June 29, 2012: A Win for Health Care Reform
E-NEWSLETTER ~ June 29, 2012
As you’ve heard by now, the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate and most other major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its ruling yesterday.
This is truly good news for a nation that needs it.
It’s not a victory for any one party or ideology; it’s a victory for people without adequate coverage for one of the certainties of life: everyone gets sick at some point.
Hopefully the ruling will also provide its own certainty, settling the waters that have been churned by conservative opponents of health care reform and allowing the benefits of the law to continue to take hold. Already, under the ACA’s provisions:
- Insurance companies can no longer reject children because of pre-existing conditions
- Young adults are now able to stay on their parent's health care plans until age 26-- a benefit which has already helped 6 million young adults
- Small businesses can obtain tax credits to help them provide insurance benefits to their workers-- for which as many as 4 million entrepreneurs are eligible
- Seniors receive a 50% discount for their prescription drugs in the Medicare “donut hole”-- a discount that's already saved more than 5 million seniors about $600 each
- Preventive care like checkups and mammograms are now free and included under all policies-- a provision that’s already helped over 54 million Americans
A vote on the floor of the House has been scheduled for July 11 to repeal health care reform. I will of course fight that effort. But instead of re-litigating the past, I wish the majority would-- finally-- address the stagnant economy and pass truly effective legislation which will help put Americans back to work.
I wish you all the best as we head toward the Fourth of July holiday.
CAROLYN B. MALONEY
Member of Congress