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Is the New Healthcare Plan Working?

Obama-care A.K.A. the Affordable Care Act

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obama-care, seems to be doing rather well despite all the misinformation and hatemongering drummed up by Republican conservatives seeking to usurp any notion that President Obama’s healthcare law might actually be working.  With little more than 10 days left, as of this writing, until open enrollment ends it’s evermore so important that all Americans get involved and choose their healthcare insurance now.  However you may feel about the President or the ACA, stop and consider for a moment what exactly being covered means; for you and for all Americans alike.

Consider for a moment, the key benefits that the ACA is offering About the ACA benefits</a”>1 :

  • Improving quality and lowering healthcare costs
  • New consumer protections
  • Access to healthcare
  • For women – providing preventative services, again at a lower cost
  • Young adults – coverage options up to the age of 25
  • Strengthening of Medicare – especially important to seniors, free preventative care and annual wellness checkup provisions
  • Holding insurance companies accountable – premium increases greater than 10% will have to be submitted before hand with justification

Stop listening to the naysayers for a moment and listen to reason, it’s high-time that we as Americans take our healthcare more seriously in spite of the ever-increasing healthcare costs.  Research what people are saying, don’t just accept the issues on face value.  Do Republicans, for instance, have your well-being at heart when it comes to their constant barrage of anti Obama-care rhetoric?  No, they care about one thing – that they are right and the president is wrong.  As of March 5, 2014, house republicans have attempted unsuccessfully to overturn Obama-care (ACA) for the 50th time. [2]  My dog has better common sense than that when she sees that trying something she shouldn’t won’t work.

I could go on and on about this and that, the pros and cons, and the effectiveness and/or ineffectiveness of the ACA but it would just make for more gibberish than effective persuasion.  The bottom line IS that all of us, as Americans, need to step forward and make a responsible decision that our health is more important than any rhetoric to the contrary may say.  With enrollment nearing or surpassing 6.2 million, something has to be right somewhere.  As my grandmother would have said, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”  Which will you be, part of the solution or the problem?

Paul Ryan Gets an Earful

When talking to his constituency recently, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) got an earful when it came to introducing his Republican version of the ACA.  Most notable of the Republican plan is the exclusion of many safeguards afforded through the ACA.  Unfettered by what he heard, Mr. Ryan continued to defend his parties 51 unsuccessful attempts to strip the ACA from being implemented.  Apparently the only real work these people know is how most to serve their time ineffectively.  To read more, click here

Helpful Links:

Obama Care Facts – http://obamacarefacts.com/affordablecareact-summary.php

Healthcare.gov Marketplace – https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/welcome/

Washington Post: 11 Facts about the ACA – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/06/24/11-facts-about-the-affordable-care-act/

It’s Working Despite Misinformation – http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/03/20/obamacares-four-year-checkup/the-affordable-care-act-is-working-despite-misinformation

[2]:  Correction, as of March 20, 2014 they have made 51 unsuccessful attempts.

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