Gallup - which is a respected survey organization, indicates that under The Affordable Care Act- the number of insured Americans has increased by more than 10 million.
On the other hand to believe the likes of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who states that the law is beyond repair and backs that up with manifestly bogus and dishonest assertions?
AdvertisementThe Affordable Care Act has accomplished one of its goals which was to increase the percentage of Americans who have health insurance coverage.
For ideologues like Ryan, this all translates into a "fundamentally broken" law. In an op-ed in Wednesday's USA Today (bad timing), Ryan writes, "Congress can't save Obamacare with a few tweaks."
Because the facts and figures don't support his conclusion, Ryan has no choice but to offer fabricated complaints. Right off the bat, he writes: "The law takes power away from patients and hands it to bureaucrats."
The Americans have been manipulated by bureaucrats working for insurance carriers for years now and have been denied coverage for people with pre-existing illnesses. The Affordable Care Act has eliminated all these terms.
Ryan rakes up the cancellation of 2.6 million policies. He does not mention that this was so due to noncompliance with the ACA norms. According to a study by the Urban Institute, half the people were eligible for subsidies and low-cost replacement insurance. Approximately 1 million Americans had to pay full premiums - with more comprehensive benefits.
"Obamacare lets bureaucrats decide what insurance plans must cover," Ryan writes. "And it adds a whole host of new taxes and fees that drive up the cost of care."
Yes. The law dictates what insurance plans must cover; it mandates, in fact, that insurance actually offer value by meeting minimum benefit standards.
In fact Americans who have not had affordable insurance earlier - now can afford it due to subsidies when they are eligible for them. The Department of Health and Human Services calculates that 87% of the enrollees who chose a health plan via the government's healthcare.gov exchange are eligible for subsidies. These are people, plainly, who don't figure in Ryan's estimate of the costs and benefits of Obamacare.
Source: Michael Hiltzik
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