Do you have an extra $11,000 to spend on health care during retirement? What about $60,000? Or $331,000? You don’t? Me neither! However, that’s exactly what Governor Romney and Rep. Ryan are asking of us with their Medicare plan.
As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act , states have found themselves in the position of deciding whether or not to expand their Medicaid programs. Right now, some states have said “yes” to expansion. In a few, like Texas and Florida, the governors have said “no.” In most, governors and legislatures are weighing the option.
Many of the important reforms that Obamacare provides will take a couple more years to be complete—big change takes time. But one already implemented provision has made a huge difference in more than a million people’s lives: Thanks to the law, young adults have health insurance because they can stay on their parent’s insurance plans until they turn 26.
Did you get a rebate check in the mail last month from your insurance company? Were you pleasantly surprised to see a smaller increase—or no increase at all—in your insurance premium this year? If you did, you’ve got Obamacare to thank!
We all need a good wake up and shake up once in a while, maybe often—both personally and professionally.
We need something to come along and give our smug complacency a good rattle. Recently, I got just that.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled that states would not be required to expand their Medicaid programs. Many of our bloggers have already told you a bit about why expanding Medicaid is critical for states. But I want to throw one more reason out there: expanding Medicaid can help improve education.
As the second night of the Democratic National Convention got under way, women once again played a major role. From Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), to Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren, it’s clear women’s issues are a hot topic. But the speaker that stood out the most for me was Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK, and one of the nuns on the bus. For me and my Families USA colleagues, Sister Simone holds a special place in our hearts.
Yesterday morning, Families USA and SEIU hosted a health care forum at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. Leading health care visionaries and activists gathered to celebrate the historic victory of the Affordable Care Act and to discuss what’s at stake for American families and their health care in this election. However, I would say it seemed more like a pep rally than a forum. A pep rally for all the advocates who worked tirelessly to pass the Affordable Care Act and for all of us who continue to fight to protect the progress we’ve made.
Since the Democrats kicked off their party convention, everyone has been talking about health care. From the House Democratic Women’s Caucus promoting the protections that Affordable Care Act has afforded women, to Michelle Obama praising President Obama for his commitment to making sure everyone in America has access to affordable, quality health care—it’s clear Democrats are dedicated to protecting our health care rights.
With all the rhetoric being thrown around about health care, the importance of the reforms we’ve made and the need to protect those reforms and move forward can be easily forgotten. With the release of the Democratic platform last night, it seems they too understand this and want to make sure our health care rights are not only protected, but also improved upon.