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Friday, July 20, 2012

Exposing the myths: "Obamacare" is heath care

Art --

Ever wondered what "Obamacare" actually does?

One of the major achievements of the Affordable Care Act is a provision allowing young people to stay on their parents' insurance plans until age 26 -- avoiding a dangerous and costly gap in coverage.

Here's something else:

The CDC just announced that the Affordable Care Act has already extended health coverage to 2.5 million Americans under 26. That's twice as many as originally projected.

I wanted you to see this news for two reasons. For one, it's proof that the work you did to fight for progress is paying off.

Two: This news comes at a time when the Republicans running for President are attacking the health care law whenever they get on stage. They're not just threatening to stall our progress -- they're promising to undo everything we've already achieved. Now we know that includes revoking coverage from the 2.5 million young people who are now insured under their parents' plans.

The simple truth is the Affordable Care Act is already helping millions of people get the care they deserve. It's also saving seniors nearly $600 a year on their prescription drugs, ensuring that insurance companies won't refuse to cover children with serious illnesses, and prohibiting lifetime caps on necessary care.

Can you take a moment to reach out to five of your friends who will be affected by this change and ask them to join you in supporting the Affordable Care Act?

And if you want a reminder that 2.5 million isn't just a number, check out the video we put together about Emily from Nebraska, and see how health reform is changing lives.

Before the President signed this reform into law, more young Americans went without health insurance than any other age group. Gambling on the hope that they wouldn't get sick, millions of young people were forced to choose between paying their rent and buying insurance out of pocket, putting them at risk right out of the gate as they started families or embarked on their careers. Nearly half of young uninsured adults reported problems paying medical bills -- others skipped checkups and recommended screenings due to cost. And if they developed a serious illness, they would have a "pre-existing condition" and might never be able to get affordable coverage.

In the coming months, we're going to be called on to defend the Affordable Care Act, and so many other of the President's accomplishments, as our prospective opponents try to discredit our work in a bid to win votes. The stakes are very real: Mitt Romney recently promised that, if elected, his first act as President would be to repeal the Affordable Care Act -- making care once again inaccessible for millions of young people.

This good news about the Affordable Care Act is another reminder of why we're all here. And on Wednesday, the President announced that America's war in Iraq is coming to an end. Across the board, the movement that started in 2007 is following through on its promises. Now let's keep it up.

Watch Emily's story, and then share the news with your friends and family:



James Kvaal
Policy Director
Obama for America

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