ObamaCare is legal and is apparently working as intended to cover people who would otherwise not have healthcare insurance. The question about the extent to which it is working and how efficiently and effective it is working remains to be answered. The fact is it is a legal statute as declared by the U.S. Supreme Court twice upon challenge.
That means that the Republicans who sought to recall the law through court action have failed. Because they oppose the law without providing any substitute to address the considerable needs makes them appear to be socially irresponsible.
Is ObamaCare working?
So far it is working.
“Proponents of Obamacare point to such things as the roughly 10 million newly insured as well as the growth in the number of insurers offering plans through the law’s health insurance exchanges this year, which should mean competition and choice go up and premiums are held in check. What’s more, the much-maligned federal web portal, healthcare.gov, which had a disastrous debut in the initial enrollment period, now appears to be functioning somewhat more smoothly. An analysis carried out by a team of New York Times reporters in October found that the law “has largely succeed in delivering” on its main promises, including “reduc[ing] the number of Americans without health insurance” and (thanks to federal subsidies) “lower[ing] costs for most people.” Notably, the majority of people who have purchased insurance through the exchanges reported being pleased with their coverage.”
However, critics say that a second shoe will drop next year. They anticipate the prices will go up and quality will go down. They anticipate that because customers won’t aggressively shop for plans, they may get stuck with deficient products. Those are hypotheticals.
Will voters know or realize the problem before, during, or after Election 2016?
The fact is that trying to repeal ObamaCare aka the Affordable Care Act is and was a waste of time. ACA is a stop gap law that rides on the existing system to address certain deficiencies but it does not produce a universal healthcare system for U.S. systems and does not reduce costs to make it competitive in the world while ensuring high quality care. Therefore, there remains a need to improve healthcare in America by one of several means:
- Government solution
- Private solution
- Government and Private solution
Congress and the President can lead solution development, so let’s hear concrete problem assessments accompanied by concrete solutions.
“John Green pauses, five years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, to consider what we know so far about the law’s effectiveness and repercussions.”