There has been a lot of misunderstanding about what the Affordable Care Act accomplishes for ordinary people like me. Summarized below are a few of the most compelling provisions of the Affordable Care Act, provisions that will disappear upon repeal, provisions that improve the lives of you and others you care about:
- For Medicare enrollees: provides key preventive services at no cost; enrollees also receive a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs in the Medicare “doughnut hole.”
- Prevents insurance companies from rescinding coverage.
- Eliminates lifetime limits on insurance coverage.
- Prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing medical conditions; provides access to all uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions.
- Sets up a Community Care Transition Program that helps high-risk seniors on Medicare to avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions.
- Provides health-insurance tax credits to small businesses wishing to provide health care to their employees.
- Allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until they turn 26.
- Provides increased payment to rural health-care providers to help keep medical care in our rural communities.
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I hope people will contact their local and national representatives and senators who think it is so important to make a political statement by repealing the Affordable Care Act: Ask them specifically which of the above provisions they are planning to take away from all of us.
Make it better. Don’t take it away.
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