Obamacare Prevented at Least 50,000 Deaths

The Washington Post fact checks President Obama’s claim that 50,000 have not died in hospitals because of the Affordable Care Act and finds it largely true.

“The 50,000 number is derived from a study, released on Dec. 2, 2014, by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an arm of the Department of Health and Human Services… The numbers might seem large, but the research seems solid, according to experts we consulted, and it is based on a review of an extensive database. The results likely reflect work that predated the ACA but at the same time the ACA has spurred even greater cooperation among hospitals. Since the president is using a figure more than a year old, it is likely understated — unless, of course, the interim number for 2013 turns out to be overstated.”

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  • fran grubbs

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  • Red Phillips

    I’ve read The WP since long before the “Pinocchio Test” came about, and I do not ever recall any statement receiving the elusive “Geppetto Checkmark”. Kudos to Obama!

    • apenland6

      I read this in several locations including the one stated. maybe you forgot your medication and lost a day! LOL

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  • Eric Segal

    The topic sentence confuses me. “50,000 did not die in hospitals.” What does that mean? Without Obamacare they would have died in hospitals, but with Obamacare they died somewhere else? That doesn’t seem right.
    Or maybe Without Obamacare they would have died in hospitals, but because of Obamacare they survived in hospitals? But that doesn’t make sense either: Obamacare did not improve hospital outcomes, it got more people into the hospitals, right?

    • mums

      Not worded well, I get it, HOWEVER; I will not allow you to cast your slant insidiously (you think) while blaming (covertly, ‘natch) either THE President of the United States Barack Obama, or the typesetter, or even the proofreader, which is how you guys roll. You know what it means, you see the numbers there, and I will not let you “pass” without first telling you that I know you torture facts. That’s right, the facts. Yes, you are one who tortures. The facts. To suit your own purpose. Cut it out.

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