CafeMom Talks Health Care Reform at the White House

White HouseYesterday, I went on a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C., for a discussion on President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Deputy Chief of Staff Nancy-Ann DeParle and Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy Jeanne Lambrew met with 11 representatives from major women, parenting, and health websites to talk about the new health care law and how it benefits women in particular.

We are working now on a video about this discussion and will have much more on this story to come (as well as a separate video interview from the anti-'Obamacare' camp), but in the meantime, here are a few things that came out of that discussion for you to think about ...


DeParle and Lambrew spent a good part of the discussion citing statistics about the number of Americans that the Affordable Care Act has already helped.

They reported, for example, that already, 45.1 million women (and this number includes 20.4 million women with private health insurance and 24.7 million women with Medicare) now have access to preventive services with no cost sharing.

Also, according to the White House, "[m]ore than one million young adult women have already gained health insurance coverage because of the law and 13 million more women will gain coverage by 2016. Without the health care law, these women would remain uninsured."

Despite statistics like these (and there were many), polls show that a majority of Americans are opposed to the new health care law. A large number of Americans are worried that the law will put the nation further in debt, infringe on our personal liberty, and limit our health car choices. Lambrew and DeParle said that, understandably, they have been very focused on implementing the law, and admitted that more needs to be done in the way of educating the public on the law's benefits.

I also got a chance yesterday to ask Lambrew and DeParle about the number of you out there who are self employed or part of a small business, and have told me that your health insurance premiums have skyrocketed since the law was implemented. I'll have their response, and much more, in an upcoming video that I'll share with you here.

And with so many questions out there about the law's drawbacks, we sought out another perspective on the matter yesterday, and talked with Tom Miller, an expert in health care policy at the American Enterprise Institute and co-author of the book Why Obamacare is Bad for America. He had some very interesting things to say that should generate a lively discussion among CafeMom members. We'll bring you his story in the days to come.

In the meantime, let's talk about the new health care law! What are your thoughts on how things are going so far?


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