by Félix Pérez
Before the ink dried on yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney vowed, “What the court did not do . . . , I will do on my first day as president, and that is, I will act to repeal Obamacare,”
Left unclear: What would happen to the life-improving benefits millions of children already receive under the Affordable Care Act if Romney were elected?
- What will happen to the provision that prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma?
- Will Romney roll back the cost-free pediatric care, vision and hearing screenings, immunizations, developmental assessments and other preventive services made available to more than 14 million children?
- Will a Romney repeal allow insurance companies to drop coverage to the more than 3 million young adults who now can stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until age 26?
- And how would a Romney repeal affect the additional 50,000 children served by school-based health centers?
Often lost in the political bluster and tit for tat are the real-world consequences of having access to affordable, quality health care.
Salt Lake City, Utah, educator Karen Waldburger related to EdVotes the results of a car accident this school year that cost two students their lives and left another seriously injured. A fourth student, who is on life support, “will most likely need care for her lifetime. Affordable health care, as our president courageously put into law, will assist this young woman’s family.”
After the Supreme Court decision, President Obama said, “Whatever the politics, today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it.”
He continued: “The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law. And we’ll work together to improve on it where we can. But what we won’t do — what the country can’t afford to do — is refight the political battles of two years ago, or go back to the way things were.”
Romney’s campaign, for its part, sent a fundraising email in reaction to the Supreme Court ruling. To date, his campaign has raised $4.3 million.
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