Ten Reasons Why Reform is Good for Americans’ Health

MoveOn.org has a new top 10 list on how healthcare reform will benefit Americans.  MoveOn.org, the non-profit, progressive, public policy advocacy group and political action committee, has put together a list of the 10 things they believe every American should know about healthcare reform. For those who have watched the events of the last 14 months unfold, it’s a useful reminder of what this arduous journey was all about.

1.  Once reform is completely implemented, more than 95 percent of Americans will have healthcare insurance, including 32 million who currently lack any coverage.

2.  Health insurance companies will not be allowed to deny people coverage because of preexisting conditions — or to drop coverage if someone becomes sick.

3.  People and small businesses who can’t afford to purchase insurance on their own will be able to pool together and choose from a selection of competing plans with reduced premiums.

4.  Reform will cut the federal budget deficit by $138 billion over the next 10 years; that rises to $1.2 trillion over the following decade.

5.  Healthcare will be more affordable for families and small businesses, thanks to new tax credits, subsidies, and other assistance – primarily paid for by taxing insurance and pharmaceutical companies, as well as the wealthiest Americans.

6.  Seniors receiving Medicare coverage will see lower costs for prescription drugs because healthcare reform closes the “donut hole” gap.

7.  By cutting employers’ healthcare costs, reform will create or save more than 2.5 million jobs over the next 10 years.

8.  Medicaid will be expanded to offer health insurance to 16 million more low-income people.

9.  Rather than losing coverage because they leave home or graduate from college, young adults will have the ability to remain on their families’ insurance plans until age 26.

10.  Community health centers will receive an additional $11 billion, doubling the number of patients who can be treated, even if they lack insurance or are unable to pay.

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