With all of the bad news dominating the threads, how about we provide something that is a bit more positive. U.S. health officials announced Tuesday that a reduction in premiums and an easing of standards for the federally administered Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will allow more Americans to get health insurance. Premiums under the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, will drop as much as 40 percent in 18 states. And standards for eligibility will be eased in 23 states and Washington, D.C., said officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). - U.S. Makes It Easier to Get Insurance With Pre-Existing Conditions - US News and World Report Although many people have their problems with the Affordable Care Act for their own personal reasons, whether it be due to the mandate or lack of a Public Option, whether it went far enough (or just because they just hate anything the government does), this is relatively good news. As being an asthmatic since a young child, I know first hand how hard it can be to get decent coverage. It's a small step, but at least one in the right direction for many people in this country.