CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER DEFENDS OBAMACARE DESPITE WEBSITE GLITCHES!!!
Check the latest statement from former Kansas City Mayor and current Congressman . . .
HEALTH CARE – QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, AND PROGRESS
There are a lot of changes underway in the healthcare system in this country. This, you obviously know. And I understand there are many justified concerns about this, and changes that can be made to better the system.
I have always tried to convey that I am open to this conversation, to compromise, and to making this a complete and comprehensive system that is affordable and best serves those in Missouri’s Fifth District – as well as across our country. I do not believe a government shutdown is the way to go. We should never threaten our economy and the full faith and credit of our nation to stop the Affordable Care Act.
There have been issues with the website. In my opinion, those are unacceptable and need to be remedied immediately. While frustrating, they are being addressed and are certainly not a reason to stop.
Work is ongoing around the clock to implement hardware and software fixes to make certain the system works more efficiently for consumers. There is also an effort underway to diagnose potential issues more quickly, and to create better solutions that will enhance Healthcare.gov.
We should not root for failure, but for the success of millions of Americans who can now buy quality, affordable health insurance on the open market.
I wanted to share with you some quick updates on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. So far:
- HealthCare.gov had more than 19 million visitors in the first two weeks.
- Almost half a million applications for health insurance have now been submitted.
- The Affordable Care Act is designed to make health insurance not only affordable, but high quality, and available to all.
- Millions of Americans are already receiving benefits – keeping their kids on their plans, not getting dropped for having a pre-existing condition, and accessing preventative services.
- HealthCare.gov allows consumers to preview plan information and comparison shop.
- There are 4 ways to apply for healthcare coverage, including on the phone, online, by mail, or with the assistance of an in-person visit.
As I mentioned, the website failures are unacceptable. But so is the idea of leaving behind millions of Americans. My hope is, in Congress, we will work together, in a bipartisan way, to strengthen this country’s healthcare system – while keeping it affordable and accessible to all Americans.