U.S President Barack Obama in all seriousness launched a promotion for the health care overhaul law of 2010 - to arrest criticism from Republicans about the costs and hiring.
"If you're one of the tens of millions who don't have health insurance, beginning this fall you'll finally be able to compare and buy quality, affordable private plans that work for you," he said at an event at the White House."If you've already got health insurance, this is just enhancement. And if you don't, you're going to be able to get it," he said.
AdvertisementPost Mothers day, he gave importance to the benefits women and all that the health care plan stood for. "Mothers are the number one validator for the young and uninsured and will be critical in the effort to encourage their kids to enroll for insurance in the fall," a White House official said.
Republicans feel the law will raise the costs of health care for all Americans and generate a mass of new regulations on businesses that will affect hiring."There are many women in their 20s and 30s who will be unable to afford the law's massive premium increases," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday. "And there are many mothers who won't be able to get by if their employers cut their hours due to Obamacare. Or if they lose their jobs because of it," the Kentucky Republican said.
Obama government plans to use the same strategies that helped the president win re-election in November. Their outreach efforts will be essential in the success of Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which aims to bring health insurance at subsidized rates to millions of uninsured Americans.Administration officials anticipate signing up 7 million people nationwide during an enrollment period that begins Oct. 1 and runs through the end of March.
They emphasize the need to enroll 2.7 million healthy young people - between ages 18 - 25.The White House on Thursday announced a US$150 million initiative to fund the hiring and training of thousands of workers who will go through community health centers to help people obtain insurance.They are facing a lot of resistance from the opposition as success of the program would be in favor of the Democrats during the mid-term elections in 2014.
The failure would benefit the Republicans for the elections. The White House aides fully believe that once people receive benefits from the expanded health reform the support and success would follow.
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Mark Felsenthal, May 2013