Affordable Care Act Helps and Heals Californians
I am not surprised that the House Republicans are ramping up to attack the Health Care bill passed in 2010. I get that after using lies and myths about the Health Care bill to get into office that on some level they have to follow through on their promises to repeal the bill. And I understand that their action on the Health Care bill lays the groundwork for the 2012 elections. I can even fathom that at least some of the GOP members attacking the bill, however misguided I believe them to be, truly think that the bill is flawed.
I don't think we can stop conservatives from attacking the bill. But I do think the time is now to show the true impacts and benefits of the bill and counter the hailstorm of lies and half-truths. In California, the numbers are pretty impressive. I was excited to find a site demonstrating just some of what is at stake in the fight to protect more accessible health care:
- 3,845,000 Californians can access care under the bill
- 775,800 small businesses in the State are eligible for tax credits because of the Affordable Care Act
- 7,192,000 families in California will receive a tax credit this year because of health care reform
These are just the tip of the iceberg. As I wrote when the bill turned 6 months old, Obama's Health Care bill isn't perfect. But allowing conservatives to use health care as a wedge issue to further demonize Obama will get us nowhere. And, in fact, the health and well-being of millions of poor and low-income Americans is at stake.
How do you plan to help turn the tide of the debate?