What can and should be fixed in Obamacare?

Affordable Care Act

What can and should be fixed in Obamacare?

Published on November 16, 2016


Back in October, the media went crazy when former president, Bill Clinton, criticized the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).

While campaigning for his wife, President Clinton called Obamacare “the craziest thing in the world.”

While speaking at a Democratic rally in Flint, Michigan, he ripped into the ACA for causing premiums to rise for middle-class Americans who do not qualify for subsidies.
According to reports, Clinton said “So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.”

For fans of the ACA, and all its done to increase access to coverage and to increase affordability for millions, these words seemed shocking and out of place.
What outsiders may not know, but those who are on ACA plans know all too well is that the law essentially created a group of “haves” (those who qualify for premium-tax credits) and “have nots” (those who do not qualify for premium tax credits.)
Not surprisingly, this has created quite a divide on satisfaction with Obamacare. (See our research).
The graphic below provides a cheat-sheet or “just the facts” look at how people feel about the ACA, based on their premiums and other factors.
What this data clearly shows is that cost drives satisfaction. Any plans put forth by the incoming Trump Administration would be wise to focus first and foremost on affordability.
For insights into what’s being proposed by the next White House, read eHealth’s Trumpcare FAQ.

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