The Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on whether key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are constitutional. This law ensures that all Americans can access the care they need at an affordable price.
Obamacare prevents health insurance companies from charging too much or denying coverage to those who pay for insurance but are suffering from painful and long-term “pre-existing conditions” such as heart disease or cancer. It allows people to pay into the health insurance system so that in case of emergency, they don’t have to tap into taxpayers’ wallets to pay for their recovery. And it levels the insurance playing field so that those who thought they couldn’t afford care now don’t have to choose between buying groceries and paying medical bills. Overturning Obamacare would leave insurance companies in charge of whether our fellow citizens can get the care they need or leave millions of Americans vulnerable to poverty or bankruptcy.
As the 32 million (and counting) Americans whose access to health insurance depends on the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare hold their breath, here’s a quick look at the top three reasons why the health care law should remain intact.
1. Millions of Americans under Obamacare have access to affordable quality care who wouldn’t otherwise be covered.