Obamacare Milestones on the Horizon

President Obama discusses upcoming policies that will have a "real meaning" to millions of Americans
3:55 | 08/17/13

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Hi everybody. Over the past few weeks I've been visiting with the Americans across the country to talk about what we need to do to secure a better bargain for middle class. We need to rebuild an economy that rewards hard work and responsible. An economy built firmly on the cornerstones. Of middle class life. Good jobs a good education home of your own a secure retirement and quality affordable health care -- there when you need. Right now we're well on our way to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act. In the next few months will reach a couple of milestones. With a real meaning for millions of Americans. If you're one of the 85% of Americans who already have insurance. You've already got new benefits and protections under this law that you didn't have before. Free checkups mammograms and contraceptive care discounted prescription medicine on Medicare. The fact that you can stay on your parents' plan until you turn point six. And much much more. And it's okay for not a fan of the Affordable Care Act you can take advantage of these things -- if you don't have insurance. Beginning on October 1 private plans will actually compete for your business. You can comparison shop in an online marketplace just like you -- for cellphone plans -- plane tickets. You may be eligible for new tax credits to help you -- the plan that's right for you. And if you're among the up to half of all Americans who've been sick or have a preexisting condition. This law means the beginning January 1 insurance companies have to -- you. And they can't use your medical history to charge you more than anybody else. You can find out more about the law and how to sign up to buy your own coverage right now -- health care -- -- Tell your friends and neighbors without insurance about it -- And tell your kids that there's a new easy way to buy affordable plans specifically tailored to young people. Many members of congress in both parties are working hard and -- their constituents about these benefits protections and affordable plans. But there's also a group of Republicans in congress working hard to confuse people. And making empty promises that they'll either shut down the health care law or if they don't get their way they'll shut down the government. Think about that. They're actually having a debate between hurting Americans who will no longer be denied affordable health care just because they've been -- And harming the economy and millions of Americans of the process. And many Republicans are more concerned with how badly this debate will hurt them politically. Than they are with how badly it'll hurt the country. Lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can come up the works and make this -- fail will somehow be sticking it to me but they just be sticking it to you. Some even say that if you called her office with questions about the law still refuse to help. Call me old fashioned but that's -- constituent service and it's not what you deserve your health insurance is something -- politics with. Our economy isn't something to play politics with this is not a game it's about the economic security of millions of families. -- in the states where governors and legislatures and insurers are working together to implement this law properly. States like California New York Colorado and Maryland. Competition and consumer choice are actually making insurance affordable. So I'm gonna keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as -- -- Because in the United States of America. Health insurance isn't a privilege. -- -- right. And we're gonna keep it that way. Thanks have a great weekend.

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