Americans more proactive in personal health care

Obama reassures Democrats on health care, immigration

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“We’re making some progress, getting people aware of these issues,” says Tony Thorpe, the chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, a national coalition committed to raising awareness about chronic illnesses.”We need to continue developing effective programs that allow people to change.” Participants were also optimistic in their predictions for their personal life expectancy. On average they said they believe they’ll live into their mid 80s, expecting it to increase to the 90s within 10 years. Today, the CDC reports the average life expectancy is 78 years. “People believe if you take care of yourself and you are able to take advantage of medical treatments, then you can prevent illness and live a longer life,” Garin says. “What we are documenting here is a remarkable degree of personal engagement in health,” says John Castellani , CEO of PhRMA.

But employers welcomed the unexpected respite from complicated reporting rules that the administration concedes will require more time to work out. The administration says the rest of the law’s provisions will roll out without delay. White House spokeswoman Jessica Santillo said the law’s coverage expansion is more than fully paid for and will reduce the federal deficit by more than $100 billion over the next 10 years. Moreover, health care costs have been growing at historically low rates. Under the law, uninsured people without access coverage at work will be able to start shopping for a health plan Oct. 1. Middle-class people will be able to pick from a range of private insurance plans, with new federal tax credits to help pay their premiums. Low-income people will be steered to an expanded version of Medicaid, in states that accept it. Coverage takes effect Jan. 1.

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He turns 52 on Sunday. The White House is seeking to keep up enthusiasm among Democrats following a rough start to Obama’s second term. He has gained an agreement in the Senate to get at least some long-blocked nominees confirmed, and the Senate has passed its version of sweeping immigration legislation. But the immigration overhaul faces a deeply uncertain future in the Republican-led House, where many in the GOP oppose a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. Obama’s landmark health care law continues to baffle many Americans, and the administration failed to assuage the public when it abruptly announced this month that it would delay a major provision requiring employers to provide coverage due to concerns about complexity. While major provisions of the overall bill kick in Jan. 1, uninsured people will be able to start shopping for health plans on Oct.

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