"Ask not what America can do for you, but what you can do for America."
~John F. Kennedy
Reaching for the White House
Engage and Connect
President Obama is committed to making this the most open and participatory administration in history. That begins with taking your questions and comments, inviting you to join online events with White House officials, and giving you a way to engage with your government on the issues that matter the most.
The Nursing Office Writes to the President
I am a nurse for over thirty years and am happy to have this chance to become a part of the healthcare system. I like the idea of a participative policy by your administration. This is the only way that we can get into the root of the matter, without being biased by corporate and other political agencies. This is the voice of the people, with the real problems, and calling for real solutions. This is empowering the PEOPLE. How can it be more powerful than becoming a part of the solution? I am in, “The NURSE is IN". www.thenursingoffice.com A Community and Public Health Delivery System: A Nurse Driven Healthcare Solution.
A Letter from the President of the United States, Barack Obama
(March 4, 2014)
Thank you for writing. Now that more elements of the Affordable Care Act are coming into place, many Americans are wondering how the law will affect them—especially when there is so much conflicting information going around. I want to take this opportunity to explain what is going on and how everyone stands to benefit from health care reform.
From the very beginning, the Affordable Care Act has been about freeing families from the fear that one illness or one injury could cost you everything you dedicated a lifetime to build. Everyone should get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.
The Affordable Care Act is fulfilling that promise. Before the law, insurers could discriminate against kids with pre-existing conditions. They could deny coverage because of a past illness or charge women more than men for the same coverage. And every day, people who thought they had good insurance were getting dropped from their plans and billed into bankruptcy just because they had the misfortune of getting sick.
The Affordable Care Act establishes some of the strongest consumer protections this country has ever known. Today, you can buy insurance that guarantees you can no longer be discriminated against or dropped from your plan when you get sick. Insurers can no longer put lifetime limits on the care you receive. You can rest easier knowing that when you need health coverage the most, you will have it.
The law goes even further to help the 15 percent of Americans who do not have health insurance and the 5 percent who have to buy it on their own—people who have been locked out or priced out of our health care system, or who paid huge premiums for plans that often failed to provide real financial protection.
In 2013, we opened the Health Insurance Marketplace to give them the chance to buy quality, affordable health care like everybody else. And by pooling their purchasing power as one big group, the Marketplace is helping the uninsured and underinsured get a better deal.
That includes Americans who bought insurance on the old individual market—many of whom ended up with substandard coverage. To make sure they have the flexibility they need, I also took action to give them the chance to re-enroll in their current plans if their insurers and their states allow it.
The bottom line is this: nobody is losing their right to health care coverage. Americans without health insurance will finally be able to get it. Everyone who has insurance will get stronger protections. And the fewer than 5 percent of Americans who buy insurance on their own will get new options with better coverage—often at a better price.
That is the promise of the Affordable Care Act, and I intend to deliver on it. Finishing the job of reforming our broken health care system will not be easy. But it will be worth it. And I will work with anyone on any idea to make this law perform even better.
Thank you, again, for writing. To learn more about the law, how it affects you, and how to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, visit www.HealthCare.gov or call 1‑800‑318‑2596. To learn how to enroll in person, visit www.LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.