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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What's really at stake

From Pr. Obama:           [PLEASE SHARE]

Please share with your friends: What's really at stake
Any day now, health insurance reform will come up for a vote in the Senate. More than ever, it's extremely important for everyone to know about what's really at stake for America.

The Senate health reform bill will:

  • Extend coverage to 31 million Americans, the largest expansion of coverage since the creation of Medicare.

  • Ensure that you can choose your own doctor.

  • Finally stop insurance companies from denying coverage due to a pre-existing condition.

  • Make sure you will never be charged exorbitant premiums on the basis of your age, health, or gender.

  • Guarantee you will never lose your coverage just because you get sick or injured.

  • Protect you from outrageous out-of-pocket expenditures by establishing lifetime and annual limits.

  • Allow kids to stay on their parents' coverage until they're 26.

  • Create health insurance exchanges, or "one-stop shops" for individuals purchasing insurance, where insurance companies are forced to compete for new customers.

  • Lower premiums for families, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office -- especially for struggling folks who will receive subsidies.

  • Help small businesses provide health care coverage to their employees with tax credits and by allowing them to purchase coverage through the exchanges.

  • Improve and strengthen Medicare by eliminating waste and fraud (without cutting basic benefits), beginning to close the Medicare Part D donut hole, and extending the life of the Medicare trust fund.

  • Create jobs by reining in costs -- fostering competition, reducing waste and inefficiency, and starting to reward doctors and hospitals for quality, not quantity, of care.

  • Cut the deficit by over $130 billion in the next 10 years.

It's a long list. But that's only because this bill, while it does not include everything that everyone wants, represents the most significant health reform our nation has seen since the creation of Medicare.

And it's important that every American knows what's really at stake this holiday season.

So please share this note with your friends today by clicking "share" at the top of this page.

(You can also create your own by copy-pasting this text into a new note and tagging your friends in it directly.)

We wouldn't be this close to enacting these powerful reforms without all your hard work. Now, we're in the final stretch -- let's keep it up.

Thank you.