Last updated on: 6/25/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“The passage of health insurance reform legislation represents a historic victory for the American people – a victory over the special interests that have fought for decades to prevent families and businesses from having control over their health care or the health care of their workers. The legislation will:

  • Rein in the worst excesses and abuses of the insurance industry with some of the toughest consumer protections this country has ever known.
  • Hold insurance companies accountable to keep premiums down and prevent denials of care and coverage, including for pre-existing conditions.
  • Make health insurance affordable for middle class families and small businesses with one of largest tax cuts for health care in history – reducing premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
  • Provide the security of knowing that if you lose your job, change your job, or start that new business, you’ll always be able to purchase quality, affordable care in a new competitive health insurance market that keeps costs down.
  • Strengthen Medicare benefits with lower prescription drug costs for those in the ‘donut hole,’ chronic care, free preventive care, and nearly a decade more of solvency for Medicare.
  • Improve our nation’s fiscal health by reducing our deficit by more than $100 billion over the next decade, and more than $1 trillion in the decade after that.”

“About,” healthreform.gov (accessed June 25, 2010)

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Description:

“The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.”

“HHS, What We Do,” www.hhs.gov (accessed June 28, 2010)

Mission:

“To enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services, and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.”

“HHS Annual Plan: FY 2007,” www.hhs.gov, 2007

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Quoted in:
  1. Will Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) benefits increase?
  2. Does Obamacare restrict insurance companies' profits?
  3. Will the health insurance exchanges benefit consumers?
  4. Will physicians' reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid increase?
  5. Will Obamacare lower taxes?
  6. Will lifetime or annual limits on coverage be eliminated?
  7. Will there be enough primary care physicians to meet the increased health care demand following passage of the PPACA?
  8. Can children up to age 26 remain on their parent's health insurance?
  9. Does Obamacare encourage health insurance competition?
  10. Will more people be eligible for Medicaid?
  11. Will Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D benefits increase?
  12. Can I get coverage despite having a pre-existing condition?
  13. Can I keep my current coverage?
  14. Is preventive care covered?
  15. Can I get coverage for my child with a pre-existing condition?
  16. Is Obamacare financially burdensome for businesses?
  17. Can my current insurance cancel my coverage if I get sick?