Affordable Health Care for America Act

The Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962), which blends and updates the three versions of previous bills passed by the House committees of jurisdiction in July, embodies President Obama's key goals for health reform.  It will slow the growth in out-of-control costs, introduce competition into the health care marketplace to keep coverage affordable and insurers honest, protect people's choices of doctors and health plans, and assure all Americans access to quality, stable, and affordable health care.  The legislation will ensure that 96 percent of Americans will be covered by a quality, affordable health plan.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the cost of expanding coverage at $894 billion, consistent with the $900 billion coverage mark laid out by President Obama.  Also, the legislation will be paid for.  CBO estimates the bill reduces the deficit by at least $30 billion over 10 years. (Signed into law)

Recent Blog Posts

Report Finds House Bill Saves Americans $2,500 a Year on Health Care Costs

A new report released today finds that the House Democrats’ Affordable Health Care for America Act offers huge cost savings for American families and the nation.

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Your Health, Your Choice

This Wednesday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released new mammogram screening recommendations – moving the recommended age to start receiving mammograms up from 40 to 50 years old. This has caused confusion and worry among American women and their families.

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House Democrats’ Health Care Bill Includes Important Menu Labeling Provision

The Affordable Health Care for America Act empowers consumers to make healthy and nutritious choices by requiring chain restaurants to list calorie counts for each menu option.  This provision is great news for the millions of Americans who want to make informed decisions about the food they eat.  Now, Americans can walk into a restaurant and compare calories so they can choose the food option that will best fit their health and wellness needs.

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Side-by-Side Health Care Reform Bill Comparison: The New York Times Agrees

This past week, the New York Times published two editorials: the first, endorsing the House Democrats’ bill as real reform that will provide quality, affordable coverage to Americans while bringing down the deficit; and the second, criticizing the Republicans’ bill for doing, well, nothing.  

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AARP and AMA endorse House Democrats’ Health Care Reform Bill

Today, two important groups announced their support for the Affordable Health Care for America Act.  The endorsement of our bill by both the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) and the American Medical Association (AMA) sends a clear message to Congress that two of the most significant groups in this debate – seniors and doctors – believe we are truly reforming health care by offering quality, affordable coverage to Americans.

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Donna Edwards

Representing the 4th District of MD
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Meet Congresswoman Donna Edwards and you’ll immediately sense her strong energy and enthusiasm for her work on behalf of people in her community. According to Edwards – who represents portions of Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – the experience so far has “been really invigorating – exciting.”

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