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Has Obamacare been a success? – Yahoo! Voices

what’s happening

President Biden is always taken into account The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the massive health care reform commonly known as Obamacare, is considered a “big deal.”

Over the weekend, he celebrated the 14th anniversary of the bill’s signing, but instead of celebrating, he warned that the bill could be in jeopardy if it were to happen. donald trump regain the presidency.

In 2017, Trump was able to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal the Constitution by one vote in the Senate. “A broken mess” Health insurance reform bill passed by his predecessor. Although his efforts failed, he did manage to chip away at certain provisions of the law during his tenure. Still, the core of the ACA remains intact and has been further strengthened under the Biden administration.

President Trump has given mixed signals about whether repealing the ACA remains one of his goals. Late last year, he wrote, “Obamacare sucks!!!” And he said he is “seriously considering alternatives” if he becomes president again in 2016. another Post In real social. But on Tuesday he claimed He is not “running to repeal” the law, but instead to make it “much, much better for much less money.”

President Trump’s hedging may be in response to how much public opinion of the ACA has improved since Republicans tried to repeal it.Even among Republicans Worried They argued that criticism of Trump could hurt him and the party in the 2024 election.

Obamacare, passed in 2010, made major changes to how the U.S. health care system works. Prohibits insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, establishes a list of “essential health benefits” that must be covered, eliminates annual and lifetime spending caps, and helps patients find a health plan and expanded Medicaid eligibility to millions more people. – Americans with income are eligible for government-funded health insurance.

Opposition to Obamacare was one of the defining issues for the Republican Party in the early 2010s, and the Republican message – part of it. based on false claims The contents of the bill resonated with the public. In 2013, only one-third of Americans It was advantageous Views on Obamacare. Almost 60% of voters now approve the law.

Why is there a debate?

Although Obamacare appears to have ultimately been a positive for Democrats politically, there is still much debate about whether the ACA improved America’s health care system.

Supporters of Obamacare argue that it was a huge success in its primary goal of making health insurance more accessible.Since this law was passed, the percentage of Americans No health insurance It has decreased by more than half, breaking a record last year. 40 million people We obtained coverage through provisions created by the ACA. Supporters added that the law also eliminated some of the insurance industry’s most egregious practices.

Critics of Obamacare are quick to point out that the United States still spends: twice as many About health care—and what you get bad result — than in other wealthy countries.

Arguments as to why this is so vary based on political ideology. Conservatives argue that the ACA led to higher health care costs by narrowing consumer choice and taking away an important mechanism that insurance companies used to lower premiums. But critics on the left say Obamacare failed because it left the country’s for-profit health care industry alone, rather than establishing a truly universal system.

what’s next

Democrats see protecting Obamacare as a winning message in the upcoming election, but Republicans’ apparent reluctance to take on the topic will likely raise concerns about the degree to which the issue resonates with voters when they vote in November. may be limited.

Outlook

Expanding coverage isn’t enough when people can’t afford health care

“Above all, one thing is clear: ACA supporters fail to recognize that increased access to health insurance is not simply the same as access to affordable health care. Yes, Americans deserve better.” — Brian Gomez CT mirror

The ACA would have been more effective if Republicans hadn’t spent a decade weakening it.

“Not everyone who wants insurance can get it, and many who do have insurance still struggle with out-of-pocket costs. Some of these challenges are due to flaws in the draft of the ACA. Others are the result of relentless Republican obstructionism.” — Katherine Rampel washington post

Obamacare is far from perfect, but our lives are still better because of it.

“Without an alternative health care system that Republicans never proposed, the old system in which individual market health plans were empowered to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or charge higher premiums. will be back.” — Michael Hiltzik Los Angeles Times

The ACA is actually so effective that Republicans had to make up criticisms

“Conservatives have spent years attacking Obamacare for a series of mostly imaginary design flaws. None of these predictions came true. In fact, health care costs are much lower than the law’s authors predicted.” — Jonathan Chait new york magazine

Under the ACA, you pay more for the same quality of insurance

“The reality is that Obamacare increases health care costs while providing little tangible benefit to patients.” — Editorial, wall street journal

Obamacare should not be repealed, but it should be significantly scaled back.

“Now that Obamacare is here to stay, it would be inappropriate to frame the story in terms of root-to-branch ‘repeal.’ Instead, Republicans will seek a more decentralized, patient-centered, and efficient health care system. We should aggressively repeal aspects of health care law that prevent us from achieving this.” — Editor, national review

The ACA’s coercive government intervention has made health care even more unaffordable.

“Nobody will believe any politician who claims that new government-mandated regulations, new car features, and amenities will lower car prices. New features and amenities may be great, and they may make cars safer. But cars will cost more. And this increase will drive some people out of the market. Same goes for health insurance. Government insurance mandates are costly. And Many missions come with a high cost.” — Merrill Matthews, the hill

Americans have less power to decide which health insurance is best for them

“Big government is big business’ home game. Obamacare means consumers will have fewer choices.” — Timothy P. Carney washington examiner

Reforms that leave for-profit insurance intact are bound to fail.

“Half a century of such well-intentioned piecemeal policies has made it clear that continuing this approach is a triumph of hope over experience. …The only solution is automatic Free, basic, and universal coverage.” — Ryran Einav and Amy Finkelstein, new york times

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