Two Years Later, Health Care Reform is Working for Millions of Americans, Still Faces Attacks

Mar 23, 2012 Issues: Labor, Health Care

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Already, millions of Americans are enjoying new rights and benefits because of the landmark health care reform law. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act:

  • 86 million Americans, including both seniors in Medicare and Americans under age 65 in private plans, have received one or more free preventive services, such as check-ups and cancer screenings.
  • 105 million Americans have had a lifetime limit on their coverage eliminated.
  • 17 million children who have pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by insurers.
  • 2.5 million additional young adults up to age 26 now have health insurance.
  • 3.6 million seniors in the ‘donut hole’ have received savings on their prescription drugs.
  • $2.1 billion is the amount that seniors in the ‘donut hole’ have saved on their prescription drugs, or an average of $604 per senior.    
  • 2.3 million seniors have taken advantage of a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare.360,000 small employers have used the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit to help them afford health insurance for 2 million workers in 2011.

Unfortunately, attackers in Washington continue their obsession with taking away these beneifts from millions of Americans. We cannot afford to let that happen, as Rep. George Miller (D-CA), senior Democrat on the Committee, reminds us in an editorial from Contra Costa Times (CA)

These successes come only two years after the law was enacted, with two more years to go before it is fully implemented. We never said we could change everything that's wrong with our health care system, or fix things as fast as people would like.

However, the early success of this law cannot be denied.

Taking away this law would mean that working families could once again be just one illness away from personal bankruptcy, insurance companies could drop coverage if you get sick or refuse to pay for a procedure because you hit an arbitrary coverage limit, and children with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage altogether.

Taking away the law will hurt seniors. The law guarantees care for seniors that is more affordable and more secure, and it strengthens Medicare -- by reducing fraud and extending the life of the Trust Fund by at least 12 years...

We cannot let radical lawmakers in Washington put insurance companies back in charge of your health care.

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