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Final Health Care Bill Passes House with Shea-Porter Support Print

March 21, 2010

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed historic health care legislation that will lower costs, expand coverage, and reduce our nation’s deficit.  According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the bill will reduce the deficit by $143 billion in the first ten years. The bill will now go to the President’s desk for signature. 

“I voted for this legislation because it will lower costs for middle class families, expand coverage to 95% of Americans, and reduce the deficit by $143 billion in the first 10 years,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “It also ends discrimination against people who have preexisting conditions, strengthens Medicare solvency, and allows the 30% of young Americans who do not have insurance to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26.

“There have been a lot of misconceptions about this bill, and I would like to set the record straight.  If you like your coverage, you can keep it.  If you have Medicare or TRICARE, you will keep it.  If you have insurance through your employer, you will keep it.  This legislation will improve coverage and lower costs for people who already have insurance, and it will provide access to affordable coverage for those who don’t.  This legislation will also help families avoid financial ruin because someone happens to get sick. And it will help protect seniors by closing the Medicare donut hole. 

“Nearly 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt first spoke about the need for universal health care.  Since then, members of both parties have worked to make health care a right, not a privilege.  I was proud to vote for this bill, which I know will provide great benefits to New Hampshire families.”

Shea-Porter spoke on the floor of the House Sunday afternoon in support of the bill. Click here to watch her remarks.

Here are some of the benefits the 650,000 New Hampshire residents of the First Congressional District will see from this reform.  This bill will:
  
• Improve coverage for 466,000 residents with health insurance.

• Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 128,000 families and 17,700 small businesses to help them afford coverage.

• Improve Medicare for 102,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.

• Extend coverage to 30,500 uninsured residents.

• Guarantee that 8,900 residents with preexisting conditions can obtain coverage.

• Protect 900 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.

• Allow 49,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans.

• Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 38 community health centers.

• Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $35 million annually.

This bill was endorsed by more than 360 leading health advocacy groups including the AARP, the American Medical Association, Alliance for Children and Families, Alliance for Retired Americans, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Cancer Research, American Association of People with Disabilities, American Association on Health and Disability, American College of Physicians, American Council of the Blind, American Diabetes Association, American Federation of Government Employees, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Group Psychiatric Association, American Heart Association, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Autism National Committee, Autism Society of America, Brain Injury Association of America, Cancer Action Network, Catholic Health Association,  Center for Rural Affairs, Children's Defense Fund, Colon Cancer Alliance, College of American Pathologists, Consumer Action, Consumers Union, Doctors for America, Easter Seals, Families USA, Federation of American Hospitals, HIV Medicine Association, LIVESTRONG, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, National Association of Children’s Hospitals, National Association of Community Health Centers, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, National Breast Cancer Coalition, National Cervical Cancer Coalition, National Council on Aging, National Disability Rights Network, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Women & Families, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, United Steel Workers, VetsFirst.

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