Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"Although Republican lawmakers did all they could to derail health care reform (including using the abortion issue as a political football) the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act finally passed after a grueling process of deal making and compromises...
it is an important advancement that 32 million low- and moderate-income people who were previously uninsured or under-insured will have access to affordable insurance. The new law will expand Medicaid eligibility; provide government subsidies to moderate-income individuals and families who cannot afford premiums; make tax credits available to small businesses as well as exchanges where they can find affordable policies; and improve Medicare financing and the prescription drug benefit. Equally important is the allocation of $11 billion more for professional training and doubling the number of community health centers. Soon, high-risk insurance pools will be available to persons with pre-existing health conditions who have been denied coverage, and parents may keep adult children on their family plans until age 26.
Additional good news: insurance companies will no longer be permitted to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions or because of health conditions arising from domestic violence. Maternity coverage may not be excluded, and screenings and preventive wellness measures are guaranteed with no cost sharing. The new law also contains an anti-discrimination clause that prohibits insurance companies from refusing coverage on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, disability and other factors.
These advantages came at a steep price: a sweeping anti-abortion provision, punitive anti-immigrant provisions, continued discrimination on the basis of age, and abandonment of a meaningful public option or other pathway to a single-payer system."
"Women Pay Steep Price for Benefits of Health Care Reform," www.now.org, Spring 2010
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"NOW is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States...
Founded in 1966 by a small but determined group of women's rights advocates, NOW has more than 500,000 contributing members and hundreds of chapters across the U.S. NOW members are the heart, soul and muscle behind the group. They elect leaders, set policy and determine our agenda. NOW's vast and diverse membership gives us clout in the government, media and the public eye. By speaking out and taking action, NOW activists make change happen at the local, state and national level. Because we don't rely on foundation or corporate dollars, NOW's work for equality and justice is made possible by membership dues, individual donations and volunteer hours."
"About NOW," www.now.org (accessed Sep. 10, 2010)
"Our purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in society — sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination."