By Patsy Harris
Which is better, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or ObamaCare? It was great fun to see ordinary Americans confidently answer that question during a street poll by a late night TV show.
Of course, the Americans who made it into the clip on this comedy show answered they did support the ACA and did not support ObamaCare. They said the ACA was affordable, more American, did not force people to buy into the plan, allows people to make their own choices.
It shows what a great job the Republicans have done with their own folks by substituting the supposedly belittling name of ObamaCare for the one-in-the-same act that has been law of the land for three years. That works wonders with people who have an intense disgust with anything associated with our President.
Here are just a few of the components of the ACA, voted on and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, then voted on and passed by the U.S. Senate, then signed, yes, by President Barack Obama in March 2010, and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012. These are already in place and working for millions of Americans:
1. Provides a new patient’s bill of rights so that the insured get a fair deal with and are treated well by their insurance companies.
2. Insurance companies are prohibited from imposing lifetime dollar limits on essential benefits, like hospital stays.
3. Young people can stay on parents’ insurance until their 26th birthday.
4. Medicare patients get additional discounts on drugs and some preventive services for free.
While www.healthcare.gov is the infamous website to shop and compare insurance coverage, check out http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights for key features of the Affordable Care Act and a year-by-year overview of the features.
Call the law anything you want to, but do check it out.