Chris Peterson, 62, is an Iowa pig farmer who is not old enough for Medicare and would have been, prior to the passage of The Patient Protection and affordable care act, uninsurable. Prior to the passage of the health act, he likely would have been rejected for "pre-existing conditions." He may have been able to purchase a "watered-down" so-called "catastrophic" policy at an outrageous premium. But no more, thanks to Obamacare.

According to The Hill, Iowa farmer Chris Peterson pleaded with Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa during a town hall meeting that he is on Obamacare. "If it wasn’t for Obamacare, we wouldn’t be able to afford insurance,” Petersen told his Senator. In a pleading voice, he said, “Don’t repeal Obamacare, improve it!” The crowd broke out in cheers.

In August of 2009, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley heard from constituents in a series of town halls and constituent meetings in 30 counties across Iowa and the message to him was clear: "Stop the move toward nationalized medicine." It was Senator Grassley back then that warned about this "death panel" being a part of a proposed Health Care Law by the Obama administration.

Grassley was thought to be an Obama ally in 2009

At the time, he was thought to be an Obama Republican ally of this health care law thing, but after those "town halls and constituent meetings", that changed and was clearly reflected in a fundraising letter. "The simple truth is that I am and always have been opposed to the Obama Administration's plans to nationalize health care," Grassley wrote.

"Period."

Obamacare has improved the health of more than 30 million Americans

Fast forward to 2017 and a much different political and social environment now exists. Donald Trump is now President of the United States and he campaigned on a platform of "repealing" this "disastrous law" and making it better with a "replacement" that would cover all Americans at a cheaper price tag.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) has been the law of the land for the past seven years, improving the lives of more than 30 million Americans that could not previously be insured.

In fact, the law has improved all health insurance policies across the board, including employer-based insurance because of the ten Essential Health Benefits (EHB) contained in Obamacare.

All policies are required to contain these EHBs, which includes the following: outpatient care, prescription drug coverage, speech-language pathology, psychiatric rehabilitation, emergency room treatment, physical and occupational therapy, maternity care, pediatric services, lab tests, treatment in the hospital for inpatient care, free preventative services (such as a breast mammogram and colonoscopy).

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