By Jueseppi B.
Ted Cruz managed to talk about Obamacare on the Senate floor for 21 hours earlier this week without saying much that was actually true about Obamacare.
It was an example of just how much misinformation there is out there about health reform — and we need to fight back with the truth.
We put together a beautiful new website that’s full of facts about how Obamacare is working across the country — including in Iowa. Take a look, and share it with your friends and family:
This Is ObamaCARES
Open enrollment in Obamacare’s exchanges begin in less than a week, so it’s never been more important to get the word out about the benefits of health reform.
So set the record straight on the misinformation about Obamacare — hold Ted Cruz and his Republican allies accountable.
Obama Clearly Explains “Obamacare”
Published on May 1, 2013
President Obama explaining that most of the Affordable Care Act – aka, Obamacare – has been implemented for people who have insurance through their employers and clarified that the other part of the law to be implemented are the exchanges that will allow individuals to buy insurance in an “exchange” where companies will compete for their business.
“I think that any time you’re implementing something big, there’s going to be people who are nervous and anxious about is it going to get done, until it’s actually done.
But let’s just step back for a second and make sure the American people understand what it is that we’re doing. The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — has now been with us for three years. It’s gone through Supreme Court tests. It’s gone through efforts to repeal. A huge chunk of it has already been implemented. And for the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, they’re already experiencing most of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act even if they don’t know it.
Their insurance is more secure. Insurance companies can’t drop them for bad reasons. Their kids are able to stay on their health insurance until they’re 26 years old. They’re getting free preventive care.
So there are a whole host of benefits that, for the average American out there, for the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, this thing has already happened. And their only impact is that their insurance is stronger, better, more secure than it was before. Full stop. That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.
The implementation issues come in for those who don’t have health insurance — maybe because they have a preexisting condition and the only way they can get health insurance is to go out on the individual market, and they’re paying 50 percent or 100 percent more than those of us who are lucky enough to have group plans; people who are too poor to get health insurance and the employers don’t offer them. Maybe they work for a small business and this small business can’t afford right now to provide health insurance.
So all the implementation issues that are coming up are implementation issues related to that small group of people, 10 to 15 percent of Americans — now, it’s still 30 million Americans, but a relatively narrow group — who don’t have health insurance right now, or are on the individual market and are paying exorbitant amounts for coverage that isn’t that great.
And what we’re doing is we’re setting up a pool so that they can all pool together and get a better deal from insurance companies. And those who can’t afford it, we’re going to provide them with some subsidies.
That’s it. I mean, that’s what’s left to implement, because the other stuff has been implemented and it’s working fine.
The challenge is that setting up a market-based system, basically an online marketplace where you can go on and sign up and figure out what kind of insurance you can afford and figuring out how to get the subsidies — that’s still a big, complicated piece of business.
And when you’re doing it nationwide, relatively fast, and you’ve got half of Congress who is determined to try to block implementation and not adequately funding implementation, and then you’ve got a number of members of — or governors — Republican governors — who know that it’s bad politics for them to try to implement this effectively, and some even who have decided to implement it and then their Republican-controlled state legislatures say, don’t implement, and won’t pass enabling legislation — when you have that kind of situation, that makes it harder.
But having said all that, we’ve got a great team in place. We are pushing very hard to make sure that we’re hitting all the deadlines and the benchmarks.”
What Obamacare Means for You
The Affordable Care Act means better coverage for those who already have health insurance, and more options for those who don’t.
Published on Sep 27, 2013
Starting October 1st, you can go tohttp://www.healthcare.gov and use the new Health Insurance Marketplace to see all of the health plans available in your area and sign up for the one that fits your needs and budget. You can also find out if you’re eligible to pay less for private health insurance or whether you qualify for other free or low-cost programs.
The Affordable Care Act: Front Page News
Published on Sep 26, 2013
While Ted Cruz railed against Obamacare, threatening to shut down the government, the front pages of papers across the country made clear that Obamacare is making affordable health insurance a reality for Americans nationwide. Yesterday, communities woke up to the news that Obamacare would give Americans more options and lower prices on quality health insurance. Even Ted Cruz’s hometown paper had the headline: “Texans to have array of insurance options.” [Houston Chronicle, 9/25/13]
So while Ted Cruz and Washington Republicans threaten to shut down the government and default on our obligations to defend the status quo, a simple fact remains: Obamacare is working and Americans deserve the affordable health care it is providing.
Obama Ridicules GOP Fear Mongering Of Obamacare
How the GOP has convinced people that Affordable Health Care is a bad thing is mind-boggling. The plan was CREATED by the GOP years ago! Their base is unbelievably ignorant. The sky is NOT falling, you TeaBagging redneck morons. Just ask a Liberal, otherwise known as an educated person, and we can easily explain how the Affordable Care Act WILL HELP YOU AND TENS OF MILLIONS OF OTHER AMERICANS.
Published on Sep 24, 2013
President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clintonmet in New York at the Clinton Global Initiative to discuss the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, the opposition to the law, and the future of health care.
Published on Sep 26, 2013
Speaking from Largo, Md. Thursday morning, President Barack Obama promoted the benefits of his health care law before new insurance exchanges open for business next week.
October 1st, 2013 Open Enrollment Begins.
January 1st, 2014 Coverage Begins.
March 31st, 2014 Open Enrollment Closes.
A new report shows that the Affordable Care Act will deliver on its promise to make health insurance more affordable and accessible for Americans who need it. Download the full report\
There’s a lot of misinformation out there. For too long, too many hard working Americans paid the price for policies that handed free rein to insurance companies. President Obama’s health reform law gives hard working families the security they deserve. The Affordable Care Act holds insurance companies accountable, lowers health care costs, gives Americans more freedom and control in their health care choices and improves the quality of care.
What has Obamacare done for me lately?
How To Enroll In ObamaCARES October 1st, 2013
Published on Sep 19, 2013
On October 1st, Americans will be able to enroll themselves and their families in a health care plan on HealthCare.gov. Annie talks with Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, about the new open-source marketplace for finding plans that fit your needs and budget.
Have you used HealthCare.gov? What are your impressions? Let us know in the comments.
Don Lemons Comes Clean On Republicans And Obamacare
Published on Sep 25, 2013
What is taking so many so long to call out Republicans on the evil of their objection to Obamacare. Well, Don Lemon is one of the few from the traditional media that is now speaking up. He did so on Tom Joyner’s show. Will he do it on CNN proper?
President Clinton Defends the Health Care Law (The Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare”) Full Speech
Published on Sep 4, 2013
Former President Bill Clinton’s full speech highlighting the benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law that the United States is just months away from rolling out, in an hour-long address at his Clinton Presidential Centre in Little Rock, AR.
The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare
Published on Jul 17, 2013
2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare? Join the YouToons as they walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” go into effect.
Health Reform Explained Video: “Health Reform Hits Main Street”
Uploaded on Sep 17, 2010
July 18, 2013: UPDATED ANIMATION NOW AVAILABLE. View the newest YouToons video, “The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare”
Health care reform explained in “Health Reform Hits Main Street.”
Confused about how the new health care reform law really works? This short, animated movie — featuring the “YouToons” — explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Cokie Roberts, a news commentator for ABC News and NPR and a member of Kaiser’s Board of Trustees. Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios.
Also let the YouToons illustrate how health insurance coverage will work under reform.
What if I Already Have Health Insurance? | Health Care Reform
Published on Jul 2, 2013
The new health care reform law, the “Affordable Care Act” brings a lot of changes. Florida Blue is here to help you understand.
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