Friday, January 16, 2015
More Good News About Obamacare
Remember how the GOPers voted over 50 times to repeal the A.C.A. and now that they're in charge of Congress threaten to take insurance coverage away from millions and millions of American men, women, and children covered by the A.C.A. because TYRANNY!?
Remember how the hysterics in the GOP predicted that the A.C.A. would be the end of American civilization?
Well, here's some non-hysterical news that shows they were not dealing with reality, but playing the tired old political game of "Don't Give Support To Anything The Democratic President Is For Because _________________ (fill in the blank).
The following is bad news for the GOPers who vehemently opposed the A.C.A., and good news for President Obama, the Democrats, and Americans who struggled with health care costs and coverage:
BY TARA CULP-RESSLER
For the first time in a decade, the number of people struggling to pay their medical bills has started to decline, according to a new survey released on Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund. The researchers attributed the historic drop to the number of people gaining insurance under the health care reform law.
Between 2012 and 2014 — as Obamacare’s main coverage expansion took effect — the Commonwealth researchers found that the number of people who had issues paying for health treatment dropped from 41 percent to 35 percent.
Over the same time period, the people who skipped out on health services because they couldn’t afford them declined from 43 percent to 36 percent.
In a press release, the researchers described the declines as “remarkable.” This marks the first time since 2005, when Commonwealth started surveying people on these questions, that the number of Americans struggling to afford medical care hasn’t increased.
From The Commonwealth Fund survey:
New results from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014, indicate that the Affordable Care Act's subsidized insurance options and consumer protections reduced the number of uninsured working-age adults from an estimated 37 million people, or 20 percent of the population, in 2010 to 29 million, or 16 percent, by the second half of 2014.
Conducted from July to December 2014, for the first time since it began in 2001, the survey finds declines in the number of people who report cost-related access problems and medical-related financial difficulties.
The number of adults who did not get needed health care because of cost declined from 80 million people, or 43 percent, in 2012 to 66 million, or 36 percent, in 2014. The number of adults who reported problems paying their medical bills declined from an estimated 75 million people in 2012 to 64 million people in 2014.