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Affordable Care Act extended free preventive care to 71 million Americans
HHS Press Office ^ | March 18, 2013 | Kathleen Sebelius

Posted on 03/18/2013 5:39:16 PM PDT by mdittmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013

Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

Affordable Care Act extended free preventive care to 71 million Americans with private health insurance

Health Care Law’s third anniversary sees health costs slowing down, more value for consumers

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that about 71 million Americans in private health insurance plans received coverage for at least one free preventive health care service, such as a mammogram or flu shot, in 2011 and 2012 because of the Affordable Care Act. The new data was released in a report from HHS today.

Additionally, an estimated 34 million Americans in traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans have received at least one preventive service, such as an annual wellness visit at no out of pocket cost because of the health care law.

Taken together, this means about 105 million Americans with private health plans and Medicare beneficiaries have been helped by the Affordable Care Act’s prevention coverage improvements.

Preventive services, consumer protections, and other reforms under the Affordable Care Act are giving millions of Americans of all ages more value for their health care dollars and contributing to the slowest growth in health care costs in 50 years.

“Preventing illnesses before they become serious and more costly to treat helps Americans of all ages stay healthier,” Secretary Sebelius said.  “No longer do Americans have to choose between paying for preventive care and groceries.”

Secretary Sebelius released the preventive services report as HHS celebrates the Affordable Care Act’s third anniversary this week.  The law is keeping down costs and providing more value for consumers and taxpayers through new consumer protections, holding insurance companies accountable, building a smarter health care system, and providing seniors with vital savings on their prescription drugs.

The Affordable Care Act is giving Americans better value for their health insurance plans by:



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1 posted on 03/18/2013 5:39:16 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
“No longer do Americans have to choose between paying for preventive care and groceries.”

No, but most unfortunately, we did choose between being Free Men or Slaves to a Smothering Tyrannical State.

2 posted on 03/18/2013 5:42:17 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: mdittmar
Health Care Law’s third anniversary sees health costs slowing down, more value for consumers

They need to start giving government employees "whiz quizzes". Somebody is doing too many recreational drugs.

3 posted on 03/18/2013 5:42:48 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: mdittmar
Obama has personally killed healthcare in America.

The solution...start a daily exercise program and up the ante weekly.

The only protection from Obamacare is your own physical fitness.

No matter where you are in terms of fitness...get started ASAP. It is your responsibility to save yourself and your family.

4 posted on 03/18/2013 5:44:15 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: mdittmar

Its must be free, as the patients didn’t pay for it.

Of course, we will all pay for it .... eventually.


5 posted on 03/18/2013 5:44:23 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: mdittmar

What a load of clap trap.
Shut up Katleen!


6 posted on 03/18/2013 5:44:37 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mdittmar

Why is that “free” is always so expensive?


7 posted on 03/18/2013 5:46:18 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: mylife; All
Secretary Sebelius said,“being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing condition.”

What an odd statement?

8 posted on 03/18/2013 5:50:00 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
Seems likethose free flu shots didn't work so well this year.....probably because just like the antibiotics...they killed the golden goose.

Dontcha wonder what the profit is on all these "free" flu shots??

9 posted on 03/18/2013 5:51:14 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: mdittmar

Preventative care prevents nothing. All the studies show that fact. Even the Congressional Budget Office states that it actually INCREASES medical expenditures.


10 posted on 03/18/2013 6:09:04 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: mdittmar
71 million Americans in private health insurance plans received coverage for at least one free preventive health care service, such as a mammogram or flu shot, in 2011 and 2012 because of the Affordable Care Act.

Notice it says they received coverage not an actual service. Only a propagandist would call something free when your monthly premiums are jacked up to pay for it.

11 posted on 03/18/2013 6:09:45 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: mdittmar

When I add the increase in copay for my prescriptions to my premium my out of pocket payment almost doubled on Jan 1.


12 posted on 03/18/2013 6:11:15 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: mdittmar
It's not free if someone else is forced to pay for it.

This is how we could all get free health care, free food or free anything any time:
You don't pay for your own. Grab as much as you can carry. It's free.
However, you will pay full price for the next guy in line.
He can get anything he wants. It's free for him. Very expensive for you. You will have no choice. Pay or die.
That's how "free" works.
Voting for the pol who promises more benefits and handouts is free. However...
Get the picture?

13 posted on 03/18/2013 6:17:30 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: mdittmar
As I said many times during the fear mongering of the sequester...

B U L L S H I T !


14 posted on 03/18/2013 6:17:58 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The Progs are pushing for war. Be ready.)
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To: mdittmar

15 posted on 03/18/2013 6:19:10 PM PDT by CharlesMartelsGhost
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Free, eh? So those doctors worked pro bono? No tax dollars were confiscated or money borrowed from China to pay for those “services”? No premiums went up to cover the costs of those FREE services?

Damn. That is a neat trick. Can we start getting some FREE steak dinners?


16 posted on 03/18/2013 6:23:56 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: mdittmar

If its free then who is paying for it?

We all are...plus we’re paying for the union government
Bureaucrats to administer the whole fiasco.


17 posted on 03/18/2013 6:24:11 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: mdittmar

THAT WOMAN IS A LIAR!!!


18 posted on 03/18/2013 6:24:22 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: mdittmar

Its not free, it just forced millions of Americans to pay for a service they had not before wanted to buy.


19 posted on 03/18/2013 6:24:23 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: mdittmar

I want free guns.

At least I have an AMENDMENT to stand on.


20 posted on 03/18/2013 6:24:30 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: mdittmar

Thank you, Uncle John Boehner!


21 posted on 03/18/2013 6:28:41 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: CharlesMartelsGhost

Prevention??

It takes a helluva lot more to prevent illness than a GD flu shot. I’m so sick of this — and sick of having non medically trained bureaus like Sebeelizbub telling us what to do!!

How about get people out of the fast food joints, get them to stop smoking, stop drinking, doing drugs? How about getting off the couches?

Oh, I guess they have no motivation to do any of that because they know someone somewhere will take care of their fat lazy azzes for freeeeeee!

Hey, SOME diseases happen even if you DO everything right! I mean ...there are some conditions one just cannot prevent. It’s called living on earth as a human being, subject to natural law and forces. It just happens.

And one day, we’re all going to die anyway, no matter how many damn flu shots we get. ...sometimes it’s just our time to go!


22 posted on 03/18/2013 6:29:34 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: mdittmar

free? The premiums went up greater than the cost of whatever “free” addition was received ... but it is all free, right?


23 posted on 03/18/2013 6:30:19 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: Aria
If its free then who is paying for it?

From the looks of the article, I'd say the folks with private insurance are. 71 million of them got coverage (and a premium hike) but they aren't the ones identified as receiving a service with no out-of-pocket expenses.

I'm not trying to rag on folks with Medicare. I just think it's preposterous to claim that 105 million benefit when 71 million of those have seen skyrocketing costs.

24 posted on 03/18/2013 6:37:39 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: LibsRJerks

And it will get worse when they start applying CommieCare in a politically correct manner.

15 yr old with MS denied treatment.

35 yr old with AIDS, and a very expensive drug regiment needed to stay alive, admitted with full benefits/coverage.


25 posted on 03/18/2013 6:37:47 PM PDT by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: mdittmar

Here’s the bottom line:

This is parroted by the MSM
It’s carpet bombed on social media

And a large majority of Americans will enthusiastically believe it and thank Caliph Baraq for the gift.


26 posted on 03/18/2013 6:40:37 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: NonValueAdded

Good point.

I have tried to catch myself saying ‘at no charge’ when the word ‘free’ comes up. Its hard to do.

When you think about there is almost nothing that is ‘free’. The two things I think of are - 1) Air we breath and 2) water to drink from a stream. After those 2 items not much is really ‘free’ in any sense.

Something may be “no charge” to the end recipient. But it still cost SOMEBODY SOMETHING SOMEWHERE.

There is no free lunch. In reality there not really ‘free’ anything.


27 posted on 03/18/2013 6:41:34 PM PDT by bluecat6 ("All non-denial denials. They doubt our ancestry, but they don't say the story isn't accurate. ")
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To: nascarnation
And a large majority of Americans will enthusiastically believe it and thank Caliph Baraq for the gift.

I don't know. A lot of people believe they are going to get free private health insurance. They're not. They're going to be put onto Medicaid. They'll have difficulty finding a doc to take them. And many who do get subsidized private insurance don't have a free ride because they still have significant out of pocket expenses and deductibles. I think a lot of folks have a rude awakening coming.

28 posted on 03/18/2013 6:46:18 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: mdittmar
Not only is it all free - it's all worthless.

I just can't wait to find out that 'big gulps' are bad... white bread is bad and so is sugar'... But having unprotected sex with 400 men isn't...

29 posted on 03/18/2013 6:54:36 PM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: rbg81

I just did our taxes so I combined all costs for 2012- all health insurance and all co-pays for doctors and scripts. It totaled almost $10k for 2 people. I dam sure wouldn’t call that free. Commie witch needs to shut her mouth.


30 posted on 03/18/2013 7:04:06 PM PDT by sheana
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

No it didn’t.

It forced taxpayers (present and future) to pay for health care for 71 million who may or may not have been Americans.

Thanks mdittmar.


31 posted on 03/18/2013 7:19:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: mdittmar
To a looter government it's all “free”. They don't have to pay for anything. They just take it.
32 posted on 03/18/2013 7:21:15 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: RoosterRedux

BINGO!!!!! I have been saying this from day 1. Get yourself in the best possible physical shape - that is your only refuge from this.


33 posted on 03/18/2013 7:21:55 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave ofo attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: RoosterRedux

“The only protection from Obamacare is your own physical fitness”

Bingo, can’t be said enough.

Eventually we will all need health care. But anything you can do to minimize your need for healthcare and push it out in time is the best thing a person can do for themselves.

To bad we’ll all be paying through the nose for it anyway.


34 posted on 03/18/2013 7:41:06 PM PDT by desertfreedom765
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it is not free as they are using my and others medicare payments for the last 35 years into the damn system...now there is nothing left for those of us who paid the price FO nobama nocare sobs...clear?
35 posted on 03/18/2013 7:45:25 PM PDT by ldish (Give me Freedom and Liberty or let's kick some a**!)
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To: LibsRJerks
How about get people out of the fast food joints, get them to stop smoking, stop drinking, doing drugs? How about getting off the couches?

Come again, Mayor Bloomberg? Tell me the difference between you and he?
36 posted on 03/18/2013 8:55:58 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: mdittmar

Comrades! Comrades, we have glorious news for you ....


37 posted on 03/18/2013 9:51:46 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: mdittmar

It means men will now subsidize (just for example) ob/gun and neonatal services, despite our complete lack of a vagina or uterus.


38 posted on 03/18/2013 10:44:27 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: JohnBrowdie

ob/gun = ob/gyn. stinking iPad autocorrect.


39 posted on 03/18/2013 10:45:31 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: RoosterRedux
Obama has personally killed healthcare in America.

Actually he had plenty of help from the closet progressives in the GOPe. The House has been prevented from even talking about defunding ObamaCare by none other than Boehner and his minions.

40 posted on 03/19/2013 12:13:20 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: mdittmar
Yep, a Flu shot at CVS costs ten bucks. A 90 Day Supply Generic Prescription at Walmart costs ten bucks.

If Doctors were “allowed” to charge Cash for an office visit instead of dealing with Obamacare, it would probably cost $50 to $100, with additional fees for specific services rendered.

That is competition, not a Government Mandate followed by a Government Tax Bill.

Get the Government out of our lives and costs are reduced.

The notion of “free” anything just makes people want to take advantage of the gift, whether they really need it or not. A prime example is Food Stamps, with the Government advertising for participants and making it “easy” to get them. That's the only way you get nearly 50 Million Participants. I've heard that just the administrative costs eat up (pardon the pun) over a third of the Program's Budget.. That's nuts by the barrel full.

On another topic, I just saw my first Obamaphone commercial last week. It was a rah rah come and get it Taxpayer funded joke, or should I say I hoped it was a joke.

I fear there will be no road back to Sanity, a least as long as I am alive.

41 posted on 03/19/2013 12:42:30 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A Republican freed the Slaves and a Democrat murdered Martin Luther King.)
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To: mdittmar

It only cost me an additional 3 thousand dollars


42 posted on 03/19/2013 4:59:34 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Yes, totally free medical care!!!

Yipee! Yay!

And your FREE medical care paid for by Obama personally!

Out of his OWN pocket! Not out of higher taxes.

Because he LOVES you SO much!

Right? Right?


43 posted on 03/19/2013 6:07:07 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: PeevedPatriot

I knew a doctor who when just starting her practice, accepted Medical patients.

She dumped her Medical patients when her practice got enough “paying customers”.

Why?

She told me that Medical paid so little and the paperwork was so onerous and that Medical would reject claims so often and for so little reason, that it was not worth having Medical patients.

And this was BEFORE Obaba’s Cr*pCare.

Got to be worse now.


44 posted on 03/19/2013 6:12:16 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: 98ZJ USMC

Right.
Bloomberg the Fascist NYC Mayor banning guns, hospital operations with pain killers, sugar, sodas, etc etc.

Due to health concerns.

And he banned gay guys “packing the peanut butter”?
(a VERY unhealthy behavior)

Right? Yes?

No, you say?

Sugar bad, homosexual sex healthy?

uh, right.....sure...


45 posted on 03/19/2013 6:16:43 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: OldArmy52
Got to be worse now.

Yes, by design. Medicaid is a failed program and that's precisely why millions are being dumped into it. The current system has to be further strained and eventually broken before socialized medicine can become fully operational.

46 posted on 03/19/2013 7:14:08 AM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: mdittmar
> Eliminating lifetime dollar caps on essential health benefits, and phasing out annual caps. About 105 million Americans no longer have to fear their benefits will disappear when they need them most because their insurer put a lifetime cap on the amount it would pay.

Cool. When will Obamacare extend to groceries? We'll be able to buy a 12 oz. can of beans, and then the Obamessiah will compel the bean seller to give me a continued supply of free beans forever and ever.

47 posted on 03/19/2013 8:43:32 AM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: mdittmar

“Free care” means you will go visit an untrained Obama servant and then return home sick with a suicide pill.


48 posted on 03/19/2013 9:39:32 AM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: mdittmar

49 posted on 03/19/2013 10:03:51 AM PDT by goron (If this be treason, make the most of it! - Patrick Henry)
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To: mdittmar

Free health care at the cost of a $30 increase in my monthly health insurance payments. Way to go.


50 posted on 03/19/2013 10:11:18 AM PDT by Free and Armed (Playing leap frog with a unicorn and compromising with liberals--both have a similar end result)
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