Happy Birthday Health Care Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law one year ago today, March 23, 2010.  The GOP may be campaigning to “repeal” and “replace” it … but thus far, they’ve offered up absolutely nothing of any substance whatsoever with which to replace provisions like:

  • Small Businesses receive a tax credit when providing insurance
  • Health coverage cannot be arbitrarily cancelled if you become sick
  • (Newborn) Children cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition
  • Children up to age 26 can stay on parent’s health plan
  • No annual/lifetime limits on health coverage (Annual limits are phased out over 3 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

In this video, HHS Secretary Sebelius explains that we’ve begun to usher in a new era, where patients – not insurance companies – are in charge of their health care. And Americans are enjoying greater protections, new freedoms, and lower costs.


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