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Affordable Care Act - Will Promises Become Reality?

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The White House is actively engaging the public in the implementation phase of the Affordable Care Act. As a subscriber to their mailing list, I received an e-mail today from Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director, Office of Health Reform.

Below are the contents of the email from Ms. DeParle; I have also included analysis and comments for each section where appropriate using the same source material as the Office of Health Reform. Comments in italics are my own.

Saving Money and Giving Seniors Better Benefits
August 2, 2010
A report released today confirms that the Affordable Care Act is on track to save money and strengthen the Medicare program. New provisions under the law and the Administration's ongoing efforts will save $8 billion within the next two years and $575 billion within 10 years.

The Figure below shows an analysis from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services comparing spending with and without reform. Will these spending rates hold through the current fiscal crisis through the next decade?

Medicare Spending With and Without Reform
Medicare Spending With and Without Reform
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Source: Analysis based on data from the CMS Office of the Actuary's April 22, 2010 Memo

Ensuring Women Get the Care They Need and Deserve
August 2, 2010
No matter who you are, the Affordable Care Act will help make your health care better. But we know that women in particular suffered under the old health care system and will especially benefit from the important changes in the new law.

On Today's Ruling in Virginia
August 2, 2010
Having failed in the legislative arena, opponents of health reform are now turning to the courts in an attempt to overturn the work of the democratically elected branches of government. Now that this preliminary stage in the courts has ended, the government fully expects to prevail on the merits.

" This morning, a federal district court in Virginia issued a procedural decision to allow a suit filed by Virginia's Attorney General to move forward. The court did not, however, rule on the merits of Virginia Attorney General's claim that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Judge Hudson's opinion specifically states that the "Court's mission at this stage is narrow" and that it "does not resolve contests surrounding . . . the facts [or] the merits of a claim." The court's procedural ruling states only that the complaint could not be dismissed at this preliminary stage ."

Medicare and Mayberry
July 30, 2010
A new ad featuring Andy Griffith discusses how the Affordable Care Act will strengthen the health care system for seniors.

Insurance for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions
July 29, 2010
For too long, too many Americans with pre-existing conditions were left out of the health insurance marketplace. Health insurance companies could charge these Americans more or simply refuse to cover them. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the health care system will no longer leave out the people who need care the most.

Have you ever been denied coverage for a pre-existing condition?

Not Your Ordinary Website Demo
July 28, 2010
This isn't your ordinary website demo. Watch President Obama walk through

Giving Our Kids the Care They Need
July 28, 2010
As part of the Affordable Care Act, new guidance for health insurance plans was released today to help ensure children get the high-quality care they need.

Helping New Patients and Gaining Long-Term Savings
July 21, 2010
Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, discusses new grants under the Affordable Care Act that will help new and expecting parents by providing in-home visits by professionals who can teach them the important skills every new parent should know.

Apples and Oranges
July 21, 2010
The Affordable Care Act will address many of the concerns of entrepreneurs and small business owners, including improving the nation's existing health care system, lowering costs and providing significant benefits for small businesses.

Free Preventive Care Coming Soon Thanks to the Affordable Care Act
July 19, 2010
The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden record a video message outlining provisions of the Affordable Care Act that will provide better access to preventive care. Feature

A recent blog post on offers some opportunities to learn about "exchanges' and provides opportunity for you to comment on how these insurance marketplaces will work. Check out the post to learn more: Building a Better Insurance Marketplace Setting the Stage for 2014.

What's Ahead

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Jeffrey H. Toney is Dean of the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences at Kean University and is a Trusted Author at OpEdNews. He received a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Virginia and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Northwestern (more...)
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