This, from the Brad Blog =====> By BRAD FRIEDMAN on 4/18/2014 3:16pm PT — http://bradblog.com
“As TPM’s Sahil Kapur summarized yesterday, after the President’s press conference announcing that 8 million had, to date, signed up for insurance plans via the state or federal exchanges, there are another 3 million young adults who are now allowed to stay on their parents plans; another 3 million Americans who now have access to health care via the Medicaid expansions of ACA and another 5 million who have signed up for non-exchange plans, according to the White House.
That’s 19 million who have obtained health care via the program to date. About 10 million or “way more” of them, according to several recent studies, did not have health insurance previously.
Another 5.7 million remain eligible for Medicaid coverage, but aren’t allowed to receive that health care because they live in states where Republicans have, grotesquely, denied those citizens, among the poorest in those states, access to the expanded program.
Moreover, a new report this week from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), “shows the law costing less than in previous estimates in part because of the broad and persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs,” according to theNew York Times. The new estimate finds that the law will lower the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next decade.
The reduced estimate is attributable mostly to the budget office’s cutting its projections of federal spending for subsidies for insurance premiums, with estimates falling by $3 billion for spending in 2014 and $164 billion over 10 years.
The budget office also issued projections that 12 million more nonelderly people would have insurance in 2014 than would have otherwise, rising to 26 million in 2017.
So those are fairly clear successes for the law, at least in regard to its main purpose: to help more people who could not receive it previously — for all sorts of reasons — obtain health care.”
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