- The eventual closing of the gap, known as the donut hole, in the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan benefit. (The Plan was signed into law by President Bush in 2003.) This was heartless.
- No more lifetime limits on coverage.
- No cutting off coverage for people who get sick.
- Increased payments to providers from Medicaid.
- Less discrimination for pre-existing conditions. I don't really understand this one, though. It looks like insurance companies can still refuse to cover someone, causing that someone to have to buy special coverage through a high-risk program. Murky.
Obama speaking after the vote:
"So this isn’t radical reform. But it is major reform. This legislation will not fix everything that ails our health care system. But it moves us decisively in the right direction. This is what change looks like."