Don't let naysayers mislead about health care

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By Sheila Bickford

Now that the Health Care Bill has become law, it is important to note what it will mean for residents in the 5th Congressional District.

- It will improve coverage for 412,000 residents that already have health insurance.

- It will extend coverage to 75,000 uninsured residents.

- It will give tax credits and assistance to 195,000 families.

- It will allow tax credits to 12,300 small businesses to help them afford health coverage for all their employees.

- It will develop a program to help early retirees afford coverage.

- It will provide free preventative care under Medicare.

- It will protect children against discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

- It will allow children to remain on their parents’ insurance policy until age 26.

These are only a few of the provisions, which will bring better health to our local citizens.

And for millions of Americans, as well as for the citizens of the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina, many of these benefits of reform will begin this year.

Also important to note, Congress cleared the way for health-care reform in the budget resolution.

This Healthcare Reform Bill is deficit-neutral. Don’t be misled by the scare tactics, the name calling and meaningless rhetoric of the naysayers.

Sheila Bickford

Indian Land