Health Care

74% of Republicans Happy with Insurance Under ACA

Much to House Republicans’ dismay, the Affordable Care Act continues to ride a wave of good news as more Americans experience the many benefits of the health care law. Today’s New York Times editorial reports on a recent survey showing how the Affordable Care Act is leading to fewer uninsured Americans – and that Americans who obtained insurance under the Affordable Care Act are happy with it:

“The survey, sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund, a research group that tracks health care reform, conducted phone interviews with some 4,400 working-age adults around the country from April 9 to June 2, shortly after the first open enrollment period ended. It found that 78 percent of the newly insured were either very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their new insurance. That included 73 percent of those who bought private health plans and 84 percent who signed up for Medicaid.”

It seems that once enrolled, whatever uncertainties or ideological opposition people might have to health reform largely melts away. Of the Democrats, 85 percent were happy with the new insurance, as were 74 percent of Republicans. By the beginning of June, 60 percent of the adults with new coverage said they had used their plans to go to a doctor or hospital or fill a prescription, and 62 percent of that group said they would not have been able to afford care before getting this new coverage.”

“Most of the newly insured people had no trouble finding a primary care doctor, and most waited less than two weeks for an appointment.”

The survey found that by the end of the enrollment period in March, 9.5 million fewer adults were uninsured. The largest gains in coverage were among young adults, ages 19 through 34, Latinos and low-income adults.”

“…About half the states, mostly led by Republican governors or legislators, have refused to expand Medicaid. In states that have, the percentage of adults below the federal poverty level who are uninsured dropped to 17 percent from 28 percent.”

“Even those who had no health problems said they were better off. The reform effort is off to a very good start, especially in states determined to take full advantage of the new law.”

And Politico covers two additional surveys that show a substantial increase in newly insured adults:

“The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index pegged the [uninsured] rate at 13.4 percent among all adults in the second quarter of 2014, the lowest since it began measuring in 2008, and a drop from 17.1 percent at the end of 2013. The Urban Institute estimated that 13.9 percent of adults between 18 and 64 years old lacked coverage in early June, and suggested that 8 million had gained coverage since September.”

These numbers don’t lie: the health care law is working for millions of Americans across the country.