When it comes to looking at the success or failures of Obamacare, the government and other agencies likes to use numbers and stats to help support their claims. When the government wants to shine a positive light on the reform law, they utilize statistics demonstrating how many individuals now have insurance that didn’t before. On the flip side, critics report on numbers showing how many Americans still remain uninsured.
Is the number of insured Americans the only way to measure Obamacare’s success? There are several more aspects of the law that may go undetected, and sometimes even unreported. In a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, the survey asked participants if they felt they had been affected by Obamacare. Regardless of their political affiliation, more than half reported that there was no impact on their personal lives due by the health care reform law. Experts believe that this thought process is due to a lack of understanding of the law.
Although the ultimate goal was to provide insurance options to those who previously could not afford it, there are many other aspects of ACA that have positively affected Americans even if they don’t realize it.
- Eliminating Coverage Denial due to Pre-Existing Medical Conditions: Insurance companies can no longer reject clients or raise their premium because of their health ailments.
- Required Coverage of Preventative Care: Flu shots and annual doctor visits are now covered by all plans to encourage people to stay on top of their health and regularly visit the doctor.
- Lifetime Cap Removal: The law has revoked plans’ right to set a maximum on insurance benefits, which is especially beneficial to those with long-term illnesses.
These are three major developments that have come from the ACA law, and just because they are not reported on as often, Americans don’t associate these with the law.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Americans have seen more benefits then expected from Obamacare?