The Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often shortened to ‘The Affordable Care Act”), passed in March 2010, will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduce long‐term health care costs. This document summarizes the new health reform law.
Cost of Repealing Health Care Reform
Attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act risk increasing consumer health care costs by billions of dollars.
Guaranteed Benefits of the ACA
In order to achieve affordable, quality health care for all, the Affordable Care Act set standards to ensure that all plans in the new health insurance exchanges cover a comprehensive set of necessary services and offer protections for consumers.
CBO’s Score of Health Care Reform Legislation
The Congressional Budget Office’s full score of the final House version of health care reform legislation.
Summary of the Manager’s Amendment
The Manager’s Amendment contains some changes to the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act.
The Reconciliation Bill
Find a section by section breakdown of the most significant changes to the Reconciliation Bill.
The Reconciliation Bill makes several key changes to improve the Senate Bill including removing special deals and ensuring greater affordability provisions.
Reconciliation would pass the Senate bill and improvements to it based on the President’s proposal and a majority in Congress. As congressional scholar Thomas Mann has pointed out, such a rule would “make clear that the vote on the reconciliation package is in effect also a vote on the underlying Senate bill.”
Numbers: House vs. Senate
Last March, the President invited Members of Congress and national health care leaders to the White House for an open, broad‐ranging discussion on how to expand access, improve quality and lower the costs of health care for all Americans. In the year since, House and Senate Democrats have taken an open and transparent approach to the debate on health insurance reform, with nearly 200 bipartisan hearings and countless health care events across the country.
Immediate Benefits of the ACA
Outlines the immediate benefits for small businesses, seniors, individuals with private insurance, and the uninsured.
Cost of Inaction
The rising cost of health care is straining the wallets of American families, the balance sheets of our businesses, and the long term health of our federal budget. If we don’t act now, the situation will only get worse.
Fact Sheet for the ACA
How the plan works for America.