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Editorial nails it: Affordable Care Act is an “overwhelming success” in NC

In case you missed it over the weekend, Raleigh’s News & Observer hit the nail on the head Sunday morning with this lead editorial entitled “The Affordable Care Act surpasses goals in NC”. Today’s Fitzsimon File “Monday Numbers” edition provides further confirmation. This is from the editorial:

“To hear the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina tell it, “Obamacare” is about the worst thing that ever happened to the people of America and certainly North Carolina. They’ll repeal and replace it, they say, or certainly repeal it, and leave consumers to the wonderful world of the free market….

But here’s the problem with the Republican rant. It has been outrun by Obamacare’s successes.

Medical costs are still growing, but the rate is slowing. The federal deficit, which Republicans predicted would explode under Obamacare, is dropping. Insurance premiums? Yes, they’ve increased for some policy holders, but as more younger, healthier people get insurance – which they’re required to do under the ACA or pay a fine – the expense for others will decline.

And the catastrophic “job killing” consequences of Obamacare that Republicans predicted? The federal Department of Labor said Friday that 288,000 jobs were created in April, a two-year high.

Yes, there were problems with the rollout of the insurance exchanges over HealthCare.gov last fall, and that was inexcusable. Once the online exchange got going, however, a catastrophe was averted.

In fact, in North Carolina, enrollments in health insurance surged to 357,000 as the eligibility deadline arrived. The state is now the fifth-highest in the nation in terms of the number of enrollments.

That’s all the more astonishing considering that Republicans in control of the General Assembly rejected the state’s participation in a cooperative health care exchange, leaving it all to the federal government, and turned down extension of Medicaid coverage to several hundred thousand more citizens, even though the federal government would have paid the costs.”

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One Comment


  1. Alex

    May 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    We’re giving away a shoddy product designed by insurers with high deductibles/copay and a limited network so they won’t have to pay out many dollars. Everyone else’s premiums will go up considerably, and we’re supposed to call this a success ?

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