The new Health Care Reform Act recently signed into law by President Obama has been attacked by opposition to the legislation, now more virulently than before the bill was passed by the Senate. Yet here are some of the benefits we can expect from this, the first Federal health legislation passed in over forty years. See this site for some valuable information, including but not limited to the following:
“It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today. This helps 32 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today – and makes coverage more affordable for many more. Under the plan, 95% of Americans will be insured.
“It sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving millions of Americans the same choices of insurance that members of Congress will have.
“It brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care.
“It will end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions. …
The Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured.
“The President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act protects health coverage for 7 million Americans who lose their jobs through a 65 percent COBRA subsidy to make coverage affordable.
“The Recovery Act also invests $19 billion in computerized medical records that will help to reduce costs and improve quality while ensuring patients’ privacy.
The Recovery Act also provides: $1 billion for prevention and wellness to improve America’s health and help to reduce health care costs;$1.1 billion for research to give doctors tools to make the best treatment decisions for their patients by providing objective information on the relative benefits of treatments; and$500 million for health workforce to help train the next generation of doctors and nurses.”
Another summary in The New York Times Science Section, Mar. 30, is a “must read.”
SO, WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE? The continued opposition to this landmark legislation boggles the mind. Yet I am convinced that once the vast majority of Americans begin to experience the changes and improvements in their access to health care and innovations in providing that care health care the outrageous opposition to this bill will melt away.