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Published on Aug 28, 2009
TEXT: There's been a lot of rumors about health care reform. But not enough accurate talk about how Americans would benefit. Truth is there would be great benefits for millions of people of all ages. With common sense, we could actually improve care while containing costs that are rising at such a terrible rate. Health reform is an opportunity to make smart savings that will save taxpayers money and strengthen Medicare, without taking away benefits. I want to focus on one of the major reasons for health care reform: It will mean vital protections for American consumers. For all of us. People are losing employer coverage at the rate of more than 14,000 a day. Every day. When that happens, you and your family are at the mercy of the individual insurance market, which makes a science out of covering people they dont think will get sick and tries to avoid everyone who might actually need insurance. At AARP we dont believe that insurance companies should be able to pick and choose who they protect. They shouldnt be able to reject you or charge a sky-high premium because you once got sick or may one day. They shouldnt be able to gouge you because youre getting older. We believe that everyone has a right to affordable health care. Dealing with illness is hard enough. It should not mean a trip to the poorhouse. Health care reform would protect middle class families from these unfair risks. It would prohibit discrimination by insurance companies. It would keep health care affordable. It would give you and your family stable coverage you can count on. Thats whether you lose your job, you move, you get sick, or your employer cancels insurance benefits. You deserve these protections. They are central to what health reform is all about.