Health care reform was in the news this week as the U.S. Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of the "insurance mandate" in the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) While the mandate targets people who can afford to buy insurance, but choose not to, I don't know too many people like that. Do you?
What's far more important to far more people are all the other benefits the law brings. Even without the mandate, under Obamacare:
87 million people now have access to free preventative services through private insurance and Medicare.
Over 5 million seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have saved more than $3.1 billion on prescription drugs.
About 400,000 small businesses have claimed a tax credit for up to 35% of their health insurance premiums.
18 million children can no longer be denied coverage because they have pre-existing conditions.
Over 2.5 million young adults without insurance can now stay on their parents' plans.
This is just the beginning. When the law is fully implemented, 30 million people will have insurance they could not afford previously and everyone will have more secure health care than ever before. Learn more at http://www.healthcare.gov.
So, when you hear people bashing Obamacare, ask yourself who has taken actions that show they care about your health. Obamacare means President Obama cares and I care and no matter what the Court decides, we will keep fighting for better health care for all Americans.
Member of Congress