George Allen's health care reform distortions
December 14, 2011
Earlier this week, Protect Your Care responded to George Allen's campaign ad full of distortions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its effect on Virginians. The response corrected the ad's three main false assertions.
Progressive Point: George Allen got the facts wrong. The Affordable Care Act is benefiting Virginia's small businesses, their employees, and their families, lowering costs and expanding coverage. Reform is helping small businesses save money with tax credits that help them cover their employees, so they can spend less on premiums and more on growing and creating jobs. And the ACA reduces health care costs and expands coverage to more people while also reducing the deficit.
George Allen's attacks on health care reform are untrue. He needs to get his facts straight and be honest with the people of Virginia.
Get the Facts:
- Last year, more than 100,000 Virginian small businesses were for eligible for the premium tax credit under the ACA. (FamiliesUSA)
- More than 500,000 people will gain health care coverage under the ACA and the state-implemented health benefits exchange. (Virginia Office of Health and Human Services)
- The ACA will save over $200 billion over 10 years and more than $1 trillion in the following decade. (Deficit-Reducing Health Care Reform, Whitehouse.gov)
- The ACA "reduces health care costs by rewarding doctors, hospitals and other providers that deliver high quality care, making investments to fund research into what works, and cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse." (Deficit-Reducing Health Care Reform, Whitehouse.gov)
- When the ACA takes full effect in 2014, "small businesses with up to 100 employees will have access to state-based Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchanges, which will expand their purchasing power. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated that the Exchanges will reduce costs and increase competitive pressure on insurers, driving down premiums by up to 4 percent for small businesses." (Health Reform for Small Businesses,Whitehouse.gov)
- Defunding health care reform, as George Allen proposes, would increase the deficit by nearly a quarter trillion dollars. (Congressional Budget Office Director's Blog)