The Affordable Care Act will decrease health care costs and increase health care quality.
In fact, this act has already made a positive difference in the lives of citizens in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The act cracks down on insurance company abuses by preventing insurers from denying coverage for a pre-existing condition or for getting sick. Denying coverage for pre-existing conditions or for getting sick was a common practice of the unregulated private insurers.
The act prevents private insurers from charging higher premiums based on gender.
Oklahomans have been paying more and getting less for coverage. The act requires insurers spend more of our money on actual medical needs.
The act ends runaway premiums for the middle class, provides financial security and stability, expands coverage, and most importantly it saves lives.
You won’t hear this good news from the unprincipled conservatives that just don’t care about health care.
Sadly, one of the 245 votes casted on January 19 to repeal the Affordable Care Act was placed by Oklahoma’s U.S. Rep. John Sullivan. Those votes to repeal Affordable Health Care were unconscionable.
To add insult to injury Sullivan had this statement placed on his government website:
As I have said from the start, Obamacare is bad for patients, bad for doctors, bad for small business and terrible for our stagnate economy. Small business owners across my district are scared to death that the Presidents healthcare law is putting them out of business – many are already cutting back on benefits and can’t afford to grow their business by hire new employees due to the added costs.The American people are not opposed to healthcare reform – what they are opposed to is a wholesale government takeover of our healthcare system that takes away their ability to decide which coverage is right for themselves, their families or their businesses. Repealing Obamacare is not the end of the debate over reforming our healthcare system, it is the first step in developing a healthcare system that works for all Americans without costly, unconstitutional government mandates that destroy jobs.
Sullivan is either delusional or in denial. First there is no such thing as ObamaCare. That is a deceptive name given by deceptive conservatives who want to distract people from the real issue–Affordable Health Care for all Americans.
Oklahoma has one of the highest uninsured rates in the United States–22.2% (2009). Therefore, Oklahoma is one of the states that would greatly benefit from the Affordable Care Act. The highest uninsured rate is Texas at 26.9%. The lowest uninsured rate is 5.5% in the blue state of Massachusetts.
Ironically, the most conservative states, the reds, have the highest rates of uninsured and the most liberal states, the blues, have the lowest rates of uninsured.
This indicates a conservative leadership failure, because elected government officials like Sullivan are privy to these statistics and being a representative of the people he has the duty to inform the people. He has not.