Obama Legacy: Health & Safety

President Obama And Demcrats Worked to Improve Our Overall Health and Safety

One thing the right wing Republican mindset doesn’t deal well with is the notion that Americans are entitled to basic health and safety in the Constitution. Think about it; they worship a cartoon version of the Second Amendment to the point of lunacy and they are willing to spend insane amounts of money building weapons that we will never have to use, but they scoff at the idea that we all have a right to the health care we need and we have the right to be protected by our government to the extent possible.

President Obama returned us to the notion that healthcare was a right, not a consumer product like soap or a car and, as he did with science overall, he took the time to make sure our rights to both health and safety were taken seriously after years of Republican neglect. Here are some examples of what he accomplished:

President Obama eliminated the silly Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/h36SSO http://ti.me/edezge

The Obama Administration and Democrats led the enormous expansion of electronic medical records, which improves the availability and quality of care. When doctors have access to your medical records at their fingertips, they can treat you much better. http://bit.ly/2k7JLmX

Thanks to Obama and Democrats, as of 2016, 96% of hospitals use electronic health records, up from 9.4% in 2009. http://bit.ly/2td8qey

Thanks to Obama and Democrats, the increased use of readily available electronic health records led to greater efficiency, in addition to greater healthcare savings. http://on.wsj.com/2iGvL3h

President Obama and Democrats passed and implemented the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. http://bit.ly/fOi2rb

President Obama and Democrats expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families. This means far more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/jRRRJc

The Obama Administration ordered all vehicles to be equipped with a rear-view camera by 2018, despite car makers’ complaints about cost. http://bit.ly/2c3jAZi

President Obama and Democrats passed a law authorizing the FDA to regulate tobacco and ordered tobacco companies to disclose their ingredients and to ban cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.” http://on.msnbc.com/fiKViB

Thanks to President Obama and Democrats, there has been a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iq   http://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9

President Obama and Democrats put an end to the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating drug prices. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b

Two weeks after taking office, President Obama and Democrats passed and implemented the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million. http://bit.ly/fDEzGv

President Obama and Democrats ordered an investigation into Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. http://yhoo.it/e8Tj9C

President Obama and Democrats resisted Republican obstruction to pass and implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which expanded health insurance coverage greatly and ended many detrimental insurance company practices. http://www.healthcare.gov/

President Obama established healthcare.gov. http://www.healthcare.gov/

Through the ACA, President Obama and Democrats allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26, thus bridging the coverage gap while they were in college or preparing for a career. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

Through the ACA, President Obama and Democrats established tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small businesses to provide health insurance to their employees for the first time. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

Through the ACA, President Obama and Democrats helped millions of people pay their health insurance company premiums. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

Through the ACA, President Obama and Democrats expanded Medicaid to cover those families making up to 133% of the federal poverty level, which means millions more were covered. http://nyti.ms/ekMWpo (Note: 19 states run by Republicans refused to take the money, despite the fact that their constituents paid into the fun in taxes.)

By 2014, the Affordable Care Act dropped the number of uninsured Americans by 22.3%, which amounts to more than 10.3 million people with insurance who didn’t have it before. Only 13.9% of Americans are uninsured, a drop from 18.9% in 2013. http://on.msnbc.com/1r4kjGn

As of 2016, thanks to President Obama and Democrats, only 8.6 percent of Americans are uninsured, with 21.3 million more having health insurance than before the ACA. http://cnb.cx/2rTBXW9 This is the lowest rate of uninsured in history, and this is how you save money and lives.

Thanks to President Obama and Democrats, the ACA has increased the life expectancy of the Medicare trust fund greatly. http://on.wsj.com/1yuNco6

Thanks to President Obama and Democrats the ACA the health insurance companies now must disclose how much of our premium actually goes to paying for patient care. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

Thanks to President Obama and Democrats and the ACA, according to the CBO, Medicare costs actually declined slightly in 2011. This is the first time in decades this has happened, and the decline has continued. http://1.usa.gov/oMxpTh

Thanks to President Obama and Democrats and their passage of the ACA, health care inflation is at its lowest level since 1960 and continues to be lower than before the ACA. http://bit.ly/2s9e6Gb

Through an executive order, President Obama established the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, to strengthen the government’s ability to respond to the continuing domestic HIV epidemic, after years of Republicans weakening the government’s ability to deal with the crisis. http://1.usa.gov/1iLED0t

President Obama signed a bill that will provide health insurance premium support to workers who lose their health insurance because of foreign competition. http://bit.ly/1evvVDF

In response to the confusion triggered by the Hobby Lobby decision, which essentially declared that corporations could have “religious rights” and lord them over employees, President Obama created new rules to give all women with insurance the right to free birth control. http://on.wsj.com/1O44a1t

President Obama implemented the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2015-2020, which is a follow-up to the first such strategy in US history, which he first implemented in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/1IXknHm

President Obama took steps to improve the country’s approach to drug addiction and mental health, away from incarceration and toward treatment. http://bit.ly/2cJTHQ9

President Obama signed and implemented the first child safety standards for e-cigarettes. http://bit.ly/1XaFCIS

President Obama established the first mandatory rules regarding the labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) http://bit.ly/2ciVlH7

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden set up a White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, in order to implement ways to develop a cure for cancer, which Biden ran. http://1.usa.gov/20AeKY4

President Obama took steps to improve detection and treatment of mental health problems and to apply them to drug addiction. http://1.usa.gov/25HEDp5

President Obama signed Trevor’s Law, which creates a process to better track and study cancer and disease clusters. http://bit.ly/297uFJK

President Obama signed a memorandum of understanding with Cuba to share healthcare information. http://bit.ly/29mCojf

President Obama expanded availability of Cuban cigars and Cuban run. He had to do this in the absence of a Republican bill that would lift the completely ineffective and unnecessary Cuban embargo. http://bit.ly/2esLtNE

President Obama extended an incentive program for Big Pharma that encourages them to find cures for pediatric diseases. http://bit.ly/2dF55t7

President Obama signed into law a bill to improve research into and increase the availability of new treatments and drugs in the healthcare industry. http://bit.ly/2iOQxZU

Made sure that health insurance coverage was guaranteed for eating disorders. http://bit.ly/2iY6h05

Signed a law enforcement pact with Cuba, to foster greater cooperation between the two countries. http://on.wkyc.com/2k7G9kS