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One slide explaining health reform in North Carolina

We hear from opponents of health reform that it is a revolutionary government takeover, that it will upend the way we buy insurance, that our freedoms are evaporating. Below is a slide assembled by the NC Department of Insurance from an actuarial report on sources of insurance coverage in the state before and after health reform for those younger than 65. Not quite the restructuring of our economy that some are decrying.

You can see that the uninsured rate is cut by a little more than half. Some of those folks will get Medicaid. Other uninsured residents will purchase individual coverage now because they are no longer excluded from the market due to a preexisting condition. And that’s about it. Large group coverage will expand a bit; small group coverage remains about the same; other sources of insurance such as TRICARE are unaffected. Click on the image to see a larger version.

3 Comments

  1. Sigle payer Action

    March 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    can Medicaid handle a big influx of childless adults?

  2. Occupy HealthCare

    March 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    today’s press release from PNHP that has been blacked out by the FOG* media

    http://www.pnhp.org/news/2012/march/pnhp-statement-on-the-supreme-court-deliberation-of-the-affordable-care-act

    *Forces of Greed

  3. Alex

    March 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Someone is delusional if they think group coverage will expand- more and more employers will drop expensive coverage and opt for the penalty. Baptist Hospital system is already considering dropping health coverage for employees. In the end , the government will have to subsidize many more people than estimated.