On Monday night, over 250 49th Ward residents jammed the Skyroom at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse to hear the facts about health insurance reform from U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and other leaders in the battle to reform our health care system.
As we've seen on TV over the past few weeks, the entrenched special interests are resorting to rumor-mongering and scare tactics in an effort to kill health insurance reform.
With rhetoric ramping up, it's more important than ever that we know the facts. If you weren't able to attend last night's meeting, or if you have more questions, we have a great new resource.
Click HERE to visit the "reality check" website launched earlier today by the White House. Through a series of videos, it answers critical questions and details the security and stability all Americans will have once we pass meaningful health insurance reform.
Below, you'll find a fact sheet, courtesy of our friends at the Wisconsin Democratic Party, which outlines eight key reasons why reform will benefit all Americans--even those who already have health insurance.
We know that the status quo is unsustainable, but we also know that meaningful change never comes easy. We hope you'll help deliver change by spreading the truth about health insurance reform to your family and friends.
49th Ward Democratic Party
Facts About Health Care Reform
Why we need reform:
Over 46 million Americans have no medical coverage at all; millions more are under-insured or fear losing coverage. If we continue on our current path health care costs will continue to soar and within the next decade one out of every five dollars will be spent on health care.
This is unacceptable, the system is broken and we cannot postpone meaningful reform any longer.
What's in it for you:
Your choice of doctors and plans will be protected; those that are happy with their current coverage can keep it or choose a new plan--including a public option.
everyone will benefit from eight protections that will ensure stability
and security for families across the country:
1. Coverage Regardless of Pre-Existing Conditions
Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing coverage because of medical history.
2. An End to Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductible and Co-Pays
Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses.
3. Full Coverage for Preventive Care
companies must fully cover--without charge--regular checkups and tests
that help prevent illness, including mammograms or eye and foot exams
4. No Dropped Coverage for the Seriously Ill
Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or lessening coverage for people who become seriously ill.
5. No Gender Discrimination
Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging people more because of their gender.
6. No Annual or Lifetime Caps on Coverage
Insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage people receive.
7. Extended Coverage for Young Adults
Children will be eligible for family coverage through the age of 26.
8. Guaranteed Insurance Renewal
Insurance companies will be required to renew a policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full. Insurance companies won't be allowed to refuse renewal if someone becomes sick.
"This isn't about politics. This is about people's lives.
This is about people's businesses. This is about our future."
-President Barack Obama