Though it may feel that way when we receive a chunk of change from our tax deductibles this time of year, there is no such thing as free money. If that were true, I would have my own personal ice cream truck, and Lorde might not have a Grammy winning single about how we’ll never be royals. In all seriousness, if this were true, millions of people would likely just be trying to cover basic needs. While the Affordable Care Act is hardly “free money,” as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius explained, its intention is to provide health care for Americans who would not otherwise be able to take care of their health or that of their family members. The deadline to apply to receive aid from the act is March 31, and the Obama administration claims that five million people have already applied. Still have questions? Check out the input from United States Secretary of Health and Human Services below, and be sure to visit healthcare.gov.
“If you work for Ford Motor Company, if you work for a big employer, if you work for the federal government, if you’re a member of Congress, you’ve always had your employer pay a portion of your health costs,” Sebelius explained. “If you’re in a small business, if you run your own business, if you’re in a farm family… you often are on your own… What the new law does is say, ‘You can qualify for a plan, like you’re in a big group,'” Sebelius said.