…and if you aren’t a posturing republican politician you understand.

The Democratic Policy Committee issued a report on the benefits of health care reform, state by state:

The Benefits of Health Reform In Missouri (pdf)

Together, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act will ensure that all Missourians have access to quality, affordable health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office has determined that these two bills are fully paid for, will bend the health care cost curve, and will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the next ten years with further deficit reduction in the following decade. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act will reduce the cost of health care for the middle class, ensure health security to seniors, and provide tax credits to small businesses and individuals to further reduce the cost of health coverage…

…Key Benefits for Missouri

Provide tax credits for up to 79,900 Missouri small businesses to help make coverage more affordable. [HealthReform.gov, accessed 3/20/10]

Prohibit insurance companies from excluding coverage of pre-existing conditions for the 1.4 million children in Missouri, starting this year. [U.S. Census Bureau, 1/7/10]

Close the “donut hole” and improve other Medicare benefits for 961,000 Missouri seniors. [HealthReform.gov, accessed 3/20/10]

Reduce Medicare premiums for the 779,000 Missouri seniors who are not enrolled in Medicare Advantage and will no longer subsidize these private insurance plans. [Senate Finance Committee]

Ensure affordable coverage options for 790,000 Missourians who are uninsured and 335,000 Missourians who purchase health insurance through the individual market. [HealthReform.gov, accessed 3/20/10]

Ensure immediate access to affordable insurance options for as many as 94,581 uninsured Missourians who have a pre-existing condition. [staff estimate using Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 4/09 and HealthReform.gov, accessed 3/20/10]

Provide tax credits for up to 516,000 Missourians to help make health insurance more affordable, bringing $8.4 billion in premium and cost-sharing tax credits into Missouri during the first five years of the health insurance Exchange. [HealthReform.gov, accessed 3/20/10; Senate Finance Committee]

Reduce family health insurance premiums by $1,640 – $2,350 for the same benefits, as compared to what they would be without health reform by 2016. [Senate Finance Committee estimate based on CBO, 11/30/09]

Provide access to Medicaid for 385,388 newly-eligible Missourians, and provide $8.2 billion in federal funding for the cost of their coverage. [Urban Institute, 1/25/10; Senate Finance Committee]

Create 4,900 – 7,800 jobs by reducing health care costs for employers. [U.S. Public Interest Research Group, 1/20/10]

Allow 559,567 young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans. [U.S. Census Bureau, 1/7/10]

Provide more federal funding for 180 Community Health Centers in Missouri. [National Association of Community Health Centers, 2009]….

The lunatic fringe right, however, doesn’t get it either, and breaks windows.