As the House and the Senate work to compromise on the final revisions of the health care reform bill, President Obama spoke to America Saturday morning, promising immediate results from health care reform. He urged Congress to quickly come to a consensus on the bill even though the reform will not really take a huge effect for several years. The health care reform bill has some immediate effects and Obama wants to begin the process right away.
It remains to be seen which part of the reform will be in the final bill, the House or Senate approach, or possibly a combination of the two, writes Washington Post. Obama believes that when the final bill is finally signed and becomes law, the following benefits will ensue for the American people:
“Uninsured Americans with a pre-existing illness or condition will finally be able to purchase coverage they can afford. Children with pre-existing conditions will no longer be refused coverage, and young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ policy until they’re 26 or 27 years old. Small business owners who can’t afford to cover their employees will be immediately offered tax credits to purchase coverage. Early retirees who receive coverage from their employers will see their coverage protected and their premiums go down. Seniors who fall into the coverage gap, known as the donut hole will receive discounts of up to 50 percent on their prescriptions as we begin to close that gap altogether. And every patient’s choice of doctor will be protected, along with access to emergency care.”
One of the issues that President Obama discussed would be immediate from the health care reform bill was that insurance companies will be required to provide preventive care without charge. Obama states that preventive care is important because “we can start catching preventable illnesses and diseases on the front end.” This may lead to significant changes in the health care system.
Obama will begin working with top labor leaders at the White House on Monday to discuss their opposition to the imposed tax on top-shelf insurance plans. This option of the health care reform was an approach by the Senate. The House opposes this measure. However, it may be more cost effective in the long run.
Obama ends his address on Saturday by stating that the health care reform bill was needed in order to improve the economic situation for the nation’s middle class. The health system overhaul will be the largest change health care in America has seen in four decades.