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|Hare Proud of Health Care Reform Bill
|A local Congressman says a recently passed house health care reform bill is not perfect, but it's good enough. 17th District Democrat Phil Hare made a number of stops Thursday including one at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg to explain what is in the health care reform bill that he says would have many benefits for people in his district.
Hare says the Affordable Health Care for America Act will make health care more affordable for the middle class, provide security for seniors and guarantee access to health insurance coverage for the uninsured. He says his congressional mates took a giant leap towards affordable insurance for all Americans.
Hare spoke to a group of hospital officials at the hospital and said many aspects of the bill will assist the local community.
"We are going to see improved employer based coverage for about 365,000 residents, we are going to have credits to help people pay for coverage for an additional 184,000 households, and closing the Medicare Part D loophole where a lot of seniors have fallen into, will affect about 10,500 seniors."
Hare also explained the bill will help reduce insurance costs for over 13,000 small businesses, provide insurance to almost 40,000 uninsured residents and possibly reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and health care providers by over $120 million dollars - all numbers specific to the 17th district.
He says he has warned that a failure to act on health care reform would result in dire consequences for working families. Hare says he had a simple choice, do something or do nothing and he says he chose action.
(17th District Democrat Phil Hare speaks with officials at OSF St. Mary Medical Center Thursday afternoon about the benefits of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. WGIL News Story and Photo by Dominic Fortini.)
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