In what should be a topic of interest in Europe, the President of the United States via The White House just sent out this email (as follows in content) regarding today's U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare:
March 23, 2010, I sat down at a table in the East Room of the White
House and signed my name on a law that said, once and for all, that
health care would no longer be a privilege for a few. It would be a
right for everyone.
Five years later, after more than
50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law and multiple
challenges before the Supreme Court, here is what we know today:
law worked. It's still working. It has changed and saved American
lives. It has set this country on a smarter, stronger course.
And it's here to stay.
If that means something to you today, add your voice here.
morning, the Supreme Court upheld one of the most critical parts of
health reform -- the part that has made it easier for Americans to
afford health insurance, no matter where you live.
the challenges to this law had succeeded, millions would have had
thousands of dollars in tax credits taken away. Insurance would have
once again become unaffordable for many Americans. Many would have even
become uninsured again. Ultimately, everyone's premiums could have gone
Because of this law, and because of today's
decision, millions of Americans will continue to receive the tax credits
that have given about 8 in 10 people who buy insurance on the new
Health Insurance Marketplaces the choice of a health care plan that
costs less than $100 a month.
If you're a parent, you
can keep your kids on your plan until they turn 26 -- something that has
covered millions of young people so far. That's because of this law. If
you're a senior, or have a disability, this law gives you discounts on
your prescriptions -- something that has saved 9 million Americans an
average of $1,600 so far. If you're a woman, you can't be charged more
than anybody else -- even if you've had cancer, or your husband had
heart disease, or just because you're a woman. Your insurer has to offer
free preventive services like mammograms. They can't place annual or
lifetime caps on your care.
And when it comes to
preexisting conditions -- someday, our grandkids will ask us if there
was really a time when America discriminated against people who got
sick. Because that's something this law has ended for good.
years in and more than 16 million insured Americans later, this is no
longer just about a law. This isn't just about the Affordable Care Act,
This is health care in America.
is a victory for every American whose life will continue to become more
secure because of this law. And 20, 30, 50 years from now, most
Americans may not know what "Obamacare" is. And that's okay. That's the
Because today, this reform remains what it
always has been -- a set of fairer rules and tougher protections that
have made health care in America more affordable, more attainable, and
more about you.
That's who we are as Americans. We look
out for one another. We take care of each other. We root for one
another's success. We strive to do better, to be better, than the
generation before us, and we try to build something better for the
generation that comes behind us.
And today, with this behind us, let's come together and keep building something better. That starts right now.
President Barack Obama"
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