Monday, April 13, 2015

Obamacare WORKS! Don't take it away!

Despite the loud opposition to Obamacare, it's obviously working: Polls are reporting the lowest uninsured rate yet.

Uninsured Rate Gets Lower And Lower, Thanks To Obamacare

The proof is in the numbers:
Some of the increase in the proportion of Americans with health coverage likely is related to the improving job market, and the health benefits provided by employers, Gallup notes. But the pollsters conclude that Obamacare is mostly responsible for the current trend because the uninsured rate is lower than it was in early 2008, when the economy was in recession...

Were more states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, the uninsured rate would fall more sharply, as it did in Indiana earlier this year. Previous surveys showing state-by-state numbers illustrate that Obamacare's effect on the uninsured is diminished by states' refusal to expand Medicaid.
Of course, the lawsuit before the Supreme Court could wreck all of that:

The Supreme Court is slated to rule in June on a lawsuit, King v. Burwell, that claims the Affordable Care Act's subsidies can only be provided in 13 states and the District of Columbia, which operate their own health insurance exchange marketplaces, not in the federally run exchanges in the rest of the country.

A high court ruling for the plaintiffs would invalidate the subsidies received by more than 85 percent of exchange enrollees and destabilize the insurance markets in states with federal exchanges. The Rand Corp. estimates this would result in 9.6 million people becoming uninsured.
If you ask me, that's scary -- 9.6 million people becoming insured as a result of some Republican vendetta against Obamacare.  I am proud to be in one of those 13 states with state-run exchanges, but scared for the rest of the nation if the June ruling goes south.

Fingers crossed that the courts will find in favor of Obamacare...

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