On March 23, 2010 President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, one of many laws that Republicans have vowed to stop regardless of how many people are killed while trying to end it.
The new Republican controlled House promised to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and their very first piece of legislation which passed the House said just that. But they knew it was merely an appeasment to their right wing base, knowing full well that it would never get passed by the Senate or signed by the President.
Many of the new laws have already kicked in and Republicans hate it. They hate it because it was passed by Democrats and their corporate donors have instructed them to get rid of it.
The Republicans with their propaganda channel Fox “News” and now mainstream media outlets refer to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as “Obamacare”. If you were to ask your own representative what the real name of the health care reform Bill is, you will see that he or she will have no clue, they simply call it “Obamacare” because it’s a form of demonizing the Bill and that is what they have been trained to call it.
The following is a partial list of new health care reforms that are NOW law.
- Small Businesses receive a tax credit when providing insurance
- Health coverage cannot be arbitrarily cancelled if you become sick
- Children cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition
- Children up to age 26 can stay on your health plan
- No lifetime limits on health coverage
- Annual limits are phased out over three years
- Key preventive services will be available without a deductible or co-pay
- Patients have a right to choose their own doctor
- Options are improved for appealing insurance companies’ decisions
- Restrictions on emergency room care are ended
By the end of 2014 the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be running and 32 million more Americans will be allowed to get affordable health insurance.
But if the Republicans ever gain control of both Houses of Congress and the White house, the Republicans will replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with the “Only Those Who Can Afford Health Care Can Have It Act.
Happy anniversary to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, may this be the first of many too come.
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