January 1, 2011

House to Repeal Health Care Reform

Yohannes Abraham, political director of Organizing for America, is concerned about Republican attempts to repeal healthcare reform.

THE U.S. House of Representatives’ Republican majority has vowed to repeal all provisions of federal health reform.

IF THEY get their way, insurance companies will once again have the right to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, drop or limit coverage if you become sick, and charge women higher premiums than men,” said Yohannes Abraham, political director of Organizing for America, a grassroots organization supportive of President Barack Obama. “Seniors will lose critical prescription drug savings and free preventive care under Medicare.”

OF THE Affordable Care Act signed into law last year, Abraham said, “Its provisions are fair; it will reduce the deficit by more than $230 billion over the next ten years, cut costs, and protect all Americans from the worst insurance industry abuses. The law is already making a difference in people's lives.”

THE AFFORDABLE Care Act prevents insurers from raising premiums by double digits with no recourse or accountability; requires insurers to spend 80% to 85% of premium dollars on health care, not CEO bonuses -- and if they don't, they have to provide policyholders with a rebate; frees families from the fear of losing their insurance, or having it capped unexpectedly, after an injury or illness; and prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against pregnant women or denying coverage to children born with disabilities.

THE LAW remains in effect and would not be changed unless the U.S. Senate went along with the House bill and the President signed it.

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