Concord, NH, July 12 – Yesterday the U.S. Congress voted for the 31st time to repeal the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the Act is constitutional. And, the outcome was the same as it was the preceding 30 times. The Act stands. It seems that some members of the nation’s congress are as fixated and stubborn about this issue as some of our state legislators are about Right to Work. Why do they believe they will change the outcome of something that has been voted on so many times? Why don’t they concentrate on the real crisis – Americans are struggling to find work and keep their heads above water. Our legislators both here and in D.C. need to focus on the real crisis – the economy – and stop wasting time and taxpayer dollars by continuing to take votes on items that have already been settled and should be put to bed.
What does the Affordable Care Act do for us?
It makes healthcare coverage more secure by ensuring that no American can be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, lose their coverage, or be forced into bankruptcy if he or she gets sick. It will also require that members of Congress get their healthcare coverage from the same plans as millions of Americans.
Opponents of the bill do not have a plan to make healthcare more affordable or secure; their plan is to shift more healthcare costs onto the middle class and seniors, put insurance companies back in control and take away the benefits and protections of the healthcare law that are working for millions of Americans right now.
The Affordable Care Act at Work: More than 100 Million Americans Have Already Benefitted
- 86 million Americans have benefited from free preventive services like mammograms for women or wellness visits for seniors.
- 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage.
- 12.8 million Americans will benefit from rebates because their insurance company spent too much of their premium dollars on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.
- 6.6 million young adults have the security of coverage until age 26.
- 5.3 million Americans on Medicare have saved an average of $600 on their prescription drugs.
- 70,000 Americans with pre-existing conditions now have the security of coverage.
- 10.7 billion has been recovered by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare all while securing and protecting the benefits seniors have earned.
For more information on the Affordable Care Act and how the law is improving the lives of working families, visit http://www.seiu.org/the-healthcare-law/.