The number of uninsured people in the United States has dropped by the millions thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Just how many depends on how you count and who’s counting. Whether the number is 9.7 million (according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index) or 16.4 million (according to the Obama administration), that’s still millions of people who have been able to get health insurance who didn’t have it before.
So, for all of the Republican rhetoric about repealing the law, they will have to deal with millions of people who would lose their coverage altogether.
Reasons for cautious optimism on the future of Medicare: Medicare trustees are now projecting solvency through 2030. We still have a lot of work to do to fix all that is wrong with Medicare, and there’s no time like the present. But it’s nice to know the Affordable Care Act is working for Medicare!
With only a few days left to go before the March 31 deadline, there was real cause for concern that enrollment on the health insurance exchanges would not come anywhere close to the goal of 7 million enrollees. After all, between October 1 and March 21, fewer than 6 million Americans had enrolled. Some had revised the goals down to 6 million…a major blow. But more than 1 million Americans jumped on, as they often do, at the last minute, enabling the exchanges to exceed the original goal of 7 million. It just goes to show that it’s human nature to procrastinate.