Thursday, June 28, 2012

US Supreme Court upholds Affordable Healthcare Act



Remarks from President Obama on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Healthcare Act.

The Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's health care law is complicated, just like the law itself. Today the court said the law is mostly constitutional. Here is what it means for you:

- You have to buy health insurance or be subject to a tax

- If you are under 26, you can get health insurance from the plan your parents use.

- If you're on Medicare, you can get free mammograms.

- If you have what's called a pre-existing condition, you can get health insurance.

- Insurance companies can't deny you coverage even if you get sick and make a mistake on your health insurance application.

Human Rights Campaign issued this statement:
The Supreme Court’s decision means millions of Americans – including many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families – will be better served by our nation’s healthcare system. The Affordable Care Act addresses a number of the barriers LGBT people face in obtaining health insurance, from financial barriers to obtaining affordable coverage to discrimination by insurance carriers and healthcare providers. While there is a great deal more that must be done to ensure that the health needs of all LGBT people are fully met throughout the healthcare system, today’s decision is an important victory in the fight for healthcare equality.

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