(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Obama has done something spectacular for millions of Americans: he signed a bill that would prevent Health Care Insurance Premiums from increasing in 2016.
The bill is called the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act, which will keep premiums for approximately three million people from going up next year.
The bipartisan Health Care Bill was signed last week and surprisingly passed through both chambers with zero opposition, controversy or trouble.
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat-New Hampshire), a co-sponsor of the bill, said: “I’m very pleased that, in this instance, Congress ‘rose above’ the ‘partisan squabbling’ to make this improvement to the Health Care Reform Bill and I hope it’s a ‘good omen’ for further cooperation.”
The bill, which made a small edit to the definition of what a small business is, could mean thousands of dollars in savings for some 150,000 businesses.
The definition has been changed from 50 employees or fewer to businesses that have 51 to 100 employees.
Had this bill not been signed, the premiums of Small Business Employees might have increased substantially – 18% or more.
This bill is the 14th piece of legislation Obama has signed to make changes to Obamacare – eight of which were Republican bills.
This particular bill is special, though – it’s the first time in four years that Congress sent Obama a bill that with the intention of improving Obamacare, not ruining it!
The only time before this was a Republican-Led Bipartisan Measure in 2011, which wanted to improve how the Obamacare-Regulated Health Insurance Market worked.
That doesn’t mean that Republicans are changing their minds about wanting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, though.
Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation who was involved in health care legislation for the Clinton administration, explained: “I’m not sure this relatively modest measure will pave the way for a raft of bipartisan consensus around the Health Law. None of the changes strike at the heart of the law or change it in any substantial way. So maybe it’s a little overstated to say it’s actual ‘governing.’”
So it’s probably best not to get too excited.
Since Obamacare’s implementation, the House has passed dozens of bills that would erase, defund or pull out vital pieces of the Health Care Reform Bill.
In fact, the same day the House passed the small business bill, Republican committees began formulating a new plan to repeal the entire law – again.
But this is still a huge boon for the American People, protecting us from getting fleeced by greedy Insurance Companies.
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