The American election is over and Obama will continue in his presidency for another 4 years. So, what is he doing for American health care?
According to his website,President Obama is:
Ending insurance company abuses
- The Affordable Care Act is holding insurance companies accountable, putting an end to the worst abuses, such as capping or dropping your coverage when you get sick.
In March 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, this put in place comprehensive reforms that improve access to affordable health care for all Americans and protect people from abusive insurance company practices. The law allows all Americans to make their own health insurance choices while also guaranteeing access to care for the countries most vulnerable people. The Act provides ways to bring down health costs and improve the quality of care. Young adults under the age of 26 are also allowed to be kept under their parents insurance policies.
- The Affordable Care Act is helping people with Medicare save on the care they need to stay healthy—from free preventive services to lower costs on prescription drugs and monthly premiums.
Putting women in control of their health
- President Obama is putting an end to the health insurance company practice of charging women more than men for the same coverage.
Since the health care law passed, more than 20 million American women have received preventive care without co-pays. Meaning affordable access to birth control, cancer screenings, and smear tests. The law ends discrimination based on “pre-existing conditions,” such as breast cancer and pregnancy. It also guarantees that insurance companies will no longer be allowed to charge women higher rates than men.
According to http://www.womenarewatching.org , Obama has recently required an employer’s health insurer to provide birth control coverage without co-pay. Considering the fact that American women spend up to $600 dollars a year on birth control, and over a third of the female voters have found it difficult to afford birth control at some point in their lives, this was an important step in protecting access to basic, preventive care.