Jonathan Cohn writes a lengthy piece assessing Obamacare’s “health” after one year. Cohn concludes that a careful review of the data show that, despite “real flaws and shortcomings … the available evidence suggests that the Affordable Care Act is working pretty much as its designers envisioned it would.”
“Critics can legitimately take issue with the law’s goals and principles. That’s a matter of philosophical preference, after all. Performance is another matter.”
Cohn: “Overall health care costs are rising at historically low rates.”
Cohn lists other facts that point to Obamacare’s overall success:
- More people have health insurance.
- People who are getting health insurance are almost certainly better off.
- “Winners” probably outnumbered “losers” in the new marketplaces.
- Premiums in the marketplaces aren’t rising quickly, and more insurers are jumping in to compete.
- Employer premiums also aren’t rising quickly.
- The net effect on the budget has been to reduce the deficit.