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31 March 2014 - Obamacare today and tomorrow

Publié par Clifford Armion le 31/03/2014


Obamacare has led to health coverage for millions more people

Noam N. Levey (The Los Angeles Times)
WASHINGTON — President Obama's healthcare law, despite a rocky rollout and determined opposition from critics, already has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century, national surveys and enrollment data show.
As the law's initial enrollment period closes, at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage. Some have done so through marketplaces created by the law, some through other private insurance and others through Medicaid, which has expanded under the law in about half the states.
The tally draws from a review of state and federal enrollment reports, surveys and interviews with insurance executives and government officials nationwide.
The Affordable Care Act still faces major challenges, particularly the risk of premium hikes next year that could drive away newly insured customers. But the increased coverage so far amounts to substantial progress toward one of the law's principal goals and is the most significant expansion since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
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Reactions

Sen. Coburn: Obamacare cuts choices, not costs
Tom Coburn (USA Today)
Obamacare supporters are touting reports that 6 million Americans bought insurance on exchanges as evidence the plan is moving in the right direction. But these numbers are misleading. If anything, they show that Obamacare's greatest challenges are yet to come.
OUR VIEW: Don't pull the plug
Of these enrollees, as many as 89% were previously insured. Helping 5 million Americans re-enroll in insurance is no great achievement, particularly when many of those customers were forced to give up plans they liked.
For everyone else, costs continue to skyrocket. President Obama promised to lower health premiums by $2,500 per family, but premiums have increased by more than that since Obamacare passed. The costs of deductibles and premiums — big, out-of-pocket expenses — have soared more than 40% in only one year. Premiums will likely increase even more because young, healthy people aren't enrolling fast enough to offset the costs of covering older, sicker patients.
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Tomorrow

Democrats, Republicans prepare for new round of battles over health-care law
Juliet Eilperin, Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashekhar (The Washington Post)
The first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ends at midnight Monday, closing one chapter on President Obama’s landmark health-care law and paving the way for a new round of confrontations that could ultimately determine the law’s long-term prospects.
Supporters face an array of political, financial and legal challenges in the coming months. Democrats and insurance industry officials are already seeking ways to blunt what may be the next big controversy: an expected increase in monthly insurance premiums next year for the health plans sold through the federal and state marketplaces.
Republicans, meanwhile, continue to use the law to attack vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the midterm elections, which will decide whether the GOP wins control of the Senate.
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Context

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
Staff writers (The Los Angeles Times)
A collection of news and information related to Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) published by this site and its partners.
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"31 March 2014 - Obamacare today and tomorrow", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2014. Consulté le 04/06/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2014/31-march-2014-obamacare-today-and-tomorrow