So what are the benefits of Obamacare? Let me count the ways.
Before Obamacare, 45 million people had no health insurance and were forced to use hospitals for both chronic and acute illnesses, causing hospital costs and insurance premiums to skyrocket for all of us, forcing us all to pay much more for medical care and putting the cost of health care beyond the reach of even more Americans.
Before Obamacare, people with pre-existing conditions were denied insurance. They were left without mercy and their families sustained untold suffering.
Before Obamacare, people who needed more expensive care could be rejected by the death panels of for-profit insurance companies who mercilessly terminated their policies as they made corporate profits more important than human life.
Before Obamacare, the most common cause of personal bankruptcy which afflicted hundreds of thousands of families were medical problems for which people could not afford or were denied insurance.
Before Obamacare, thousands of people died every year because they did not have health insurance and problems got so bad that even emergency care could not save them.
Before Obamacare, America was the only industrialized nation in the entire world that abandoned millions of its people to the ravages of illness and lack of affordable health care.
Before Obamacare, millions of young adults were ejected from their parents’ health plans and left without coverage; millions of children could not afford immunizations, preventive care or periodic medical check-ups; and millions of pregnant women could not afford pre-natal care.
Before Obamacare, over 40 million senior citizens did not get free annual wellness checkups even as the donut hole left them with crippling charges for expensive life-saving medicines which some could not afford to buy.
Before Obamacare, middle class folks were not eligible for special subsidies or enhanced tax credits that made it possible for them to purchase decent health insurance coverage.
Before Obamacare, for-profit health insurance companies did not have to spend 80 percent of premiums they collected for actual patient care; and they could arbitrarily deny medical care to maximize their own profits, sending thousands of people to unnecessary deaths.
Before Obamacare, we were a divided nation: those who could afford excellent care and insurance vs. those who were abandoned without insurance or adequate care.
Thank you, Mr. President. You have become the president of all the people. You have attended honorably to the well-being of the nation and the health security of America.