Seven Ways Obama Changed Healthcare

On the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court is hearing legal arguments to repeal the president’s health care reform plan.  The Affordable Care Act that was signed by President Obama in 2010 provides much needed basic health care services without paying out of pocket expenses.

While the legality of the law is being challenged and GOP candidates Romney and Santorum are arguing over who can repeal the law, it is important to remember how the Affordable Care Act has improved the lives of millions of Americans.

Because of the Affordable Care Act:

  • 2.5 million more young adults have health insurance on their parent’s plan.
  • 5.1 million people with Medicare saved an average of $635 on the cost of their prescription drugs. And everyone on Medicare can get preventive services like mammograms for free.
  • Insurance companies must spend at least 80 percent of your premium dollars on health care and not overhead and cannot raise your premiums by 10 percent or more with no accountability.
  • It is illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition. And in 2014, discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition will be illegal.
  • Free services for children now include regular checkups, vision and hearing screening, and immunizations.
  • Free services that cover women include mammograms, colon cancer screenings, HPV vaccinations, flu shots, blood pressure screening, STD and HIV testing.
  • For men, free coverage includes colon cancer screenings, blood pressure screening, STD and HIV testing, and flu shots, among other services.

We refuse to call it Obamacare. If anything call it UScares. It makes sense for the world’s great democracy to be compassionate and smart when it comes to the basic medical and health needs of millions of its citizens. Thank goodness President Obama and the majority of Congress, led by then Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, didn’t forget the needs of America’s neediest.

Call it what you will but don’t ignore the need no matter the rhetoric


  1. Yes. This is a lot better than before. But I still feel it’s incomplete. Why is it so hard to see that universal healthcare for ALL Americans would cost less, be more efficient and make this country a better place?

    • Burroughston Broch says:

      @ swandiver
      Check out what’s been happening with the UK’s National Health Service and you should be able to answer your own question. Hard to be more low cost and efficient than that.
      The National Health Service shows in detail everything that is wrong with universal healthcare.
      And yes, I have experienced it as a patient.

      • Lola Getz says:

        I too have experienced treatment under the NHS — for nearly 26 years, which is the length of time that I’ve lived in the UK after emigrating from Atlanta. Not sure what your problem with it is, but for me it’s been a godsend. I love, love, love the NHS. It’s nice to be able to sleep at night without worrying about unaffordable insurance premiums or the prospect of being denied insurance coverage for whatever reason. If I’m sick, I phone my GP and have never had to wait more than a few days for an appointment. The very few times I’ve needed to see a specialist, I’ve waited no longer than a few weeks (those lengthy waiting lists the Republicans like to talk about are for non-urgent treatment and the length of waiting time is greatly exaggerated). Prescriptions are free for pregnant women, the elderly and the under-16s, and £7.40 (about $11.75) for everyone else, no matter what the prescription is for. I spent 7 weeks in the hospital during a difficult pregnancy with my youngest child, and we didn’t have to pay a penny towards it. My GP even makes house calls.

        Sure, we pay taxes to fund the NHS, but the amount of tax we pay is far less than what we’d pay for medical coverage in the States. I can’t say enough good things about it. In fact, one of the reasons my husband and I decided not to return to the USA to live is the issue of healthcare. We’re not willing to give up the NHS.

        Also, no British politician would seriously suggest doing away with the National Health Service — they all know that would be a career killer.

        • Burroughston Broch says:

          My experience was to spend an entire day at an A+E ward in Grimsby with an ear infection, only to be told to come back the next day because staff was busy and the doctor who should see me was leaving. After waiting most of the next day, I finally saw the doctor who told me that I should have come in sooner because my ear drum had just burst. My hearing has never recovered. I can assure you that this lack of response never happened to me in the US.

          All of my many UK cousins who can afford private health insurance have it. One cousin in Orkney waited 2 years for a knee replacement, and only got it then because the three people ahead of him on the list died.

          As far as the current state of the NHS, one only need watch the BBC for its many failings, wards shut down because of MRSA, etc. The BBC is an NHS advocate, as they are of all things pro-Labour, but they must report at least some of the problems lest they run into more political trouble. The tabloids probably provide more even coverage.

      • I think if each state had their own Health care reform plan there still would have to be gerinalezed rules/procedures for all across the states. Otherwise you would have people moving to other states to get into the best plan they thought fit their families particular health needs and fiances. (thus where the follow-up question you asked comes in)So in that aspect I don’t think it would work as efficient as having a Government plan where it is the same across the whole US.ORMaybe there should be some type of Healthcare reform where it is mandated strictly for the Health Insurances carriers that we already have. It seems they should be regulated more on making affordable pay scales for various types of income with better and more flexible coverage and payment plans. Private Insurance carriers are owned by individuals and corporations, they are in the business to make money as that is their business just like any other business they want to make a profit. It is not about healthcare it is a business nothing more and nothing less. In otherwords make it more structured and competitive so that new Insurance carriers can come into the market thus giving more options on carriers for everyone in all types of income levels. Right now it is very limited to only a handfull of carriers that own the whole Healthcare Insurance Industry so yes in CONTROL of your health. They can and do deny procedures and healthcare services all the time this is nothing new.Health care cost would have to be regulated also as of now the sky is the limit on what they charge. If you have insurance they charge the Insurance company about 40% sometimes up to 70% less then what they charge a person who has no insurance for the same procedure. I know this as fact as a clinic once explained it to me and how it works if you have insurance and those that do not. They explained this to me in detail when they asked if I had insurance and I asked what does it matter if I do or if I don’t as long as I pay the fees.So maybe if the Private insurance carriers and healthcare facilities, Pharmacies etc. had certain rules and payscales to follow then it might work otherwise I do not see it working if it was strickly state by state.The healtcare system is not working the way it is now and is out of control, this I think everyone can agree on, that something indeed needs to be done.

    • Because they have fallen for the lies and half tturhs of the right.It surprises me that so many Americans seem not to be aware about Obama’s healthcare plans [a]. During the election, he campaigned for these changes stating that he felt it was unfair to have a system where insurance companies try to escape paying claims and was elected to bring in changes [b].First of all, too many people do not know that Obama wants to make insurance more available to all. His system is similar to that which works in Holland, Taiwan [c] and Switzerland. It works there and private healthcare companies provide most the insurance to the people there.FACT the USA spends more on healthcare PER PERSON than any other nation on the planet [d].FACT – insurance companies admit that they push up costs, buy politicians and do not pay out for many claims when they should [e].FACT the US has higher death rates for kids aged under five than western European countries with universal health coverage [f].That means that a dead American four year old would have had a better chance of life if they were born in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Cuba, Switzerland, Germany, Japan etc, all of which have universal health coverage. And no western European nation with universal healthcare has moved away from it. And the sad thing is, that the insurance companies have spent loads of money to fight these reforms [g] and loads of politicians are taking the thirty pieces of silver from them to fight the reforms, rather than fight for the health of the American people.Remember, I back my facts up with evidence. Those who say they are wrong tend not to. If they are wrong, e-mail me with proof and let me know.