Rep. George Miller celebrates anniversary of health care law passage

Rep. George Miller celebrates anniversary of health care law passage

Contra Costa Times | March 22, 2011 | By Paul Thissen

CONCORD — Rep. George Miller spoke Tuesday to celebrate the anniversary of the passage of the health care reform act and highlight its provisions that have already taken effect.

“This is the law that every day is extending benefits to families,” said Miller, D-Martinez. “I wish it was 2014 tomorrow.”

He called the idea of repealing the act “insane.”

Many provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — subsidies for those who cannot afford health insurance and the requirement that individuals buy coverage, to name two — do not take effect until 2014.

Miller invited a handful of residents to speak about the law’s provisions that already are in place. These include allowing people to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until they are 26 years old, outlawing lifetime coverage limits on insurance plans and preventing children with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage.

Rebecca Barrett, a Concord High School graduate and senior at UCLA, spoke about being unsure that she would find a job once she graduated — and glad that she could now remain on her parents’ health plan.

Meri Phelps, whose son has spinal muscular atrophy, spoke about how lifetime coverage caps can be devastating for those with disabilities.

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