Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This is not how your father followed the news..

This was in my in-box this morning, a daily service i subscribe to, allowing me to know what's going on at Capitol hill. You too can subscribe and receive this information daily. 
Do you want to contribute to the conversation? Go ahead.
Do you want to just lurk in the background? Fine.
Do you want to be counted? You have to stay informed.
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Save the info for when you feel better.

Health Reform: A Phone Call from the President

Posted by Kalpen Modi on March 22, 2011 at 04:00 PM EDT

One year ago tomorrow, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. It was a historic day, and the law is already making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans like Erick Moberg.

Erick is currently a senior at Michigan State University and his dream is to attend medical school at his grandfather’s alma mater in Missouri. Erick was always interested in medicine, but he was inspired after speaking to the doctors who treated his mother when she had quadruple bypass surgery.

After he graduates this spring, Erick will be taking a year to enhance his skills and prepare his application. Under the old insurance rules, he would have been forced off his parent’s health insurance plan. But now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Erick will be able to stay on his mother’s plan.

We interviewed Erick, and as he told his story, he received a surprise phone call from President Obama.

Erick is just one example of the millions of Americans who are being helped by the new law. After just one year, Americans are enjoying:

New coverage options

•Children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage in new health plans.

•Adults who have been locked out of the insurance marketplace because of a pre-existing condition can now buy coverage through a new Pre-Existing Condition Plan.

Better quality coverage
•People with insurance are free from worrying about losing their insurance due to a mistake on an application, or having it capped unexpectedly if someone is in an accident or becomes sick.

•All Americans in new insurance plans will receive preventive services without being charged a deductible, co-payment, or co-insurance.

Lower Costs

•Seniors have the freedom to get the care they need, including free preventive care, lower cost prescription drugs, and Medicare they can count on. Nearly 4 million Americans who hit the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap known as the “donut hole” received $250 tax-free rebates, and will receive a 50% discount on brand name prescription drugs if they hit the donut hole this year.

•Up to 4 million small businesses could receive tax credits to make employees’ health coverage more affordable.

•Insurance companies can no longer overcharge consumers just to boost profits and CEO salaries.

Visit to learn more about the new law and the work we’re doing to deliver the benefits of reform to the American people. For step-by-step instructions on the young adult coverage provision that helped Erick, you can also visit

Note: you also can visit our 50 States, 50 Stories map to listen to more stories of people the law has helped.

Kalpen Modi is Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.


Brian Miller said...

thanks for the intel...i am a big proponant of affordable heatlhcare to all...but not the political headaches and special interst appeasements...

rosaria said...

I'm just referring to this email as a sample of how information is flowing through from The White House to whomever. I just subscribed a couple of months ago, and daily, I get these briefings that I can ignore, or follow up on.

I'm happy to have this much information at my fingertips.

Roberta said...

Do you have a link you can post to it? I didn't see one in your post.


NormalToEatPB said...

Well, I am glad the bill could help those who would otherwise be struggling

Joani said...

I'm sorry to say that Americans & especially older least those R the ones I deal with...I find that insurance companies will persuade Americans 2 buy their product & most Americans don't even know what they're buying. The biggest issue I find is insurance companies who offer the Medicare Advantage Plan....U take this in lieu of the usual Medicare most times because it also includes drugs and most times only requires copay. Have the Americans sat down & figured out how much the USA gives to this insurance company to pay for your insurance....a lot more than comes out of UR social security check.....and, the insurance company is most likely charging U a fee for this insurance as well. Add the cost up. Would U be better of having Medicare, A supplement and a drug plan to cover those drugs. R U taking a lot of drugs that would warrant the drug plan? R U seeing enough medical people to have a supplement? When U pay into Medicare, and, U end up not using it, it doesn't go to the goes to other Medicare patients. The insurance companies R only worried about their stockholders & their bottom lines. Figure it out. When I turn 65...Feb of 2012...U can bet UR boots that I'm staying with Medicare....may or may not buy a supplement....and may or may not buy a drug plan. And, is UR doctor of choice accepting Medicare and/or the insurance company U have chosen with the Medicare Advantage Plan? Things to think about.
Have a great day.

Sightings said...

Well, okay ... but even if you like Obama and even if you like the health care bill (which I do), let's not forget that any information you receive from a politician -- even a politician you like, even the President of the United States -- is going to essentially be propaganda, in the sense that it's pushing their agenda and promoting their chances for reelection.

But that being said, the more info., the more points of view, the more transparency, the better.

Eva Gallant said...

I get this update, too. And as far as medicare advantage plans go, you have to shop around. I cannot afford a medicare supplement plan which runs 160+ dollars per month and doesn't cover drugs. My advantage plan has no monthly premium and includes prescription drugs with a small co-pay. The best deal if you can afford it is definitely a supplement plus a drug plan. An advantage plan can be an affordable compromise.

Anonymous said...

To be informed is to be empowered. I think that's how the adage goes!

I do wish the whole health care had gone farther - medicare for all, the public option.

Robyn said...

I think that it is outrageous that medical care is not affordable for all. It's cruel.

I am very fortunate living here in Australia.

and yes on the topic of news it is nothing like it was for the generation before us.
Mostly I get my news via the internet. I rarely read a newspaper and occasonally will turn to the television.

quilterliz said...

G'day Rosaria.
Great idea that you can receive news like that. I will have to find out if we can here in Australia. We are pretty lucky here regarding healthcare , though probably not everyone would agree. I know a lot of people who cannot afford to be in private health funds because of the costs etc, but I think our Medicare works ok. Take care...

She Writes said...

Thank you, Rosaria for following me and encouraging me. It has meant more than you know. I have looked for women to mentor me in life and you did :) right here. xxamy

The Broad said...

As a resident of the UK I am covered completely under the NHS. While there are problems with the service, I have myself experienced no problems. We have a wonderful practice, can always be seen on the day if an emergency and after the age of 60 prescriptions are free. In addition, because we are in the EU we are also covered when travelling in other EU countries. The biggest problem other countries seem to have is finding the right coverage for visits to the USA. The American people deserve the peace of mind which would come with universal health care -- it really is a 'priceless' benefit!

Atlanta Roofing said...

Part of the reason people got behind Obamacare at first was because insurance companies were making it harder and harder to receive care. YOU might have a policy that makes it easy to see someone when you're sick, but a lot of people aren't so lucky. Instead, Obamacare handed the system to the insurance companies, its worst abusers. That's why we hate it.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Very interesting. Gosh, a year already!

Maggie May said...

I'm very glad it is making a difference.
That year has gone quickly.
I am glad we have a National Health Service that is free.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

rosaria said...

For those of you who are inclined:
will get you into the system at the level you feel comfortable.