On Monday, three Republican senators released The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act, a proposal that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and the powerful consumer protections that exist today. Though the likelihood of its passage is slim, it nonetheless offers a comprehensive picture of how opponents of the Affordable Care Act view the way our health care system should operate.
Provides new national and state data on how many Americans have out-of-pocket health care spending that exceeds caps created by the Affordable Care Act.
Starting in 2012, privately insured Americans will have an easier time evaluating their health insurance choices: The Affordable Care Act requires all medical insurance plans to use a standard disclosure form. More than 180 million Americans will benefit from this new requirement when it goes into effect.
Have you ever tried to compare prices and plans of different health insurance carriers in the private market? It’s downright impossible. There are so many variables: What benefits does this plan cover? What are the out-of-pocket costs? Is my age a factor? Not to mention the sheer number of plans there are to choose from—it makes my head spin just thinking about it!
Despite months of "the sky is falling" predictions from health reform’s opponents, Medicare Part D beneficiaries will not see huge increases in Medicare Part D premiums next year.
The health reform debate is rounding the corner and barreling towards the finish line-signing the bill into law. However, before we reach this momentous end, there are a few more procedural hurdles to overcome. The most daunting of them will be merging the House and Senate bills into a single piece of legislation that will be able to receive a majority vote in both chambers and to be signed into law by President Obama.