By Steve Anderson
As the old saying – and the song by Cinderella – goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. We think health reform is like that, and – while we’re not at all certain that the upcoming House Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act will be anything more than political theatre – we do think it’s a great chance for Americans to understand exactly what they could lose.
We’re definitely not thrilled that GOP lawmakers are going to challenge the new law in the House of Representatives, but we are actually pleased that the threat of repeal is forcing folks to take another look at the law’s provisions. One great way to look is with this new tool, which allows users to see what repeal of health reform would mean for each state.
Just click on your state to see how repeal of the ACA would wipe out critical consumer protections, cost savings, benefits for seniors (including preventive services and reduced prescription drug costs), and – hugely important – access to coverage for folks with pre-existing conditions.
It’s definitely a tool worth forwarding to friends in places like California, where 4.5 million seniors would lose preventive Medicare benefits. (Thanks to the ACA, Medicare beneficiaries will no longer need to remit a co-pay for services like mammograms and colonoscopies.)
Or you could pass it on to any one of the 10 million New York residents with private insurance coverage who would see the return of lifetime limits on how much insurance carriers will spend on their health care. Their neighbors in The Garden State might also be interested to know that 27,800 young adults in New Jersey would lose coverage through their parents’ health plans.
Throughout the debate over health reform, individuals repeatedly asked, “What’s in it for me?” Now, the question should be, “What’s in it that repeal will take away from me.”
Take a minute to find out what you’ve got – before it’s gone.
Posted January 6, 2011
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