More Americans Benefit from Obamacare Than They Realize

Drew Altman: A less appreciated reason the Affordable Care Act gets mixed reviews is “simply that many more people benefit from the ACA than may realize it.”

“More than half of Americans say the health reform law has had no impact on them or their family, Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Polls have found. As the chart above shows, that’s true of Democrats (60%), independents (54%), and Republicans (55%).”

“But the ACA benefits more people than say it has affected them and far more than the approximately 23 million more people who have signed up for a marketplace plan or Medicaid as a result of the law.”

“ACA-related insurance reforms affect many Americans, and these provisions are popular with the public. But as the Kaiser poll findings show, Americans don’t always connect the benefits with the law. It’s likely that many people just don’t know that the law is responsible for their free flu shot, or contraceptive coverage, or their ability to get coverage if they have a pre-existing condition. These new benefits are provided by insurers or employers without a promotional label reading ‘brought to you by the ACA.’”

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