Obama's 2008 promises: kept or broken?
"Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American." PARTIALLY KEPT
Mr. Obama passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which will help make health care accessible for millions of more Americans through the expansion of Medicaid and new government subsidies. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office revised its estimates after the Supreme Court ruling on the health care law and now projects that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), "in comparison with prior law before the enactment of the ACA, will reduce the number of nonelderly people without health insurance coverage by 14 million in 2014 and by 29 million or 30 million in the latter part of the coming decade."
While not "every single American" will have insurance, the CBO projects that by 2016, 92 percent of nonelderly residents will have insurance.
"If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums." BROKEN
So far, premiums for those who already have health insurance have gone up during Mr. Obama's presidency.
The nonpartisan, nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation reported in September 2011, "After several years of relatively modest premium increases, annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage increased to $15,073 this year, up 9 percent from last year."
"If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves." KEPT
The Affordable Care Act requires members of Congress to purchase health insurance plans either created directly by the new law or as part of the health insurance exchanges that are expected to be set up by 2014 -- the same exchanges through which many Americans would acquire insurance.
"And -- and as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most." KEPT
The Affordable Care Act does prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.
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