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HHS defends healthcare law

Posted On Fri, February 25, 2011


With more than two dozen states filing suit against the federal government over the new health care law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a statement that explains how the law will actually benefit the states.

According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Affordable Care Act will give states the flexibility and resources needed to protect consumers from financial hardship should they become seriously ill or injured.

"The Affordable Care Act is built on the foundation of providing states with the resources and flexibility they need to build a better, more affordable healthcare system," Sebelius said. "This report shows that states have what they need to continue putting comprehensive health insurance reforms in place."

The report indicates that the new healthcare law will stimulate competition, thereby making health insurance more affordable and available at the same time.

States, legislators and healthcare workers that oppose the law say the Affordable Care Act will do just the opposite. With more people receiving coverage, the quality of care will go down, as doctors become overloaded. Further, costs will increase as insurers can no longer deny patients coverage for pre-existing conditions.

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