President Obama's health care reforms - which are taking place over a number of years - already are showing results. As Politico reports, the latest example is that health care has been extended to 2.5 million young people who didn't have coverage before the President's reforms - backed by the National Council of Churches and other faith groups - were passed:
President Obama’s health care reforms have allowed 2.5 million young adults to get medical coverage, according to a new analysis that the Obama administration is set to release Wednesday.
The Obama administration says the dramatic decrease in the number of uninsured young adults is due to the president’s signature health care reforms, reports the AP, which obtained a copy of the analysis.
“The increase in coverage among 19- to 25-year-olds can be directly attributed to the Affordable Care Act’s new dependent coverage provision,” said a draft report from the Health and Human Services Department.
Under the health care reforms, 19- to 25-year-olds can remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until they turn 26, a provision which went into effect last fall. Other provisions in the law to cover uninsured adults don’t kick in until 2014.
The drop in the number of uninsured young adults is 2 1/2 times larger than the decline indicated by previous estimates earlier this year, which showed about 1 million Americans in the age group had gained coverage, reports the wire service.
Health care is a moral issue. I'm deeply proud of President Obama and the members of Congress who voted for reform. Eventually over 30 million Americans will receive coverage. You hear a lot of politicians running for office today on the promise of repealing President Obama's health care reform plan. That would be a disaster for tens of millions of Americans and would add to our national deficit.
We cannot afford to move our nation backwards. The health of our people depends of defending President Obama's health care reforms. This shouldn't be a political issue. Afterall, many of the reforms passed by President Obama were based on ideas supported both by Mitt Romney and Ted Kennedy, and other political leaders of both parties.