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Yes, Obamacare is a Success

When the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as
Obamacare was under consideration there was an unrelenting partisan attack
against both the proposed legislation and the president who proposed it. We
were told that millions would lose insurance coverage, that the cost of medical
care would skyrocket, and that government bureaucrats would be interfering with
the health care relationship between us and our physicians. We were told that
death panels would be making decisions to end the life of the elderly and
infirm. We were told all sorts of things that were so ridiculous that I cannot
recall them. The fact is we were told lies. Interestingly and importantly none
of these things have occurred. The Affordable Care Act was designed to increase
the extent of medical insurance coverage and the corresponding access to health
care permitted by insurance coverage. The Affordable Care Act was also designed
to slow the growth of health care costs. While it is true that there were
initial technical glitches in its rollout, now a year after people could begin
to enroll, and still only months after the initiation of most of its provisions
it is clearly apparent that it is doing just what it was designed and
implemented to do. Yes, the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, is a success.

A study released this past summer by the Commonwealth Fund found that the number of uninsured people has notably
diminished. During the third quarter of 2013 (before ACA) twenty percent of
adult Americans between sixteen and sixty-four lacked health insurance.
  During the second quarter of 2014 after just
the first open enrollment period the percent of uninsured has dropped to
fifteen.

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