The president talks up the health care overhaul at Tuesday’s press conference
If you’re one of the millions of people confused about Obamacare, the president took a few minutes on Tuesday to reiterate his main messages about the federal health law.
“For the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, they’re already experiencing most of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act even if they don’t know it,” the president said.
He called insurance “stronger, better, more secure,” for people than before the law’s passage. “Full stop. That’s it. Now they don’t have to worry about anything else.”
President Obama specifically mentioned three benefits of the ACA already in place:
- Children can stay on their parents’ plan until age 26
- Your insurance company cannot drop you if you get sick
- You get free preventive care with no co-pay and no deductible (including many cancer screening tests)
The law also has banned lifetime caps on coverage. For people who have employer-based insurance or Medicare, most of the changes required by the law are already in place.
For people who do not have insurance — or who buy insurance for themselves or their families — “implementation issues” remain, the president said. Continue reading