Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - the largest overhaul of America’s health care system since the 1960’s. Despite initial opposition, the Affordable Care Act continues to gain popularity as more provisions are implemented. Seniors and retirees are set to gain tremendous benefits from the new health law. For starters, the law will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in savings that will be used to improve their quality of care. Under the law, health insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny care to older Americans with pre-existing health conditions. Furthermore, Medicare beneficiaries will receive a free annual checkup and will no longer have to pay for preventative screenings. The law will also close the prescription drug doughnut hole, expand options for home-based care, provide early retirees with affordable health options, and protect the Medicare trust fund for years to come."
"Health Care Reform," www.retiredamericans.org (accessed Aug. 30,2010)
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"The Alliance for Retired Americans is a national organization [of] over 4 million primarily union retirees. The Alliance works to make senior voices heard on laws, policies, politics and institutions that shape their lives."
"Info," www.facebook.com/retiredamericans (accessed Aug. 30, 2010)
"The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security."
"About," www.retiredamericans.org (accessed Aug. 30, 2010)
501(c)(4) nonprofit membership organization
$6,613,152 (2008 expenses)
Barbara Easterling, President
# of Offices:
One (Washington, DC)
# of Staff:
State Alliances chartered in 30 States
Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund
American Federation of Laborers-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)
Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM)
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
International Association of Fire Fighters
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Union of Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)