More bad news for House Speaker John Boehner, who thinks that the premium rate shock people are going to experience in the first few weeks of Obamacare enrollment will strengthen his hand in holding the debt ceiling hike hostage for a delay in Obamcare. Here's his problem: For more than six million people there won't be any rate shock, according to a new report that the Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday, obtained by USA Today.
"The health care law is making health insurance more affordable," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "With more than half of all uninsured Americans able to get coverage at $100 or less, the health care law is delivering the quality, affordable coverage people are looking for."
The 2010 health care law, also called the Affordable Care Act, requires Americans without health insurance from their employers, Medicare or Medicaid to buy insurance through websites called exchanges that were created for each state. The law also allowed states to expand coverage under Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income Americans.
A good source of information on the Affordable Care Act is Families USA's web site. They have quick fact sheets and detailed explanations of the different sections of the ACA. Check out their Health Reform Center online.
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