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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) made his views on the recently released House budget resolution clear on Fox News Sunday when he said, “We are in a situation where we have a safety net in place in this country for people who frankly don’t need one.”
Health reform has failed to be the “Armageddon” that conservatives predicted, and not a single “death panel” has appeared. Since the passage of health reform, we’ve seen that not only have these predictions not come true, but things are looking better than ever for grandma and her friends.
I don’t know about you, but it seems like yesterday that Sarah Palin was speaking into every microphone she could find lamenting that health reform would lead to President Obama personally pulling the plug on your grandma.
Well, you’ll be happy to know that it’s been exactly one year since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama and not one beloved grandmother has been subjected to a death panel.
Republicans are getting a lot of attention these days for trying to starve the Affordable Care Act of funding in order to derail implementation. Behind all the politics, what‘s not getting as much attention is all the good that the Affordable Care Act is doing right now, and how it’s helping Americans in all walks of life.
We were just reminded of that again last week when the Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $621 million in new grants to states through 2016 to help people living in nursing homes move back into the community.
Q: I supported health care reform and was so elated when it passed, however...Now I hear of cuts in payments to doctors for Medicare. Many doctors refuse Medicare patients already, but with more cuts there will be no medical care for seniors. Supplement plans won't cover anything that Medicare doesn't cover, or doctors that don't take Medicare. Health insurance for seniors is a near impossibility. So does health care reform mean health care on the back of seniors?
The New Year should welcome in a clean slate, but since opponents of reform won’t give up their campaign of misinformation, we have to set the record straight yet again.
Let’s all say it together this time: The Affordable Care Act does not contain death panels.
The rumors started last year when a few opponents of health reform saw an opportunity to gain political points by misrepresenting a benefit in the bill.
Many of you have sent in questions about how the new health care law will affect you and your family. We’ve compiled answers for select questions to our experts in a short series to help you navigate changes to the health care system. Here's the latest:
Question: What is the future for the doughnut hole for medication for people on Medicare?
The most significant improvements to the quality and safety of long-term care in the last 20 years were included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). But few people are aware of these changes because they have been overshadowed by all the controversy and misinformation that has surrounded the enactment of the comprehensive health reform law. Simply put, these provisions will improve the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities—and they deserve attention.
No one knows for sure just how much waste, fraud, and abuse occurs in the Medicare system, but everyone agrees there’s plenty of work to be done.
For example, one estimate says that Medicare could save as much as 30 percent if it could stop the delivery of unnecessary care. Everyone knows someone who’s received the same test twice—that’s wasteful, and coming improvements to the health care system, such as electronic medical records, should help address this problem.