2010 US Health Care Reform Summary

After the historic healthcare reform passed the US Congress...
Here's a summary.


1. Once reform is fully implemented, over 95% of Americans will have
health insurance coverage, including 32 million who are currently

2. Health insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny people
coverage because of preexisting conditions--or to drop coverage when
people become sick.3

3. Just like members of Congress, individuals and small businesses who
can't afford to purchase insurance on their own will be able to pool
together and choose from a variety of competing plans with lower

4. Reform will cut the federal budget deficit by $138 billion over the
next ten years, and a whopping $1.2 trillion in the following ten years.5

5. Health care will be more affordable for families and small businesses
thanks to new tax credits, subsidies, and other assistance--paid for
largely by taxing insurance companies, drug companies, and the very
wealthiest Americans.6

6. Seniors on Medicare will pay less for their prescription drugs because
the legislation closes the "donut hole" gap in existing coverage.7

7. By reducing health care costs for employers, reform will create or save
more than 2.5 million jobs over the next decade.8

8. Medicaid will be expanded to offer health insurance coverage to an
additional 16 million low-income people.9

9. Instead of losing coverage after they leave home or graduate from
college, young adults will be able to remain on their families' insurance
plans until age 26.10

10. Community health centers would receive an additional $11 billion,
doubling the number of patients who can be treated regardless of their
insurance or ability to pay.11


1. Final vote results on motion to concur in Senate amendments to the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Clerk of the U.S. House of
Representatives, March 21, 2010

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11. "Affordable Health Care for America: Summary," House
Energy and Commerce Committee, March 18, 2010

4. "Insurance Companies Prosper, Families Suffer: Our Broken Health
Insurance System," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Accessed
March 22, 2010

5. "Affordable Health Care for America: Health Insurance Reform at a
Glance: Revenue Provisions," House Energy and Commerce Committee, March
18, 2010

8. "New Jobs Through Better Health Care," Center for American Progress,
January 8, 2010

9, 10. "Proposed Changes in the Final Health Care Bill," The New York
Times, March 22, 2010

11. "Affordable Health Care for America: Health Insurance Reform at a
Glance: Addressing Health and Health Care Disparities," House Energy and
Commerce Committee, March 20, 2010

From email Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 Subject: What Rep. Ellison voted for