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Myth versus Fact: How the Affordable Care Act Provides Patient Protections, Lowers Health Care Costs
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 165 million Americans with private insurance and 48 million seniors and disabled Americans with
In the two years since this landmark law was signed, Republicans have called for - and voted for - repealing patient protections, ending the
Here's a look at how Republican rhetoric during the debate over health care reform stands up to reality (HINT: It doesn't.):
GOP Myth: Health care reform will add to our deficit and does nothing to bring down costs of health care.
Fact: Health care reform will reduce the deficit and is slowing the growth of, and in some cases lowering, the costs of health care for middle-class families and seniors:
*The 2012 Part A deductible increased by
*The 2012 Part B deductible decreased by
*Part D premiums held steady, with no increase to the average premium since 2011.
*More than 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities on
*32.5 million beneficiaries received free preventive services, including mammograms and colonoscopies.
*Private insurance premium growth has slowed:
*CBO projects 5.7% per year increases versus the average 9% per year growth seen in 2000-2005.
GOP Myth: Health care reform will hurt our economy and small businesses.
Fact: Our economy has continued to see private sector job growth, and small and large businesses are benefiting from provisions that help them provide quality, affordable health care coverage to their employees.
*Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, the economy has created 3.5 million private sector jobs, including 488,000 jobs in the health care industry. The unemployment rate is 8.3%, lower than it was in
*360,000 small businesses have taken advantage of tax credits that are making health insurance more affordable for 2 million workers. As many as four million small businesses are eligible for these credits.
*And over 2,800 employers are participating in the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, which is helping provide coverage to 13 million early retirees who are not yet eligible for
GOP Myth: Health care reform will lead to a government takeover of health care
Fact: This claim was rated "lie of the year http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2010/dec/16/lie-year-government-takeover-health-care/ " by the non-partisan group Politifact.
*Health care reform expands private health insurance in America, and is based on increasing choice and competition - providing for new marketplaces called Insurance Exchanges, where the uninsured, small business employees and the self-employed will be able to choose among a variety of private insurance plans.
GOP Myth: The Affordable Care Act will ration seniors' health care and cut seniors' benefits.
Fact: Unlike the Republican budget that ends the