President Signs Healthcare Reform Legislation
Historic and transformativehealth care reform legislation was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23rd. The House voted 219-212 approving legislation passed by the Senate in December 2009. After approving the Senate bill, the House adopted a package of changes to it by a vote of 220-211.
The Senate made several minor changes to the reconciliation bill which were later agreed to by the House. President Obama is set to sign the reconciliation changes into law on Tuesday, March 30th. The new law will provide comprehensive and affordable health insurance coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, as well as establish for all Americans critically important insurance protections. These include setting a cap on out-of-pocket medical expenses and eliminating preexisting condition exclusions and annual and lifetime benefit limits.
NPAF has been a strong supporter over many years of the eliminational of discrimination based on a person's health status and commends the Congress for making this provision a priority. These important steps will reduce the number of Americans faced with medical debt and bankruptcy, and together with the enhanced affordability provisions added in the reconciliation part of this package, makes great progress toward providing Americans with truly affordable access to health insurance coverage.
Prior to the historic passing of healthcare legislation in the House of Representatives, both House Minority Leader Boehner and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made speeches before the US House of Representatives, to hear Minority Leader Boehner's speech click here, to hear Speaker Pelosi's speech click here.