“we can’t go backward”

Statement by the President on the Affordable Care Act

“Today, the American people have greater health security than they did a year ago. Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans no longer have to live in fear that insurance companies will drop or cap their coverage if they get sick, or that they’ll face double-digit premium increases with no accountability or recourse. Small businesses across the country can take advantage of a new health care tax credit to offer coverage to their employees, and children suffering from an illness or pre-existing condition can no longer be denied coverage. Parents now can add their adult children up to age 26 to their health plans, and all Americans on new plans can access preventive care to keep them healthy with no additional out of pocket costs. Older Americans are seeing better benefits, lower prescription drug costs, and a stronger Medicare. And the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reports that improvements in health care delivery system as a result of this law will reduce federal deficits by over a trillion dollars in the next two decades.

So I’m willing and eager to work with both Democrats and Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act. But we can’t go backward. Americans deserve the freedom and security of knowing that insurance companies can’t deny, cap, or drop their coverage when they need it the most, while taking meaningful steps to curb runaway health care costs.”

4 Responses to ““we can’t go backward””

  1. 1 majii
    January 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    The fact that the republicans are trying to repeal the ACA after so many people are benefiting from it rubs me the wrong way. We pay a $700/mo subsidy for each of them to help cover the cost of their health care premiums. This doesn’t include their aides and staff members. Few of the republicans who want to repeal the ACA are relinquishing their own coverage but are racing to deny coverage to millions of Americans to benefit the health insurance industry. Peter King is calling the ACA unconstitutional. Think Progress provided a link to a list of 100 lawyers who state that the ACA is NOT unconstitutional, not even the mandate under the Commerce Clause. A Think Progress reporter asked Ron Paul if the GOP members in Congress are hypocrites if they receive a subsidy for their health care and deny it to the citizens at the same time. His answer was, “Maybe.” He says he’ll still vote to repeal the ACA. The reporter asked him whether he knew the amount of his tax payer supported subsidy, and he didn’t have a clue. These are some clueless and cold-hearted individuals.

    Click to access law_professors_ACA.pdf

  2. January 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I count myself of average intelligence but for the life of me I don’t understand this. President Obama wore himself out last summer getting healthcare for those who had nothing. This was a major milestone for this country. Is this how Congress is supposed to spend our money. Undoing a legislation that middle class America badly needs. America needs to rise up and recall every last one of thes people that have bought a spot in Congress that are opposed to healthcare. Why fix something that ain’t broke? Waste, waste and more waste. There’s no keeping your eyes on the prize here. I am about ready to dig a hole, crawl in it and pull the dirt in behind me. I just don’t understand this crap. It’s done, let it go!! SH#t!!!

    • January 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Hey Graciouslady, I really share your frustration on this. It’s no surprise that the Republicans and their health insurance industry masters are fighting this all the way – and if they’re unhappy with the reform then it must really be good for the ‘common’ man and woman. Sometimes I’m endlessly frustrated with the White House and the President’s team for not doing better at countering the lies and promoting the huge positives about this reform, but I know they’re up against a constant stream of misinformation about it. A few columnists made the point after the midterms that during the Republicans’ efforts to repeal the bill the positive facts about it (eg the long term savings) would emerge more clearly than they ever did before, so I cling to the hope that that is what will happen. But you’re right, the whole thing is insane.

  3. 4 Sonjia Duncan
    January 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Statement by the President on the Affordable Care Act

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