Health Care Reform, An Historic Anniversary

Letter sent to the Young Democrats of America by Executive Vice-President, and Kentuckian, Colmon Elridge (to visit the YDA website:

Today marks the six month anniversary of the passage of health care reform. Several provisions of the new law go into effect today. Because of the leadership of President Obama and Democrats in Congress, today there are tremendous improvements in the health care system in the U.S.  For millions of Americans, it's literally a new lease on life.

Starting today:

  • It's illegal to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions
  • It's illegal to take away insurance coverage from anyone when they get sick
  • If you are under the age of 26, you will be able to stay on your parents plan
  • Insurance companies cannot charge co-pays for preventive care, including flu shots

Six months ago, President Obama and the Democratic Congress sent a strong message that health care is a right for all Americans, not a privilege for only those who can afford it.  As Young Democrats, we played a fundamental role in securing the passage of health care reform.

To help us mark this momentous anniversary and the implementation of this long awaited reform, we want to hear from you. Tell us your stories here: you have been directly impacted by the reforms, or you know someone who has. Take a moment and share why you stood for Healthcare Reform six months ago.

Republican candidates will try to use health care reform to attack Democrats between now and November, but we need to set the record straight.  Republicans have chosen to defend the obscene profits of large insurance companies, rather than the health of American families.  Please tell the real story of health care reform, YOUR STORY.

On to Victory!

Colmon Elridge,

Executive Vice-President, Young Democrats of America

P.S. If you are interested in more information on how health care reform is helping young people, please take a look at "The Young Person's Guide to Health Insurance" recently published by U.S. PIRG.