Yesterday, President Obama spoke at Faneuil Hall in Boston, which began the process of health reform in America. The state’s progressive vision of universal coverage and the conservative idea of market competition are what formed the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act, specifically, that everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care, and no one should ever go broke just because they get sick.
And we’re seeing the benefits of reform extended nationally: According to a new report this week, nearly half of single, uninsured Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 can get coverage for $50 or less, often lower than the cost of their cable bill. That comes on top of the new benefits—including free preventive services like mammograms, and a prohibition against denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
While HealthCare.gov has experienced its share of bumps in the road, to all of our frustration, every day people are signing up and getting insurance. President Obama has said many times that he’s open to making the health care law work better. If folks could leave the politics aside for a bit—if Republicans spent as much energy trying to make the law work as they do attacking it—we could be much further than we are today.
In his remarks on Wednesday, President Obama also said that it’s misleading to say insurers are “cancelling” people’s insurance plans without also mentioning that almost all insurers are encouraging people to join better plans with the same carrier, with stronger benefits and stronger protections; while others will be able to get better plans with new carriers through the marketplace; and that many will get new help to pay for these better plans.