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White House Touts Idaho Statistics In Defending Obamacare


The White House, growing increasingly anxious about growing pushback on Obamacare, came out this morning with specifically-targeted talking points for each state—including Idaho—why repealing the Affordable Care Act would "raise costs and strip protections from Idaho families."

"In Idaho, the benefits of the health care law are real," reads the White House statement.

Among the Obama administration's arguments are:

-367,000 individuals on private insurance have gained coverage for at least one free preventative health care service, such as a mammogram, birth control or an immunization in 2011 and 2012. In the first eleven months of 2013, an additional 111,400 people with Medicare have received at least one preventative service at no out of pocket cost.

-Up to 662,000 individuals with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, cancer or diabetes—including up to 99,000 children—will no longer have to worry about being denied coverage because of their health status or history.

-In the past year, insurance companies have sent rebates averaging $152 per family to approximately 28,000 consumers.

- In the first 10 months of 2013, 12,100 seniors and people with disabilities have saved on average $701 on prescription medications.

But Republicans in Congress have tried—and failed—to repeal the Affordable Care Act on more than 40 occasions.

"It’s time for Republicans in Congress to stop refighting old political battles over health care," reads the White House statement. "The real cost of repeal will hit home for many hardworking families in Idaho.