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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Obamacare is a law created to help Americans pay for health care

Americans finally have access to affordable health insurance thanks to Obamacare. But, more than offering health insurance, Obamacare is also a law - the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

Republicans have been obsessed with destroying the ACA, starting their wasteful campaigns to discredit and under fund provisions in the law, soon after President Obama put his signature on the legislation. Nevertheless, in spite of enormous opposition by Republicans, Obamacare has prevailed. Now, millions of Americans have health insurance, as a result. Meanwhile, Republican attempts to recall the law have failed. In fact, Republicans in Congress wasted tax payer money trying to repeal the law, over 40 times!

Democrats must remind American voters what's at risk if Republicans are able to curtail or recall Obamacare, given an opportunity to do so. Americans must realize how Obamacare is focused entirely on helping people to afford health care, without regard for pre-existing conditions and eliminating caps on insurance coverage, among many other helpful provisions.

Wake up American voters! 

Obamacare is a law designed to help people afford health care, rather than increase insurance company profits.

Some health care policy wonks, employed by conservative think tanks, whine about how Obamacare won't bring down the cost of health care and, moreover, some people will even pay more for coverage than they did before the law went into effect. These self proclaimed experts are wrong. Health care costs will be reduced when the the utilization of expensive and unnecessary interventions are managed, instead of routinely prescribed. As for the people who will pay more for coverage under Obamacare, the cost of their previous coverage was bound to increase,regardless of the ACA; but insurance companies are using the law as an excuse to smokescreen over the inevitable raises in their rates.

Of course, the future of Obamacare will depend on how promptly claims are paid and the management of premium costs over time.
Republicans will, undoubtedly, undermine both of these provisions, given the chance. We can't let this happen.

Thankfully, Obamacare's implementation has shown Americans, many of them who never thought they could obtain health care insurance, that they can afford coverage. Some of these people are receiving health care insurance for the first time in their lives.

Now, it's time to educate these beneficiaries about their right to vote in the 2014 election, and to reward Democrats who have supported Obamacare insurance coverage.  

Americans can't go backwards by believing the Republican lies about Obamacare. Our nation is the only world democracy where people do not have universal access to health care. Let's not carry that terrible stigma forward any longer.

Obamacare is a law created to help Americans pay for health care and for no other purpose. President Obama would've had a much easier time with Congress, if he had side stepped the urgency of helping people to access quality and affordable health care. It's time President Obama tells Americans that voting for Republicans means putting Obamacare at risk.

Let's prevent all Republicans from passing regressive legislation and support the Democrats for bravely passing the Affordable Care Act. Let's elect Democrats and put Republicans on unemployment.

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