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32,000,000 -- thats the number of Americans who will get health insurance under my plan. [Source: Congressional Budget Office]
Thats also a little more than the populations of Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona --- COMBINED. [Source: U.S. Census Bureau]
We must act now and put American families and small businesses, not health insurance companies, in control of their own health care.
We are closer than ever to historic health insurance reform reform that will extend coverage to more than 30 million Americans, provide security and stability to those who have health insurance, and shift power from insurance companies to consumers.
The proposal will make health care more affordable, make health insurers more accountable, expand health coverage to all Americans, and make the health system sustainable, stabilizing family budgets, the Federal budget, and the economy:
It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today. This helps over 32 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today and makes coverage more affordable for many more. Under the plan, 95% of Americans will be insured.
It sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving tens of millions of Americans the same choices of insurance that members of Congress will have.
It brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care.
It will end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.
It puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next ten years and more than $1 trillion over the second decade by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.
Both the House and Senate versions of health insurance reform rest upon the following building blocks:
Insurance reforms to protect consumers from insurance company worst-practices like denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, capping total coverage, and dropping or watering down coverage when you get sick and need it most
Consumer protections that will restrict how much of your premium dollars insurance companies can spend on marketing, profits, and salaries
Creation of a health exchange to increase consumer choice and guarantee coverage
Affordable health options, with subsidies for working families and a hardship waiver
Tax credits to help small businesses afford coverage
Making preventive care completely free with no co-payments or deductibles
Lowering the cost of health care for our seniors
Improving the quality and extending the life of Medicare
Ensuring that reform is not only fully paid for, but actually significantly reduces the federal deficit
In the end, it doesn't matter if youre republican or democrat, it matters in what you believe in.
Dennis Kucinich for example: After months of saying he was against the health care bill, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland announced last week that he will vote yes.
Pickup up the phone and phone your local Representative and tell them you want this bill passed and you want them to vote for it, right now.
Thank you for making it possible,
President Barack Obama