An American Right: Affordable Health Care

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 by a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  President Barack Obama in remarks said that the court’s historic decision “reaffirmed a fundamental principle, that here in America, the wealthiest nation on Earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin.”

The Court’s decision ensured that in Washington, DC, a city where the temperatures have already reached into the hundreds, the political debates of the summer leading up to the presidential election will only get hotter.  But as the President said candidly, “I didn’t do this because it was good politics.  I did it because it was good for the American people.”

It is now the law of the land, and an American Right: Affordable Health Care, is coming for all Americans.  There will be those who speak of costs.  But will they also mention that studies for years have placed Americans behind many developed countries in health care performance.  A World Health Organization’s study in 2000 stated that, “The U.S. health system spends a higher portion of its gross domestic product than any other country, but ranks 37 out of 191 countries according to its performance.” (See graph below of US in comparison to other developed nations)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in his remarks, that if elected, his first act as president, will be to repeal the law.  Yet his signature rests on the Massachusetts bill used as a framework for the ACA.  And Massachusetts ranks first in the number of people uninsured at 5% in the nation.  http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp?ind=125&cat=3&sort=156

There are many Americans who will be voicing their opposition to the ACA.  President Franklin Roosevelt and almost every president after him faced huge opposition when attempting to pass a universal health care law.  As with many things, change can be slow to happen.  Let’s remember Medicare and provisions of the New Deal were hotly contested.  Today, they are major staples in our Great Society.

So as the summer months pass, and Tuesday, November 6, 2012 approaches, it is important that before engaging in the political debate, we first embrace a new American Right: Affordable Health Care.  And encourage every American to learn how this Act, seeks to improve the overall health outcomes of every American. Below are some provisions of the Act you should know.

  • If you are one of the 250 million Americans who have health insurance this Act protects you.
  • Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on the amount of care you receive.
  • Can no longer discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions.
  • Can no longer drop your coverage if you get sick.
  • Can no longer increase your premium without reason.
  • Are required to provide free preventative care like checkups and mammograms.
  • Insurance companies are required to provide a rebate if they spend too much money on administrative costs and CEO bonuses and not enough on your healthcare.
  • Children can stay on their parent’s health care plans until they are 26; and
  • Seniors receive a discount on their Medicare cost, saving an average of 600 dollars a year.

US Compared to Other Developed Countries http://www.commonwealthfund.org/News/News-Releases/2010/Jun/US-Ranks-Last-Among-Seven-Countries.aspx

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5 thoughts on “An American Right: Affordable Health Care

  1. Those bullet points describing the benefits that you put on here need to be on a bumper sticker. But then again, it still would not matter. If you believe the affordable care act demands that every American get an implantable chip (which subsequently is being referred to as the mark of the beast), then it doesn’t matter what benefits it has for Americans. Unfortunately, way to many of my friends are being taught this in church. There is no longer any question in my mind how people can be convinced to vote against their own interests.

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    • Russ appreciate you taking time to read. Thanks about the bullet points, would be nice to get them on bumper stickers. My biggest critique of the administration has been their message. It’s too long and spends too much time explaining instead of letting us know and allowing us to search for more information. The bullet points should be something each of us can repeat. Wondering what you refer to when you say your friends are learning what in church? About the Affordable Care Act? I agree with you, the FOX news, MSNBC etc have done a great job influencing public opinion without educating people on the issues that are important.

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  2. Can’t argue with the epidemiology. The US does a poor job of effectuating positive health outcomes. Epidemic throughout are nation: diabetes, heart disease, renal failure, obesity, etc. Age of onset is childhood for diseases that historically impacted only adults. All the sound and fury to come over SCOTUS decision can’t negate the facts. We need to do better.

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    • I agree as a nation we have to do better. The argument against he Act is political and it makes no sense that as the wealthiest nation in the world that we even have to have a debate, discussion or conversation on providing health care for every American.

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    • I agree we do need to do better!!! But we are taking steps in that direction in a number of areas outside of healthcare. But we have to do it together, this has been the President’s message for a long time.

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