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ObamaCare: Already protecting people with health insurance

UNC’s Jonathan Oberlander has a great two page brief out today explaining all the benefits people with Medicare and private health coverage are getting right now with ObamaCare.  His conclusion:

Repealing ObamaCare, in short, would not only dramatically increase the number of Americans without health insurance coverage. If the Affordable Care Act disappears, so will money-saving benefits and invaluable protections that Americans who currently have coverage need and want.   The survival of ObamaCare is vital to guarantee health security for all Americans, insured and uninsured alike.

4 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    October 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    The basic problem with Obamacare is affordability. Our nation cannot sustain the cost burden.

  2. david esmay

    October 17, 2012 at 8:06 am

    The basic problem with those on the right is short sightedness, more commonly referred to as repubmentia. The ACA will, in the long term reduce the costs of health care. It has been repeatedly pointed out that the current budget deficit has been caused largely by temporary problems, including two unfunded wars, multiple rounds of tax cuts for the rich, the Great Recession, 2008 financial collapse and the governments reaction to the crisis. The larger debt, long term, will be a structural problem related to sky rocketing healthcare costs, in the U.S. it is two to four times as much as any other industrialized nation in the world.
    The GOP refuses to address the problem, their only solution is to cut taxes and drastically cut spending which will only exacerbate current and future problems, delaying investments to maintain public structures like education and infrastructure and will only end up costing us more down the road. Republicans remind me of Nero playing his fiddle while Rome burned.

  3. Adam Searing

    October 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The basic problem is that people with pre-existing conditions in this country cannot obtain affordable health coverage and thus become bankrupt or die when they get sick. ObamaCare puts us on the uniquely American road to fixing this outrageous problem by already eliminating the ability of insurance companies to charge more for kids with pre-existing conditions and extending this protection to everyone else on Jan 1, 2014. We also saved billions of tax dollars last year because of Obamacare’s tough new anti-fraud provisions that cracked down on individuals and organizations who commit health care fraud. Frank and other older adults also saved billions of dollars in drug costs last year because of Obamacare’s new Medicare benefits. And insurance companies – not exactly the friend of the ordinary guy – were forced to refund millions of dollars of excess premiums to people charged too much for their health insurance. I’m for Obamacare.

  4. Frank Burns

    October 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Adam,
    Obamacare was poorly conceived, it had the best of intentions but is unaffordable and therefore the law shall be repealed, and re written into a much simpler version without the federal government getting too involved, along with providing protection from frivolous lawsuits. You see lawyers are driving up costs,,,,,,,, again.
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamacare-now-estimated-cost-26-trillion-first-decade_648413.html

    Regarding your statement about medications, I don’t take any, I believe this country takes too much medications and I have not let myself into that trap. So I have saved zero in medications.

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