By any non-political metric, ObamaCare is a major success

Obamacare Affordable Care Act health care reform

Say it loud and say it proud: ObamaCare is a major success, by any non-political measure that you care to use.

The latest confirmation of the success of ObamaCare comes from a new report by the highly respected and thoroughly nonpolitical RAND Corp. According to its new study, 16.9 million previously uninsured Americans now have health insurance as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act.

As RAND concludes after looking through the evidence:

“The ACA has greatly expanded health insurance coverage in the United States with little change in the source of coverage for those who were insured before the major provisions of the law took effect. Furthermore, the law has expanded coverage using all parts of the health insurance system, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid, and the newly created marketplaces.” 

By RAND’s count, that’s 16.9 million Americans with much-enhanced access to the health-care system. That’s 16.9 million Americans who can now pay their bills, with much less worry about being bankrupted by an illness or injury. (Many of the previously uninsured had pre-existing conditions that had made coverage unobtainable.)

Without a doubt, ObamaCare has saved many, many lives and improved many others. (The latest research suggests that it is now saving some 24,000 American lives annually.) In states that have accepted its assistance, it has also preserved an often rickety health-care-delivery system in rural areas and high-poverty urban areas.

And its critics?

  • They predicted it would destroy jobs and halt an economic recovery.
      Instead:

 

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  • They predicted it would lead to a huge jump in health-care costs. Instead, those costs have moderated significantly. In 2013, the last year for which we have data, health-care spending rose just 3.6 percent, well below the historic average. Health care consumed the same amount of GDP (17.4 percent) as in 2009. It’s hard to determine precisely what role the cost-control provisions of ObamaCare may have played in that moderation, but we know for certain that it has not created the huge cost increase predicted by its opponents.
  • They predicted that millions of Americans would lose employer-provided insurance as businesses dropped health-care coverage. Instead, the RAND study found that between September 2013 and February 2015, an additional 8 million Americans gained health insurance through their employer.
  • They predicted that employers would force millions of full-time workers into part-time status to avoid mandatory health-care coverage. Instead, the number of Americans who are working part-time but want full-time work has fallen by 2.5 million since 2010, a decrease of 27 percent.
  • They predicted that cost projections by the Congressional Budget Office used by policymakers to defend the program would prove spectacularly wrong. On that point, they were sadly correct. Sad for them, that is. Back in March 2010, the CBO projected that ObamaCare would cost $710 billion between 2015 and 2019. The latest CBO cost projection for those years is now $506 billion, a 29 percent DECREASE from initial projections.
  • They predicted that ObamaCare would force millions of Americans off their previous insurance plans, and cause millions of others to lose insurance altogether. Au contraire, says RAND: ” … the share of people losing coverage between 2013 and 2014 was no higher than the share of people who lost coverage in prior years.”

Furthermore, says RAND:

“One concern frequently cited by public officials and the media was that people may have lost individual market coverage as a result of plan cancellations. We found that the vast majority of those with individual market insurance in 2013 remained insured in 2015, which suggests that even among those who had their individual market policies canceled, most found coverage through an alternative source. Others who had their policies canceled may have become eligible for the ACA’s tax credits, potentially making Marketplace plans more affordable than their previous nongroup policies.”

Back in 2010, Nancy Pelosi famously noted that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy,” a statement that critics of the bill instantly twisted into something it was not.

What Pelosi clearly meant was that with all the political rhetoric, posturing, claims and counter-claims about the bill, with all the false outrage over “death panels,” etc., Americans would have to see the program actually implemented before they could judge whether it was the disaster that critics had predicted, or whether it represented the significant advance that its supporters promised.

That was five years ago. Some would have you believe that the “fog of controversy” still exists. It does not. The fog of controversy has been dispelled, and all we have left is people blowing smoke.

Say it loud and say it proud: ObamaCare is a major success, by any measure that you care to use.

 

 

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CardiganBoy
CardiganBoy

You're crowing about what everybody knew the law would do: provide insurance to the uninsured.  It's not fully implemented yet.  Say it with me.  It's not fully implemented yet.


Say it one more time.  


Then ask yourself at what cost to the rest of us?  We don't know yet because it's not fully implemented.  



juvenal
juvenal

illegals don't need insurance, they go to ERs with fake ID, so bills mean zilch........... 

juvenal
juvenal

@HeadleyLamar @juvenal Bookman wants them to get o'bomber care, but they don't need it-know an er nurse in Dalton, 80% of the pts. Hispanics with false id, never pay a centavo, costs go to $50 tylenol for those stupid enough to play by the rules-hosps not fixed at all by aca(rhymes with kaka).....how can you have an intelligent conversation with folks who think "fixing" something by 36% is something to be proud of-as i said earlier, makes a good batting average.....secure the ID of everyone here, doable......securing an umtpteen Kk, border, not so much.......

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

We were able to force 16.9 million people to take the only option available to them, aren't we grate?

Wena Mow Masipa How
Wena Mow Masipa How

@ Captain Obvious --


is your head really that far up your behind?  I like the Pats and Tom as well, but hero worship isn't something I'm very good at.  The NFL report is a cop-out and all.  And maybe other teams and QBs do the exact same thing. But to suggest that Tom is innocent here is absurd. You may as well go ahead and deny the science behind climate change.

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

Looks like Cam and the U.K. conservative party won big yesterday. A harbinger of 016 here in the U.S.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

With the drafting of Shane Ray, NFL confirms Michael Sam is target of homophobia:

The two men played the same position at the same school - Missouri. They played in the same system for the same head coach. At the same position at the same school in the same system under the same head coach, the two men - of nearly identical stature - performed nearly identically.

They even have their own "distractions" following them headed into the Draft. While Sam is gay, Ray has been charged with drug possession in the last week. Of course, to the NFL drug possession is no big deal. Being gay costs you at least three rounds in the Draft. 

skydog12
skydog12

@DebbieDoRight


The scouting services didn`t have Sam rated very high, even though he was SEC Def. player of the year. If there was a conspiracy/homophobia, it would include all the scouting services. Highly unlikly.

Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@DebbieDoRight Uh, Debbie?

Michael Sam WAS drafted, and whether we was drafted lower that he should have been or not due to being gay, it didn't affect his performance following the draft. He obviously didn't have what it takes to play at an NFL level, so maybe being drafted lower was accurate.

Take the win and move on.

LeninTime
LeninTime

Obama operative David Axelrod had worked closely with the Labour Party during the campaign, but the party suffered a historic rout tonight. Guess it didn't do the trick.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@LeninTime 

The Tories had their own hired gun, ex-Obama operative - Jim Messina

Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

The willfully ignorant are strong tonight.

But the truth is stronger.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

Father Michael PflegerPublic Figure · 62,226 Likes · Yesterday at 2:38pm · 

Today ESPN reported that New England Patriots most probably deliberately DEFLATED the balls in the AFC Championship Game......If this is true then shouldn't the New England Patriots lose their title as was done to the Jackie Robinson West Team???? but, oh that's right the JRW team was all Black....silly me!!!!!!!!


Pfleger lodged more criticism by saying millionaires haven’t punished the patriots like the JRW team was punished and he calls that unacceptable.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@DebbieDoRight Demwits luvs them some cheaters!  I would think you would want to give Brady a special trophy for thinking outside the box.  Try using an illegal player in high school and see what happens.  It's a clear cut rules that's been used for decades.  Thanks for bring race into it.


They do it in college too, but it's kind of stupid at that point.  Kind of like taking away Armstrong's TDF wins from over a decade ago.   One year the guy who finished 14th would have been declared the winner because everyone ahead of him had been busted for doping at one time or another.

Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@DebbieDoRight Did I claim the SBNation link was unbiased, Debbie?

Hint: No, I did not.

 But it certainly torpedoes the conclusions of the Wells report using their own report.

josef
josef

Okay...gotta run...no midnight oil...

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

Riddle me this The Jackie Robinson West Little League team was stripped of its Championship because ONE, (that's right ONE), kid lived outside of the boundaries of the district.........by 4 blocks.  Everyone was told that it was to "set an example" and all about "good sportsmanship".  Otay...

So, today we find out that Brady and gang KNEW all along that the balls were deflated, conspired to deflate the balls, and basically told everyone to eff off when they got caught.  

Will the New England Patriots be stripped of their title too?  I mean, We have to set an example; and it's all about good sportsmanship.........


DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@JKLtwo @DebbieDoRight -- This didn't JUST come out! This came out BEFORE the Superbowl.  Let's not forget facts and history for hype and blindness.

Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@DebbieDoRight You didn't actually read the report, Debbie, did you? Relied on what someone in the media told you, didn't you?

You're such a good little Gruber.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@Captain-Obvious @DebbieDoRight --  Oh goody! Cpt. Oblivious is here!  Just the a-hole I wanted to talk to tonight!!  Great!  Someone to take my anger out on!  Hey, did YOU read the fine print Sh%%%t4brains or did you depend on FAux news to read it to you?  

Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@DebbieDoRight @Captain-Obvious Read it. Here's the money quote on page 228:

“In sum, the data did not provide a basis for us to determine with absolute certainty whether there was or was not tampering as the analysis of such data ultimately is dependent upon assumptions and information that is not certain.”

So, how's THAT for proof?

The ONLY time Tom Brady discussed ANY issue regarding football inflation was when the REFS OVERINFLATED a game ball earlier in the season when the Pats played the Jets. It was determined that the ball was at 16 PSI, 2.5 PSI higher than league standards. He directed his equipment guys to make sure before every game that the Patriots footballs were to be inflated on the low side of the allowance; that being 12.5 PSI.

NO other discussions were found until AFTER the AFCCG, when he texted them with his concerns for their state of being.

None.

The Pats were ratted on by the GM of the Colts (a former Jet employee) to have the NFL look out for under-inflated footballs, and the refs didn't even bother to record the PSI when they checked them before the game!

So don't tell me that Tom Brady or the Patriots cheated.

You're not qualified.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@DebbieDoRight They are professionals, it's all about the money.  If they had a complaint they needed to address it when it happened.  Anything they do now is just an excuse for having lost.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@Captain-Obvious @DebbieDoRight --   If you want to know why they used "more probable than not," it's because that's the requirement for punishment.  HINT: THat's all they needed, probable cause.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@DebbieDoRight @JKLtwo Your going to lose your Demwit card talking like that.  Demwits never let facts get in the way of a good rant.

gotalife
gotalife

The only party that can do real reform is the Dem party.


Obamacare is the proof.


That leaves the people with only one choice for change.


President Hillary Clinton.


Debates over.


JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@gotalife Trot out a fossil and call it change.  


Is that like Baltimore needs change since the Democrats have been in control since the 50's.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

Whatever happened to the "Compassionate Conservative?"

It turned out that the traffic jam had been created to punish one man — Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, the Democratic mayor of a midsized, largely Democratic town — for not endorsing the 2013 re-election campaign of Gov. Christie.

Mind you, Sokolich did not endorse the Democrat in that campaign; he just failed to endorse Christie. Nor did he receive a full-court press to come out in favor of the governor. 

Yet that seems to be just what happened. According to prosecutors, Wildstein, along with Christie’s top man at the Port Authority, Bill Baroni, and the deputy chief of staff in the governor’s statehouse office, Bridget Anne Kelly, together conspired to punish Sokolich by causing a crippling traffic jam in his town that, according to my reporting, was supposed to last for a month. The three agreed not to take Sokolich’s calls for relief during this time. They ignored reports that ambulance crews and EMTs had to hop out of their vehicles to reach victims on foot because local streets were clogged. And, topping it all off, they agreed beforehand that the best way to maximize the pain in Fort Lee would be to launch this scheme on the first day of school. Fort Lee’s kids were stranded in traffic for hours, and when Kelly expressed regrets about how the operation might be affecting them, Wildstein told her that “they are the children of Buono voters.” That is, voters likely to support Christie’s Democratic opponent in his 2013 re-election campaign, state Sen. Barbara Buono.

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/why-chris-christie-isnt-out-of-the-woods-yet-new-118376495976.html

gotalife
gotalife

I don't think bibi coming here to speak to congress was smart It looked like desperation.

josef
josef

For those who were either crowing or cringing over Bibi's big time victory in the popular vote...have you seen the government he was finally able to cobble together at literally, the last hour?  His super majority has dwindled to a one vote margin in the Knesset...

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Goodnight.  


laborers pray to St. Joseph:


O Blessed Joseph who passed your life in the painful labors of a humble profession, 

We take you as our model and our protector.  

Obtain for us that we may bear patiently the pains and fatigues of our state

So that, like you, sanctifying our labors, we may merit a crown in heaven.  


Pax et bonum.  


.



Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Joe writes:


 What makes anyone an extremist?

Deep psychological problems stemming back to early childhood?


Makes Obama an extremist then:  Anyone read Dreams of My Father.  or Audacity of Hope?  

josef
josef

@Yes_Jesus_Can 

Perhaps.  Except he's not an extremist unless you consider him an extreme mediocre, and even there, imeoiaumgwpco, he's just mediocre mediocre...

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@josef @Yes_Jesus_Can


I agree with you.  I think there was actually a small group meeting, which included Bill and Hillary Clinton sevveral years backk (not a public meeting) which was reported to have said the same thing.  I remember a book about it I may have read.  It was called The Amateur about our sitting president.  

td1234
td1234

@josef "mediocre" as in intelligence or as in politics? 

td1234
td1234

@josef @td1234 I do not agree with you. A first term Senator came in and has become the sweetheart of the Conservatives in the party. Has he made a few mistakes along the way? Yes but he has a pretty good following that has also gave him more than $36 million in just a couple weeks.