Reader View: The Affordable Care Act is working

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Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:00 pm

It is now four years since the Affordable Care Act was enacted. And in more than 30 years in government, I’ve never seen a law get so little recognition for doing so much good so quickly.

The right measure of the ACA isn’t whether it avoids political controversy, it’s whether it makes America better by achieving its five most fundamental goals: expanding health-insurance coverage; lowering costs and promoting fiscal responsibility; increasing quality through innovation; protecting seniors; and delivering peace of mind to American families by guaranteeing essential rights in dealing with insurance companies.

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:04 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    If lowering costs and expanding coverage are two of the measures of the success of Obamacare, then in my case it has failed. The affordable insurance policy that I liked and that I was promised I could keep has been cancelled as a direct result of Obamacare regulations.The most affordable replacement has a significantly higher premium, nearly twice the deductible, and higher co-pays, but it covers less. Thanks for nothing, Obamacare.


  • Peter Neal posted at 3:11 pm on Sun, Mar 30, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 281

    So now this paper is printing so - called "opinion pieces by paid hacks of the Obama administration; basically a regurgitated pile of cr#p laced with the standard left wing talking points. Of course, the ACA is for the "greater good", so despite the fact that it is another government program being forced down our throats by the "benevolent bureaucracy"

  • Peter Neal posted at 2:49 pm on Sun, Mar 30, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 281

    Then go live in Sweden - PLEASE.

  • John Curl posted at 1:24 pm on Sun, Mar 30, 2014.

    thecurlfamily Posts: 1

    That's not socialism--that's "doing the right thing", for people AND for the US economy.

    I think Dan Diamond, Managing Editor of The Advisory Board Company, in his July 7th, 2013 daily blog says it best:
    " 'Absolutely no slowdown' might undersell health care's power as a jobs-creating engine. Friday was the 119th straight month where the sector reported jobs growth, an unparalleled track record that spans two major health reforms and the Great Recession; since August 2003, health care has added 2.75 million jobs, nearly half of all new jobs created in the nation. Another way to think about that: Each time the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a monthly employment tracker, health care firms report they've added about 23,000 new jobs. Every month. For nearly ten years.
    When it comes to that kind of consistent job-creation...well, no other industry comes close. The trend shows no sign of abating, either. Health care gained more than 320,000 jobs in 2012—the sector's strongest year in five years."

    Fact check: "Each physician practicing in a rural community generates approximately $1 million a year for the community, hires on the average of 18 people directly or indirectly, and helps the community attract businesses and retirees." This from our own Dr. Art Kaufman and his distinguished UNM colleagues, in an article in Annals of Family Medicine (Jan 2010; 8(1): 73–81)

    Americans deserve the best public health AND medical care systems. We'll get there via health policy that's evidence-informed, cost-effective, and aligned with American values--like freedom and justice.

  • Bill Koehler posted at 6:20 am on Sun, Mar 30, 2014.

    bastiat Posts: 6

    Someone needs to learn economics. There is no way this law will lower cost. Without the use of force only an idiot would sign on to this nonsense. Even the Swedes are starting to understand the folly of socialism with it 77+% tax rates.


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