would be uninsured.

If the House votes to defund implementation of health reform, all of these people, and millions like them throughout the country, will lose the protections they have already received.

“This amendment is driven by ideology, not serious concern for the welfare of Americans, Medicare, small business, or the American economy,” continues Ms. Stein. We urge Congress not to move backwards by depriving Americans of increased access to fair, affordable health care. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act should be fully funded and should go forward so that, by 2014, all Americans have health insurance, regardless of their age, income, or health status.

February 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm Leave a comment

Come On! Let’s Get On With Insuring People and Focusing On Our Many Real Problems.

From The White House Blog
The Senate and the Affordable Care Act
Posted by Stephanie Cutter on February 02, 2011 at 08:53 AM EST

Instead of moving forward to create jobs and strengthen our economy, Senate Republicans want to refight the battles of the past and vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act – the new health reform law.
It’s important to remember what repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean to millions of Americans. Without the new law:
• Over 1.2 million young adults will lose their insurance coverage through their parents’ health plans.
• Up to 4 million small businesses that would have been eligible for health care tax credits will pay higher taxes.
• 44 million Americans on Medicare will be denied free preventive care and seniors who hit the donut hole will pay more for their prescription drugs.
• Insurance companies will have free rein to once again deny coverage to people, including children, with pre-existing conditions, cancel coverage when people get sick, and limit the amount of care people get, even when they need it.
• Insurance companies will be free to once again raise premiums by double digits with no recourse or accountability.
• As many as 32 million Americans who would have gained insurance under the new law will go without coverage.
• Families will pay higher premiums. For example, compared to what they would have paid without the law, the Affordable Care Act could save a family of four with an income of $33,525 as much as $14,900 per year.
By rolling back the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are also voting to add a trillion dollars to the deficit. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has concluded that repealing the Affordable Care Act would add nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars to the deficit in the first decade – $230 billion – and more than a trillion dollars in the second decade.
And according to independent experts, repealing the Affordable Care Act would prevent 250,000 – 400,000 jobs from being created each year.
President Obama and his team are committed to moving forward and delivering the benefits of the new law to the American people. We know that health reform is already delivering tax credits to small business owners like Betsy Burton of Salt Lake City, Utah. Thanks to the new law, young Americans like Kayla Holmstrom of Brookings, South Dakota are able to stay on their parent’s health plan. James Howard of Katy, Texas, a brain cancer patient, has the treatment he needs. And Cathy Lynn Howell from Marblehead, Ohio finally has insurance after being locked out of the insurance marketplace because of her pre-existing condition.
We featured all of these Americans in our Voices of Health Reform project and they are just a few of the millions of people who are already benefitting from the Affordable Care Act. And we’re committed to moving forward, strengthening the health care system for all of us and delivering the benefits of reform to the American people.
Stephanie Cutter is Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor.

February 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment


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