April 18, 2016

WE'LL REFORM IT, NOT REPEAL IT:

Obamacare's Striking Effect on America's Least Fortunate (VIKAS BAJAJ,  APRIL 18, 2016, NY Times)

An analysis of Census data by the Times reporters Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff shows striking gains for many of the least privileged people in the country under the health reform law. For example, about 67 percent of Hispanics had health coverage in 2014, an increase of 7.2 percentage points from 2013. Native Americans, blacks, Asian Americans, high-school graduates and legal immigrants all saw big gains in coverage, too.

These are major gains and should be celebrated, especially considering the fact that the proportion of Americans who did not have health insurance had been rising for many years before the health reform law. Reversing that trend will undoubtedly be one of the most important parts of President Obama's legacy. And the gains in coverage have been achieved at a much lower cost than anticipated. Last month, the Congressional Budget Office said the total cost of health reform is about 25 percent less than the office had forecast when the law was signed.

Of course, they don't actually need the coverage they're getting, so the HSA/catastrophic plan will be an improvement.

Posted by at April 18, 2016 4:59 PM

  

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