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Affordable Care Act

 

 

 

 

The Affordable Care Act will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduce long-term health care costs. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that it will provide coverage to 32 million more people, or more than 94% of Americans, while lowering health care costs over the long term. This historic legislation will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the next ten years, with $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction in the following 10 years.

What the legislation does for you:

Health insurance reform puts American families and small business owners--not the insurance companies--in control of their own health care.

Making health insurance affordable for middle class and small businesses--one of largest tax cuts for health care in history--reducing premiums and out-of-pocket costs. 

Giving millions of Americans access to affordable insurance choices just as big businesses have--through a new competitive health insurance market that keeps costs down.

Holding insurance companies accountable to keep premiums down and prevent denials of care and coverage, including for pre-existing conditions.

Improving Medicare benefits with lower prescription drug costs for those in the ‘donut hole,' better chronic care, free preventive care, and nearly a decade more of solvency for Medicare.

Reducing the deficit by $143 billion over the next ten years, and by $1.2 trillion more over the following decade; reining in waste, fraud and abuse, paying for quality over quantity of care.

Failure to enact reform would have meant continued double digit premium increases--some as high as 60%, arbitrary loss of coverage, and huge increases in the national deficit.

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