Improving the quality of health care for Americans is the main goal for President Barak Obama and United States politicians. On November 7, 2009, by a vote of 220-215.The Affordable Health Care for America Act [H.R. 3962] was passed. This new legislation blends and updates the three versions of previous bills passed by the House committees of jurisdiction in July, embodies President Obama’s key goals for health reform. It will slow the growth in out-of-control costs, introduce competition into the health care marketplace to keep coverage affordable and insurers honest, protect people’s choices of doctors and health plans. Everyone is expected to actively participate as individuals and employers and work alongside the federal government to make the legistaltion effective.
This is considered a milestone and a victory for the American people. It assures that all Americans have access to quality, stable and affordable health care. In the near future, under this updated health insurance reform legislation. Citizens of all ages, from young children to retirees have access to greater quality of care by focusing on prevention, wellness, and strengthening programs that work.
The key components of the Affordable health Care for America Act include:
- Increasing choice and competition.
- Giving Americans peace of mind. The legislation will ensure that Americans have portable, secure health care coverage – so that they won’t lose care if their employer drops their plan or they lose their job.
- Ensuring shared responsibility. The bill will ensure that individuals, employers, and the federal government share responsibility for a quality and affordable health care system.
- Protecting consumers and reducing waste, fraud, and abuse. The legislation will put the interests of consumers first, protect them from problems in getting and keeping health care coverage, and reduce waste, fraud, and abuse.
- Reducing the deficit and ensuring the solvency of Medicare and Medicaid. The legislation will be entirely paid for – it will not add a dime to the deficit. It will also put Medicare and Medicaid on the path to a more fiscally sound future, so seniors and low-income Americans can continue to receive the quality health care benefits for years to come.
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