10 Facts About The Obama Budget
Next Wednesday night, October 2, 2013, a panel of speakers will explain the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how Illinois residents who lack health care insurance can obtain coverage. Nationwide, millions of people will be able to afford healthcare coverage and get better healthcare because of the Affordable Care Act. In Illinois, as many as 1.8 million residents currently have no health. Illinois residents can apply to enter the insurance marketplace starting October 1st, 2013. The enrollment period will end on March 31, 2014. Lauren Polite, Communications Coordinator, Affordable Care Act, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Linda Preston, a health care activist, will share her personal store about her struggle to find health insurance for herself and for her special needs son. Following the panel discussion, the moderator will open up the floor for a question and answer period. Location: Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S.
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Myths and facts about ‘Obamacare’
For every $1 in new revenue from those making more than $250,000 per year and from closing corporate loopholes, the budget has $2.50 in spending cuts including the deficit reduction enacted over the last year. 4. The total budget reduces the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. 5. Obama preserves the maximum Pell Grant award, a key difference from the GOP budget, and makes permanent then Americans Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps 9 million families afford the costs of college. 6. Unlike the last two GOP budgets, Obamas budget protects Medicare and Medicaid from structural changes, and through small tweaks, saves $360 billion from those programs.
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So this is mostly a symbolic act. But it does provide an opportunity to look back at some of the persistent myths about the legislation. Some of the public confusion about what is in the bill is understandable. The long battle in Congress was often mind numbing except to a handful of policy experts, and key features were dropped or added along the way. Opponents often seized on small elements and exaggerated the impact, even if those provisions were no longer in the bill. Since the bill was passed ten months ago, polls indicate that Americans have a greater understanding of what ended up in the final version–and support for the overall law has slowly grown. During last year’s midterm elections, both Factcheck.org and PolitiFact.com did yeoman work trying to pick apart the various claims made about the bill; The Washington Post also joined forces with Kaiser Health News to produce an excellent examination of myths and facts about the law. Even so, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll as recently as September found that a sizeable group of seniors believed that the health-care overhaul contained provisions that are simply not in the bill.
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