After a year of debate, bipartisan posturing and bickering, the most sweeping social legislation in 4 decades was signed into law March 23: health insurance reform legislation.
The White House said the new legislation will make health insurance affordable for middle class and small businesses while reducing premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
The government also said insurance companies will be accountable to keep premiums down and prevent denials of care and coverage, including for pre-existing conditions.
Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has fought to reform health insurance, citing without insurance reform, U.S. healthcare spending was expected to increase for the next decade reaching $4.3 trillion in 2017. Meanwhile, 47 million Americans don’t have health insurance.
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