Friday, March 23, 2012

White House Outlines Healthcare Law

The trouble with the healthcare law is that it has many pieces, and the heart of it doesn't go into effect in 2014, which has made it easy for republicans to spoon feed propaganda, which comes in small bites and is therefore easy to grasp. The White House has a new outline of the law out today, ahead of next week when SCOTUS takes up the healthcare mandate:

Increasing Access to Affordable Care
In the two years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, mil- lions of Americans have gained new access to more affordable health coverage and care. Under the law, Americans with pre-existing condi- tions and young adults have new options for health care.
Coverage for young adults: 2.5 million young adults who were uninsured have gained coverage by being able to stay on their parent’s health plan, giving their families peace of mind.
Access to free preventive services: 54 million additional Americans now receive coverage through their private health insurance plan for many preventive services without cost sharing such as copays or deductibles. That means that more Americans will receive wellness visits, cancer screenings and other services that will help them get and stay healthy.
Coverage for people with pre-existing conditions: More than 50,000 Americans with pre-existing conditions have gained coverage through the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. This temporary program makes health coverage available and more affordable for individuals who are uninsured and have been denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
Investing in primary care: The new health care law also invests in training and supporting thousands of new primary care doctors and nurses by providing bonus payments, scholarships and loan repayment, and new training opportunities. Read it in full here.