Addendum to Speaker Boehner’s Memo to House GOP

Today, Speaker Boehner issued a missive to the House GOP declaring:

“No one knows what the Court will decide, and none of us would presume to know.  But if the Court strikes down all or part of the president’s health care law, there will be no spiking of the ball. Republicans are focused on the economy…”

It is a sad day when Republicans continue to cheer against the health benefits Americans are already enjoying, while running out the clock on the economy and pursuing policies that are dangerous to a thriving middle class.  No one, except perhaps House Republicans, actually believes they “are focused on the economy.”

Health care reform is not a game for the American people – here are the facts:

Because of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Americans are already seeing lower costs and better coverage -

Nearly 13 million Americans will benefit from $1.1 billion in rebates from insurance companies this summer.

54 million Americans in private plans have received one or more free preventive services.

In addition, in 2011, 32.5 million seniors received one or more free preventive services.  So far in 2012, 14 million seniors have already received these services.

105 million Americans no longer have a lifetime limit on their coverage.

Up to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by insurers.

6.6 million young adults up to age 26 have taken advantage of the law to obtain health insurance through their parents’ plan, of whom 3.1 million would be uninsured without this coverage.

5.1 million seniors in the ‘donut hole’ have saved $3.2 billion on their prescription drugs, an average of $635 per senior.

In 2011, 2.3 million seniors had a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare.  So far in 2012, 1.1 million seniors have already had this free visit.

In 2011, 360,000 small employers used the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit to help them afford health insurance for 2 million workers.

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