The Affordable Care Act’s second open enrollment period ends on February 15th and 10 million people have already signed up or been automatically re-enrolled in federal and state-run marketplaces since November. If you haven’t already done so, log on to HealthCare.gov this weekend to sign up for a plan or shop around to make sure your current plan is still the best fit for you. At least 2.4 million people have signed up through state run exchanges, and more than 7.75 million people have signed up in the 37 states that use the federally-facilitated exchange. Here are just a few highlights of the 2015 enrollment period so far:
Despite the fact that millions of Americans finally have access to quality, affordable health insurance, ideologically-motivated Republicans are working to take that away for political gain. A few weeks ago the House voted to repeal the law for the 56th time. And the Supreme Court case King v. Burwell, which we’ve written about before, threatens to strip the premium tax credits from the millions of Americans enrolled in the federally facilitated exchange, which would cause a ripple effect that could destroy the entire health care system.
A report by the Urban Institute breaks down the characteristics of the people most likely to lose access to health care if the Supreme Court rules against the law, and found that those most likely to lose their credits are white, single adults living in the South. It is important to note that while the Supreme Court case could make insurance unaffordable for millions, it currently has no effect on people’s ability to receive tax credits. So if you have yet to visit HealthCare.gov to enroll or renew a current plan, be sure to log before February 15th.
BOTTOM LINE: Millions of Americans have already taken advantage of open enrollment and reaped the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Nevertheless, ideologically-driven conservatives continue to attempt to dismantle the law with no regard for the devastating consequences that would have on millions of
| By CAP Action War Room repost
As momentum continues to build up to the March 31 open enrollment deadline, Republican lawmakers continue to make every effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The House GOP keeps saying they are going to present an alternative, but all they can agree on is repealing the law–which they have now voted to do over 50 times.
Here’s one of the many flaws with that strategy: the law is working. And what’s more, Republican elected officials and candidates for public office are hearing about it from their constituents. Here are a few recent examples:
BOTTOM LINE: People are standing up and telling Republican lawmakers their stories about how the Affordable Care Act is working. The question is will they listen or just keep on pursuing their repeal-at-all-costs agenda?
— It brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care.
— It will end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.
— It puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next ten years — and about $1 trillion over the second decade — by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.
It includes a targeted set of changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Senate-passed health insurance reform bill. Key changes include:
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