Thursday, August 13, 2015

ObamaCare doing good thank you

The Affordable Care Act is doing good. But if you are in a
red-state that has been fighting it then you are more likely
going un-supported without help to cover the cost.
And you are on hard times paying your premiums
without medicaid expansion to help you.

But the other states that have medicaid expansion are doing
well. Things will get better in red states more will get expansion
to help lower income people that fall in the cracks.
That's why many are hurting, they have no help!
Give it time everyone else is doing good it will get to
your red-state!

~~~~~'Obamacare' opponents fall on hard times
If you’re desperately waiting for the Affordable Care Act to fail,
and for the entire Obamacare-based American system to collapse,
this week must be crushing.

The number of people without health insurance has declined by 15.8
million since ObamaCare’s coverage expansion took effect, according
to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The National Health Interview Survey finds that the number of uninsured
people has declined from 44.8 million in 2013, before ObamaCare’s
coverage expansion took effect, to 29 million in the first quarter
of 2015. The uninsured rate fell from 14.4 percent in 2013 to 9.2 percent
in 2015, according to the CDC.

To be sure, it’s an arbitrary threshold, but the fact that the uninsured
rate has dropped to single digits is both encouraging and historic since
public officials began keeping track, it’s never been this low in
the United States.

Looking closer at the data, note that the CDC data is based on surveys
conducted between January and March. In the five months since then,
it’s likely the uninsured rate has improved a little more
Charles Gaba pegs the figure at about 8.8%.

And this wasn’t the only bit of good news. NBC News reported that the
latest figures from the National Center for Health Statistics pointed to
fantastic news on expansion of the availability of coverage, and a
new report from the Rand Corporation research group found
similar results.

Also this week, new evidence makes clear that the ACA has not undermined
job growth, further disproving one of the key Republican talking points
on health care.

At a certain point, at least some opponents of the law should probably
say to themselves, “We fought the good fight, but the darn thing
is working.”

The Affordable Care Act’s principal goal was to bring health security
to those who lacked it, and on this front, Obamacare is a great success.
it’s not the only metric that helps prove the system’s efficacy.

Customer satisfaction rates are excellent. Medicaid expansion is on track.
The ACA is becoming more popular. Even the ACA’s price tag is lower
than expected;

At last week’s big Fox News debate for the Republican presidential
candidates, Obamacare barely came up – which only helped reinforce
the fact that the controversy surrounding the law has lost its
political potency.

When conservatives condemn the system as some kind of horrible failure,
the appropriate response is laughter, not scorn.

~~~~~Despite GOP opposition, ‘Obamacare’ continues to expand
For much of the year, policymakers were in a holding pattern when it came to the 
Affordable Care Act. The health care system continued to improve, and consumers 
continued to benefit, but officials were hesitant about adopting major changes, unsure 
what the Supreme Court might do to the law.

That period, of course, is now behind us. The court case is over; the system is intact; 
and “Obamacare” expansion is back on track. Take yesterday’s developments in Alaska, 
for example. The NBC affiliate in Anchorage reported:
"Gov. Bill Walker has announced unilateral plans to expand Medicaid in Alaska, after the 
state Legislature stymied his attempt to pass it during this year’s regular session and a 
special session he subsequently called."
Ordinarily, when a state legislature balks at a legislative proposal, governors can’t simply 
adopt a statewide policy unilaterally. But Alaska’s Gov. Walker a former Republican who 
ran as an Independent with a Democratic running mate told reporters that state law
empowers him to move forward with Medicaid expansion, with or without lawmakers’

“This is the final option for me – I’ve tried everything else,” the governor said He added, 
“Thousands of Alaskans and more than 150 organizations, including
chambers of commerce, local hospitals, and local governments, have been waiting
long enough for Medicaid expansion. It’s time to expand Medicaid so thousands
of our friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family members don’t have to make the
choice between health care or bankruptcy.”

The Alaska Dispatch News added, “Walker’s decision to expand Medicaid without
legislative approval is not common but it’s also not without precedent.”
Barring a reversal in the courts, Alaska will be the 30th state to accept
Medicaid expansion through the ACA, and while estimates vary on the number of
beneficiaries, the move will reportedly expand health security to roughly 42,000
working-class Alaskans.

As for health care opponents, the KTUU report added, “Online opposition to Walker’s 
announcement came quickly, in a harsh assessment from the Alaska branch of 
conservative organization Americans for Prosperity.”
That’s not surprising, though it’s clear the Alaska governor was more concerned with 
state finances and health security than whether or not the Koch-backed group was
pleased with his policy.

The same thing happened in Montana a few months ago AFP did everything it
could to derail Medicaid expansion in Big Sky Country, but the policy prevailed
anyway. The right probably doesn’t want to hear this, but conservatives should
prepare for similar defeats soon. There will no doubt be some holdouts and
dead-enders, but in time, the arithmetic and common sense in this debate
are undeniable.

As we’ve discussed before, those who continue to argue that states should reject the
policy out of partisan spite regardless of the benefits for families, regardless of the needs
of state hospitals, regardless of the effects on state finances are facing headwinds
that are only growing stronger.
States can only hurt themselves on purpose for so long before the madness ends.
~~~~~This map shows the stark difference between states that have embraced 
Obamacare and those rejecting it  
Overall, the seven states with the biggest drops in their uninsured rates both expanded
the federal Medicaid program and chose to run their own insurance exchanges or have
a partnership with the federal government.

Meanwhile, there's only one state where more than 20% of its residents remain uninsured:
Texas, where Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Rick Perry (R) has made his
opposition to the law a key part of his campaign plank.

"Collectively, the uninsured rate in states that have chosen to expand Medicaid and set up
their own state exchanges or partnerships in the health insurance marketplace has declined
significantly more since 2013 than the rate in states that did not take these steps,"
Gallup's Dan Witters wrote.

"The uninsured rate declined 7.1 points in the 22 states that implemented both of these
measures by Dec. 31, 2014, compared with a 5.3-point drop across the 28 states that
had implemented only one or neither of these actions."

The National Center for Health Statistics also reported on Wednesday that more than
7 million people who didn't have health insurance last year gained coverage this year.
About 9.2% of people of all ages, the report said, still do not have health insurance.

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