It also deserves support because, as a by-product, as millions of more customers come on board, emergency health care costs will come down, jobs will be added to the health care and insurance agencies fields and tax revenues will increase.
And it is already prodding some states to bring relevant stakeholders to the table (health care providers, health care insurance providers and public officials to the table working to find more ways to save money on the costs of health care and premiums.
There is no need to get bogged down in the numbers right now as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has made its predictions (and everything related to the health care law, BTW, is a prediction, at this point in time, as the law will not be fully implemented until 2014) after which it will take time to collect the data, analyze it and assess it.
Further, I the CBO predictions can’t predict potential savings to be reaped by preventative care, which will be a strong factor in those assessments.
Having said that, the White House website (WHW) is available to see how individual states are being impacted by the health care law as it moves through implementation.
A few examples from Massachusetts: 102,000 small business may be eligible for tax credits this year; 86,700 people who hit the “donut hole” may be eligible for rebates this year; 1,020,000 people on Medicare will receive free preventative care; 4,480,00 people who with private health care insurance will not have to worry about lifetime limits; 4,480,00 people who become ill will not have their health care being dropped and; 9,830 young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ policies.
Facts can be checked at the WHW, as well, for example: No federal funding can be used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is endangered; seniors will have access to Medicare Advantage plans (which have, in the past, been used by some and paid for by all), the difference is insurance companies will no longer be overpaid for the few by the many and; the health care law will not lead to massive tax increases and kill jobs as it, in realty, includes a large middle-class tax cut for health care and it is predicted to create an estimated 250,000 jobs per year.
Why not support it, why not to give it a chance and why not pull together as a nation in being a part of the solution and not a part of the problem?
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