Here are a few specifics to ponder. Under the present Act passed last year in March:
32 million uninsured Americans will gain access to health coverage.
Insurers will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to patients based on pre-existing conditions, and patients will no longer face lifetime caps on coverage or be threatened with cancellation of coverage.
Children can remain on their parents’ policies until the age of 26.
Competition will enter the insurance marketplace since health insurance exchanges and co-ops will be created allowing pooling of coverage for individuals and small businesses. High risk insurance pools will be created.
The bill leaves medical decisions in the hands of you and your doctor. Subsidies will help low-income individuals and families buy health insurance.
Immediate tax credits will be extended to small businesses for purchase of health insurance for employees.
Insurance claims processing will be standardized and streamlined, helping lower health provider overhead costs.
The widely despised Medicare Part D Coverage Gap (donut hole) that haunts millions of seniors will be closed.
According to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office, the new bill will keep Medicare financially sound for 10 years by cutting rates of increase in health care costs. This should help cut the U.S. deficit by $143 billion.
These are the facts. Can some readers give me convincing reasons this first new health bill in over 50 years, should be the subject of political attack and face the danger of emasculation if not legislative annihilation?
And now they want to turn Medicare over to the insurance companies!