President Obama believes affordable health insurance you can rely on is part of the middle-class bargain. Americans who work hard and pay their premiums should have the security that comes with good health care. The President will continue to stand up to those working to take away the benefits and protections that are already helping millions of Americans every day.

Expanding coverage

President Obama’s record on access to health care

Under President Obama’s new health care law, for the first time, insurance companies cannot deny coverage to Pennsylvanian children with pre-existing conditions. Starting in 2014, insurers will not be able to deny coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition.  [CNN, 9/23/10]

 

An estimated 91,000 uninsured young adults in Pennsylvania have already gained coverage through their parents’ health care plans, thanks to President Obama’s new health care law. [HealthCare.gov, 06/19/12]

Mitt Romney’s record on access to health care

Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal all of President Obama’s new health care law. [Romney op-ed, USA Today, 3/22/12]

 

Under Romney’s plan, insurance companies could continue to deny coverage to the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. [ABC News, 6/14/12]

 

Romney would not require insurance companies to keep young people on their family’s plans, so 91,000 young Pennsylvanians could lose their health insurance. [New York Times, 6/29/12; Toledo Blade, 7/17/12]

Expanding benefits

President Obama’s record on preventive care

Nearly 2.4 million Pennsylvanians now have expanded preventive care coverage because of President Obama’s new health care law. Insurance companies will now have to cover services like flu shots, colonoscopies, cholesterol screening and blood pressure screening, without cost-sharing. [Department of Health and Human Services, 02/12]

 

More than 915,000 Pennsylvania women now have expanded preventive care coverage because of President Obama’s new health care law. Insurance companies will now have to cover Pap smears and mammograms, and are beginning to cover screening for gestational diabetes and contraception, without cost-sharing. [Department of Health and Human Services, 02/12]

 

More than 580,000 Pennsylvania children now have expanded preventive care coverage because of President Obama’s new health care law. Insurance companies will now have to cover regular pediatrician visits, vision and hearing screening, developmental assessments, immunizations, and screening and counseling to address childhood obesity, without cost-sharing. [Department of Health and Human Services, 02/12]

Mitt Romney’s record on preventive care

By vowing to repeal President Obama’s new health care law in its entirety, Romney would cut back on preventive care benefits enjoyed by women, children and all Pennsylvanians.  [Romney op-ed, USA Today, 3/22/12]

Protecting Pennsylvanians from losing coverage

President Obama’s record on insurance company accountability

Because of President Obama’s new health care law, 4.6 million men, women and children in Pennsylvania alone no longer face lifetime limits on their health care benefits. Now their health care coverage will be there for them if they develop a serious illness or are in an accident. [Department of Health & Human Services, 03/12]

 

President Obama’s new health care law is closing the Medicare “doughnut hole” so seniors have better prescription drug coverage, which has already saved seniors in Pennsylvania an average of $645 per person on prescription drugs. [HealthCare.gov, 7/30/12]

Mitt Romney’s record on insurance company accountability

By repealing President Obama’s new health care law, Romney would allow insurance companies to restore lifetime limits on the amount of health care they cover. The 105 million Americans who had lifetime caps on coverage before passage of Obamacare would once again risk running out of coverage if they get sick. [Department of Health and Human Services, 03/2012]

 

Romney would end Medicare as we know it, creating a voucher system that shifts more costs to seniors. An analysis of a similar plan found that by 2022 a typical 65-year-old senior would pay $6,400 more out of pocket than they would under the current system. [New York Magazine, 7/19/12; Wall Street Journal, 11/4/11; Congressional Budget Office, 3/5/11]

Health care costs

President Obama’s record on health care costs

Thanks to President Obama’s new health care law, Pennsylvania families will save $2,000 on health care premiums by 2019. [Department of Health and Human Services, 1/28/2011]

 

Because of President Obama’s new health care law, insurance companies can no longer waste premiums on administrative costs and CEO bonuses. They must spend at least 80% of your premiums on care, and if they don’t meet those targets, they owe consumers a rebate. Because of the law, Pennsylvanians received $52 million in rebates this summer. [HealthCare.gov, 6/21/2012


About 31% of those buying coverage in the individual market and 28% of small businesses providing health insurance got a rebate. [Fox Business, 6/25/12]

Mitt Romney’s record on health care costs

By repealing President Obama’s new health care law, Romney would eliminate existing savings and increase the federal deficit by more than $100 billion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. [Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/12]