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10 million reasons that Obamacare is a success

Winston Churchill famously stated that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” One is increasingly tempted to offer the same assessment of Obamacare.

Is it flawed and messy? Absolutely. Could we call envision a scenario in which each of us — acting as philosopher kings — could craft a better system? Sure.

But when it gets down to the nitty-gritty of making something work in a huge, complex and wildly diverse nation, the following AP story tells you what you need to know about Obamacare on July 24, 2014:

A new study estimates that more than 10 million adults gained health insurance by midyear as the coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s law took hold in much of the country.

The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the share of Americans ages 18 to 64 without insurance dropped by a little more than 5 percentage points.

States that embraced the law’s Medicaid expansion saw significant coverage gains among low-income uninsured people. About half the states have expanded.

The law offers subsidized private insurance for middle-class people who don’t have access through their jobs and expanded Medicaid for low-income adults.

The latest study results are in line with findings by Gallup and with estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.

Read the AP article by clicking here.

 

4 Comments

  1. Alex

    July 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I guess we’ll have to subtract these 4 million from any success story judging by this article:

    “The Obama administration is coming under fire for once again making a unilateral change to ObamaCare — this time, quietly exempting the five U.S. territories and their more than 4 million residents from virtually all major provisions of the health care law.
    The decision was made a week ago, and was a long time coming. For months, the territories have been complaining that the law was implemented so poorly in their regions that it destabilized their insurance markets.
    Until now, the Department of Health and Human Services claimed its hands were tied. But last Wednesday, the department reversed course.
    The about-face has some questioning the department’s authority to suddenly grant 4.1 million Americans an out from ObamaCare. It follows a cascade of prior unilateral actions delaying and nixing parts of the law for certain groups — actions which in part prompted House Republicans to launch a lawsuit against President Obama challenging his use of executive power.

  2. Pertains!

    July 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    “Territories”? None of those in a few decades but
    I agree we are backing up with most of the new legislative the Senate would like to shove through….

  3. Alex

    July 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Seems like most folks are not as thrilled about Obamacare as Rob thinks !

    “The number of Americans that Obamacare’s hurting is double the amount it’s helping, according to a Wednesday CNN poll.
    Thirty-five percent of adult American respondents said they’re worse off under the auspices of Obamacare, while just 18 percent say they’re better off. While a plurality of Americans think the health care law hasn’t had much of an effect on them so far, the feeling that the health care law is hurting families is far more prevalent.
    When asked whether Obamacare’s helped other families, the results were just as bleak. Forty-four percent of respondents said Obamacare “has not helped anyone in the country,” while 35 percent said it’s probably made other families better off.
    In general, 59 percent oppose Obamacare as a policy, while 40 percent favor the health care law. The percentage of voters opposed to Obamacare is up slightly from March, the last time CNN conducted the poll, but opposition has grown slightly on average since the health care exchanges opened.

  4. Alan

    July 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

    How can those 10 million people all be so wrong?