by Dr. Norma Goodwin, President,Health Power
Many opponents of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare”, who were already committed to its defeat, are using the rocky enrollment start to: (a) poison public opinion about Obamacare, (b) continue efforts to reverse it, although it’s settled law, and (c) discourage potential enrollees. Following are 10 Health Power messages at www.healthpowerforminorities.com to combat the widespread and unyielding political opposition to Obamacare.
1. The high level of opposition by political opponents suggests their concern that it will ultimately become widely appreciated nationally.
2. The Act provides major health care benefits, plus multiple health insurance options. See Health Power’s one-page 10 Simply Stated Features of Obamacare at www.healthpowerforminorities.com
3. While the Obamacareroll-out has had major website related problems, there were also major problems with the start-up of the Medicare program, Social Security, the Massachusetts health care reform program, which was the basic model for Obamacare, and with the Medicare prescription drug program.
4. The failure of 17 states to cooperate by either (a) not establishing a state run Medical Exchange, or Marketplace, and/or (b) not expanding their state Medicaid programs. placed a much greater workload on the federal government than expected.
5. The main reason the cooperating states are having much more success with their roll-outs than the federal government is due largely to the much broader scope, and thus technical and managerial requirements of the federal program, involving more than 20 states.
6. In the states that won’t expand their Medicaid Programs, many poor individuals will be denied access to care under the Affordable Care Act, and are not poor enough to qualify under the old Medicaid regulations.
7. State policies and actions of the uncooperative states need active and ongoing advocacy for full cooperation, and close and ongoing monitoring for indicated changes
8. Like all national laws, ‘Obama Care’ can be revised,if and as indicated, through the regular legislative process.
9. Before the Affordable Care Act became a national law, health insurance companies that gave individual policies cancelled them whenever they decided to.
10. Now, however, for their convenience many insurance companies are cancelling individual policies and stating that they are doing so because of Obamacare requirements, These statements are misleading because the cancellations are due to their inability or unwillingness to meet the preventive and medical care requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
it’s very important at this critical time for the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare that its supporters speak out actively, and where helpful, use the above HealthPower messages for assistance.
Remember: Knowledge + Action = Power! ®
Norma J. Goodwin, MD
Founder, President & CEO