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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Don't Turn Back The Clock On Health Care

Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius is adamantly against any GOP attempts to repeal President Obama's health care bill.

She writes in today's Chicago Tribune in an op-ed piece:

"Unless we want to take coverage away from cancer patients, reduce oversight for insurance companies, raise prescription drug costs for seniors, weaken Medicare, add $1 trillion to the deficit and undo dozens of other reforms that are improving health around the country, we can't afford repeal.

Repeal would also rip up the new Patient's Bill of Rights, which outlaws the worst abuses of health insurers. Thanks to the new law, insurance companies can no longer cancel your coverage without cause when you get sick. They may no longer put lifetime dollar limits on your benefits — limits that often meant your coverage was gone when you needed it most. And by 2014, most annual dollar limits on benefits will be a thing of the past."

Another notably positive of the bill ensures young adults can stay on their parents' insurance through their 26th birthday.

"That's what the Republicans are going to be proposing to repeal this week," Democratic representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz explained.

She thinks the GOP will be unsuccessful at their attempts to 'overhaul' the health care bill.

"It's not going to happen. If it's about jobs and the economy and reducing the deficit, wasting time and money and adding to the deficit by repealing health care reform or on the attempt is irresponsible.”

President Obama still has the power to veto any proposed GOP legislation.

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