Making Healthcare Better for Middle Class Families

The time for political hand wringing is over.

Healthcare reform is about helping middle class families. Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, children were denied coverage for urgent treatments, leaving parents to pay out of pocket. Seniors in the Medicare "Donut Hole" coverage gap saw their budgets explode with the rising cost of prescription drugs, and a new generation of young people set out into the job market without crucial healthcare coverage. I joined my colleagues in the House to fix this problem.

The time for political hand wringing is over. The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, and we now need to put partisanship aside and implement the benefits and patient protections that this law delivers for middle class families on Long Island.

Many of my colleagues in the House of Representatives are plotting repeal, and my opponent has indicated he supports repeal as well, without offering any plan to replace it.

It's clear that the law is already working for families and businesses in New York’s First District, by the numbers:

4,700: The number of young adults who are able to stay on their parents’ insurance, making sure that while they’re getting started in their careers, they don’t have to worry about losing everything from getting sick.

9,400: The number of seniors who received a prescription drug discount, with an average discount of $710 per senior.

81,000: The number of seniors who received preventative services without having to pay co-pays, coinsurance or deductibles.

710: The number of small businesses that received tax credits to maintain and expand their healthcare coverage offerings to employees.

9,000: The number of children with pre-existing conditions who can no longer be denied coverage.

$86.5 million: The rebate 1 million in New York State will receive from insurance companies that spent more than twenty percent of their costs on executive pay and marketing, instead of medical care. It works out to an average of $138 per family.

We shouldn’t go back. We shouldn’t let free riders make the rest of us foot the bill when they get sick. We shouldn’t tell the parents of 9,000 children in this district that if their child gets sick, expensive treatment is going to come out of their pocket.  We shouldn't leave behind seniors who struggle on fixed incomes to keep up with soaring drug prices. We shouldn’t deny our young adults, who are just starting their careers, access to good, affordable healthcare. And we should never again let insurance companies drop coverage when a patient gets sick.

This law is about eliminating barriers between doctors and patients, and it’s about making healthcare coverage better for all families.

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Joanne Toresko July 07, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Sadly, Congressman Bishop can't guarantee any of the promises he's made to seniors regarding the donut hole, lowering drug prices, or anything else. When he voted for the new law he voted to include the Independent Payment Advisory Board. This group of 15 unelected people can make changes to Medicare policy coverage without first getting congressional approval. The congressman found this panel so problematic he said he would vote for it's repeal, and even bragged about it on campaign literature. Subsequently he voted AGAINST REPEALING this brand new, scary bureaucracy.
Rick Hoyt July 07, 2012 at 10:08 AM
The Illegals Will Still Use Medicaid And Go To The Emergency Room After ACA is Implemented, But There Will Be Less Doctors Also, No One Will Want To be a Doctor Anymore, Will Be a Disaster.
Progressive July 22, 2012 at 04:00 AM
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which reviewed the Senate version of the health-care law that eventually passed in 2010, the law will wring $492 billion from the projected future costs of Medicare and Medicaid over 10 years. The bulk of the savings would be generated by reining in the growth of payments to doctors and hospitals and from cutting subsidies to the Medicare Advantage program, which pays private insurers to provide Medicare benefits. The AARP found the legislation would not cut benefits or increase out-of-pocket costs for Medicare, the federal health-care program for Americans over 65. But Republicans argue that there's no way to cut future costs that much without reducing services. The CBO found it was "unclear" whether the Senate bill could reduce the growth of Medicare spending without reducing care. Incidentally, the GOP has found itself on the business end of this claim before: A 1995 plan to cut projected Medicare spending by more than $250 billion over seven years triggered a budget confrontation with the Clinton administration that partially shut down the federal government. The verdict: Misleading. Though the full impact of the Senate bill the CBO examined may not be known for years, the proposal is aimed at cutting the rate of growth of Medicare spending without cutting benefits.
Progressive July 22, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Let me ask you a question, instead of fighting every step of the way and voting in block as a no, why did your side not negotiate in good faith and at least add there 2 cents worth, there is a need for healthcare in this country and instead of acting like men and women, they stood up for the billionaire insurance companies and corporate cronies and didnt even negotiate, and now all you can do is spread fear to the masses..gays, guns, god, every political season..and now we can add Obamacares...I say yes he does! yes we can, yes we did!
Sharon Culit July 31, 2012 at 09:36 AM
We shouldn't have to wait for our government to save us. It would do us well to remain healthy by working out with the TRX. This can be easily bought from www.trxtraining.com or www.traineroutlet.com.


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