The Tea Party made a name for itself by bashing The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and calling it Obamacare. As time has passed since President Obama signed The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law on March 30, 2010, it is becoming obvious to more Americans that PPACA is a great benefit to many Americans. However, the Obama Administration has embraced the word “Obamacare” and considers it a positive word.
The importance of Obamacare has especially come into view as the United States Supreme Court will be issuing its long-awaited opinion on the PPACA. Ironically, the United States Supreme Court has shined a light on the great benefits of the law.
Ask Texan Sam Lovett. According to David Morgan of Reuters, Mr. Lovett had no health insurance in August 2010 when an emergency hospital stay brought the news from his doctors that his liver was failing and he could die within less than a year without a transplant. Lovett did not have health coverage at his job because the small distribution where he worked didn’t offer it to employees.
Though he had the resources to cover routine medical bills, he now needed a $400,000 organ transplant and no doctor or clinic would take him without insurance.
“They were making arrangements to send me to a hospice. One doctor flatly told me that I had a better chance of leaving the hospital dead than alive,” said Lovett, who had a history of alcoholism and obesity.
But in the months that followed, Lovett was able to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The program was created by the health care law that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, signed in March 2010 despite the united opposition of Republicans in Congress. The program paid for Lovett’s transplant surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix last December.
Lovett’s view is that the United States Supreme Court’s ruling will impact people’s lives. Overturning the law is a matter of life and death for many Americans. In a very real way as he tells Reuters, that in effect, the court will become a sort of “death panel.”
“Without this, you’re going to die,” Lovett said in an interview arranged by the Consumers Union organization, which supports the law. “From my perspective, that’s what the Supreme Court will sanction, or not – whether people will be allowed to die because they can’t get insurance.”
Helen Berger of Boise, Idaho, is worried too. Helen hopes affordable medical coverage will become available once the state insurance exchanges are launched as scheduled under the Obama law in 2014. Helen, 55, and Russ Berger, 57, are going without coverage until he can find another job or a charitable health clinic.
“If anything happens between now and then, we’re kind of in a bad place,” she said.
Her state, Idaho, is among those challenging the law. But the Bergers are hopeful.
These are just a few examples of the millions of Americans that will benefit from Obamacare. They hope that the United States Supreme Court is listening. Although many Republicans say they would keep some of the current law, provisions such as a ban against denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, many Americans are not counting it. The Tea Party has driven the old Republican Party to the far right. Mitt Romney is running on the far right too, although indications are he is trying to move back to the center
Given the extreme right rhetoric of the Tea Party types, Sam Lovett, Helen Berger, and They are worried that if the United State Supreme Court does the wrong thing, it could be a death sentence for health care coverage for all.
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