Posted on October 12, 2012 by scjustice
Does the new health care law cover illegal immigrants? How does it affect those who are not U.S. citizens, but are living in the United States legally?
To get a better grip on Obama’s health care law and how it’s effect on both legal and illegal immigrants, Kaiser Health News answered the top five questions generated by the discussion of immigrants, their providers and the health care law.
The main point? The federal overhaul will help some immigrants who are not citizens gain insurance, but there are no provisions to help those who are in the country illegally.
To read the FAQ, check out http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/October/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx
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Posted on December 14, 2011 by scjustice
President Obama talks about the Affordable Care Act in Virginia earlier this week. He highlighted provisions, including requirements to let young adults stay on their parents’ insurance plans. (By Dennis Brack, Getty Images)
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
December 14, 2011
That drop is 2½ times as large as the drop indicated by previous government and private estimates from earlier this year, which showed about 1 million Americans ages 19-25 had gained coverage.
Administration officials said they now have more data. They say they’re also slicing the numbers more precisely than the government usually does, trying to pinpoint the impact of a popular provision in an otherwise politically divisive law.
Under the health overhaul, children can remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until they turn 26, and families have flocked to sign up young adults making the transition to work in a challenging economic environment. But the fate of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment remains uncertain, with the Supreme Court scheduled to hear a constitutional challenge next year, and Republican presidential candidates vowing to repeal it.
“The increase in coverage among 19- to 25-year-olds can be directly attributed to the Affordable Care Act’s new dependent coverage provision,” said a draft report from the Health and Human Services Department. “Initial gains from this policy have continued to grow as … students graduate from high school and college.” (more…)
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Posted on December 8, 2011 by scjustice
GOPers Who Were For It Before They Were Against It
By Juan Williams
12/05/11 05:15 AM ET
What do Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, have in common?
Long before President Obama, both supported an idea they now pretend to spurn — the idea of requiring people to buy health insurance.
As recently as 2009, Romney publicly supported, the “individual mandate” for buying health insurance. And as recently as last month one of Gingrich’s websites still endorsed the “mandate” for all Americans earning more than $50,000 annually.
Romney and Gingrich are not alone in their history of supporting the idea of a government requirement that everyone buy health insurance. As governor of Utah in 2007, Jon Huntsman endorsed a healthcare reform plan from the United Way of Salt Lake City that called for a mandate.
“I think if you’re going to get it done and get it done right, the mandate has to be part of it in some way, shape or form,” he said at the time.
Gingrich, Romney and Huntsman are wide open to charges of political hypocrisy.
They apparently feel the need to fake their outrage over the individual mandate to win the GOP nomination. In an age of outrageous political posturing — telling lies and daring anyone to call you on it — this is the strongest indicator of the current lack of leadership and honest political debate about major national problems.
And it is not even good politics. (more…)
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