So What Exactly Is the ACA/Obamacare Doing?

The CDC has been asking people “During the past 12 months, has medical care been delayed for [person] because of worry about the cost?” and “During the past 12 months, was there any time when [person] needed medical care, but did not get it because [person] couldn’t afford it?” Here’s what they’ve found over the last decade:


The good news is that this is lower than I would have expected. The bad news is it doesn’t seem the ACA has done much when compared to the effect of the economy.

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4 Responses to So What Exactly Is the ACA/Obamacare Doing?

  1. Reblogged this on The Grey Enigma.

  2. An interesting, linked, question would be whether the dearth of fiances that led to the decison to delay / forgoe treatment was associated with the payment of premiums or penalties for the ACA-mandates themselves. I suspect that this is in play based on the murmers I hear from folks: Premiums are up, coverages are down, deductibles are up. Thus, changes to med coverage:costs in the post ACA era are an incentive to pay more and use less. A real winner all around (unless you are an insurer). The obfuscating effect of the condition of the economy is something I had not figured in my guess.

  3. Felicis says:

    ACA premiums are cheaper than getting individual coverage prior to the passage of the ACA. A lot cheaper. However – the difference is largely in the deductible – bronze plans have an average deductible (from a quick google) of $8700 – sure, you have insurance, but it’s not going to help you most of the time, so it’s almost like not having insurance, except you have to pay a premium, and it will help you in case of a catastrophic health issue, but not with, say, a broken arm.

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