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February 23, 2012 - The Denver Post
Now that Obamacare is making preventive care available with no co-pays or cost-sharing, Coloradans can get advice they need to stay healthy and the screenings they need to halt a serious disease at an early, more treatable, and more affordable stage. Preventive care has given me the opportunity to live a long and full life; I urge every insured Coloradan to take advantage of this key benefit so you can, too.
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 15, 2011 - Denver Post
WASHINGTON—Young adults trying to get traction in a tough economy are getting a welcome assist: the new federal health care law has markedly improved their access to health insurance.
The number of young Americans ages 19-25 lacking health insurance has shrunk by 2.5 million since President Barack Obama's health care overhaul took effect, the administration announced in an analysis released Wednesday.
That drop is 2 1/2 times as large as the decline indicated by previous government and private estimates from earlier this year, which showed about 1 million had gained coverage.
December 15, 2011 - NPR
There's at least one group for whom the Affordable Care Act would appear to be a big success: young adults under age 26. They can now stay on their parents' health plans thanks to the law.
As many as 2.5 million young adults gained health insurance coverage between Sept. 30, 2010, when the provision took effect, and June 2011, says a study from the National Center for Health Statistics.
December 15, 2011 - The Wall Street Journal
About 2.5 million young adults have gained health-insurance coverage since the health-overhaul law let people stay on their parents' plan until they turn 26, according to government figures released Wednesday.
The results could help President Barack Obama's re-election campaign boost support among young voters, whose turnout figures to be crucial to his winning a second term. While the 2010 overhaul law remains unpopular with voters overall, the young-adult insurance extension has emerged as a rare selling point liked even by opponents of the law.
December 15, 2011 - CNN
Atlanta (CNN) -- About 2.5 million young people have received health insurance coverage as a result of health care reform measures that President Barack Obama signed into law last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.
The Obama administration trumpeted the figure as a sign that the controversial legislation is succeeding.
About 2.5 million more people, aged 19 to 25, have health insurance than had it before the law took effect because of a provision that lets young adults remain on their parents' insurance plans through age 26, the agency's National Center for Health Statistics said.
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.
November 16, 2011 - Westword
The term "Obamacare" was originally conceived by opponents of President Barack Obama's health-care reforms as a way of hanging what they saw as a political albatross around his neck. But now, a group of Colorado activists have embraced the word withThanksObamacare.org, a website that celebrates the legislation by way of features like a just-launched campaign seeking to expose the top ten myths surrounding it.
ThanksObamacare.org is a joint project of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) and ProgressNow Colorado Education, the 501(c)3 arm of ProgressNow Colorado; it debuted October 24, with the myths component launching this week. Serena Woods, CCHI's director of strategic engagement, stresses that the site is nonpartisan. It's about the law, she maintains, not about boosting its namesake's chances for reelection in 2012.
November 07, 2011 - Denver Post
When Americans talk about "Obamacare," it's personal for Katherine Archuleta, the Coloradan tapped to serve as political director for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
Her daughter, Graciela Gonzales, was diagnosed in 1999 with ovarian cancer. Gonzales, who attendsBrown University, will turn 23 next month.
Because of Obama's Affordable Care Act, she can stay on her parents' insurance until she turns 26. And starting in 2014, Gonzales can't be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
"She is the single most important reason I am doing what I am doing," Archuleta said. "My story is not an unusual story. People come to this campaign for personal reasons."
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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