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February 23, 2012 - The Denver Post
Decisions about our health care are too personal and important to be left to insurance companies. The Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare, is putting all of us back in the driver's seat when it comes to our own health care. While full implementation of reform is being phased in over several years, health care reform has already helped hundreds of thousands of Coloradans access the health care they need.
December 14, 2011 - SanLuisValleyHealth.org
Check out the game of Obamacare: life in 2014, a new online game Spin the wheel and advance through life. As you do, make those important decisions about college, work and family.
December 14, 2011 - MomsRising.org
Today, I am writing to tell you that we launched an exciting new feature on our website, the Game of Obamacare! As you spin the wheel to advance through life, you’ll be asked to make important decisions about college, work and family. But watch out, there are twists and turns all along the way. What happens when your kid gets sick or you lose your job? Play the game to find out. Just like in life, the better your choices, the happier you’ll be.
December 14, 2011 - The Hill
Supporters of President Obama’s healthcare launched an online game Wednesday to highlight the law’s provisions.
December 12, 2011 - Huffington Post
This holiday season you may be surprised to find some gifts from the Affordable Care Act (aka health reform) in your stocking. I say "surprised" because a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that the American public still doesn't know what is in the health reform law and what is not.
If you haven't been sick this year or are not included in the following categories of people who are benefiting from health reform, it makes sense that you won't have paid much attention. You may not experience concrete benefits until it is fully implemented in 2014. But just in case you know someone in these categories, here's the list of health reform "gifts" available this year (see my blog on the Health Insurance Resource Center for more details):
December 12, 2011 - Huffington Post
In 2009 and 2010, America was deeply divided over President Obama's health care reform legislation. As a member of Congress, I held a lot of events throughout my district and spoke with thousands of my constituents to get their thoughts on this historic bill. I'm sure everyone remembers the pundits on TV shouting at each other, the raucous town hall videos and of course, the rise of the Tea Party dominating the headlines.
Sadly there was a lot of distortion and fear being manufactured by the Republicans. It seemed that almost overnight new Tea Party organizations, founded in fear and funded by the Koch Brothers, arrived on the scene to make false accusations against President Obama and health care reform. Not concerned with getting their facts straight, they said that the bill would kick people off of their current healthcare, they said we were going to take over people's bank accounts, and they even said that we were going to set up special death panels to ration health care.
Now, nearly a year and a half later, Americans are getting a clear picture of how health insurance reform positively affects their lives. It means that young people can stay on their parent's insurance policy until they are 26. It means that people won't be denied care based on preexisting conditions. And it means that seniors who receive Medicare, who have fallen through the cracks for far too long, can get out of the doughnut hole.
December 07, 2011 - USA Today
WASHINGTON – More than 2.65 million Medicare recipients have saved more than $1.5 billion on their prescriptions this year, a $569-per-person average, while premiums have remained stable, the government plans to announce today.
That's because of the provision of the health care law that put a 50% discount on prescription drugs in the "doughnut hole," the gap between traditional and catastrophic coverage in the drug benefit, also known as Part D.
December 07, 2011 - The New Republic
Imagine that 2.65 million senior citizens just saved a few hundred dollars each on their prescription drug costs, thanks to a new government program. And imagine that it’s not just any seniors: It’s seniors with serious medical conditions and who need financial protection the most.
Isn’t that worth noting? Shouldn’t the law, and its sponsors, get some credit for that? Yes. And yes.
Under the terms of the Affordable Care Act – yes, Obamacare – pharmaceutical companies provide a 50 percent discount on name-brand drugs for seniors who hit the "donut hole." The donut hole is the gap in coverage that begins once a individual Medicare beneficiary has purchased $2,840 in drugs over the course of a year. At that point, the beneficiary becomes completely responsible for prescription costs – in other words, he or she has to pay for them out of his pocket – until he or she has spent another $3,600.
December 07, 2011 - Bloomberg
Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama's administration says the health-care overhaul he championed has this year saved Medicare recipients an average of $569 a person in drug costs.
About 2.65 million people ages 65 and older have spent about $1.5 billion less on prescription drugs under a discount program on medicines created by the law signed in March 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said today in a statement. About 24 million beneficiaries in Medicare, the U.S. health program for the elderly and disabled, also had taken advantage of the law's requirement for free preventive care, such as an annual checkup, during the first 11 months of the year, the agency said.
December 07, 2011 - Detroit Free Press
WASHINGTON – The White House says the health care reform law passed in early 2010 has saved thousands of Michiganders on Medicare more than $33-million total on their prescription drugs – an average of about $556 per person.
President Barack Obama’s administration put out a report today revealing that discounts on brand-name drugs for people who fall between the initial limit and the higher, catastophic care level – also known as the Part D “donut hole” – have saved 2.7 million Medicare recipients more than $1.5-billion nationwide. In Michigan, the report said, 60,904 Medicare recipients saw discounts.
October 25, 2011 - Good Magazine
It's safe to say the word "Obamacare" has a negative connotation, given how it's been thrown around on the Senate floor, in campaign videos, and during GOP debates. But a new campaign called "Thanks Obamacare!" seeks to wrest the term back from conservatives. Run by two progressive Colorado organizations, the website features a top-10 list of good things about the Affordable Care Act, along with a lively video and a handy timeline.
October 24, 2011 - NPR
Some defenders of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have decided that if you can't beat them, join them, at least when it comes to the term "Obamacare" so often used as an epithet by the new law's opponents.
A couple of progressive groups in Colorado have launched a campaign called "Thanks Obamacare" to focus attention on provisions of the law they believe should be widely hailed.
October 24, 2011 - Denver Post
But liberal groups in Colorado are now embracing the term, effectively saying conservatives may have shot themselves in the foot by making the health care reform law synonymous with President Obama’s tenure in office.
October 24, 2011 - The Hill
Supporters of the healthcare reform law launched a new campaign Monday to reclaim the term “Obamacare” and highlight the law’s benefits.
Two Colorado-based groups created the website “Thanks, Obamacare,” which outlines provisions such as the ban on insurers discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. There’s also a “Thanks, Obamacare” Twitter account.
October 24, 2011 - Washington Post
In the political conversation about health-care reform, the term “Obamacare” is almost always used as a pejorative, hurled at the law in long floor speeches and short political ads deriding the Affordable Care Act.
Now, health reform’s staunchest supporters want to change that. Today, two Colorado-based groups are launching “Thanks Obamacare!,” a new site and campaign to promote the health reform law.
October 23, 2011 - Summit Daily News
A health care discussion on the Affordable Care Act and on a proposed Colorado Health Care Cooperative, led by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, will take place Nov. 4.
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