How Many uninsured people have been insured through Obamacare?

obamacare uninsured signupsA recent LA Times article declaring that at least “9.5 million previously uninsured people have gotten health insurance since Obamacare started” has received criticism from political blogs/websites that have been critical of the healthcare plan.

Drawing data from state and federal reports, as well as surveys and interviews with insurance executives and government officials, the LA Times article was including all aspects of “Obamacare,” This includes:

  • Sign ups through the health insurance exchanges
  • Medicaid expansion (to cover people at 130% of the poverty level)Continue reading

Health Care / Obamacare

Health Care: The Math vs Myths

Accoring the CBO, the recently passed health care law would produce a net reduction in federal deficits of $143 billion over the 2010–2019 period.  Yet according to Republican politicians and pundits repealing “Obamacare” is a necessary step to cutting costs.  Either the non-partisan CBO, who has, for some time, been the objective number cruncher for Congress during times of heavy partisanship is suddenly off its rocker, or a certain political party, in its dedication towards smaller government (at least in theory) and smaller taxes is relying on a series of talking points and myths, while ignoring the math.

To be sure, the idea of expanding health care coverage to millions of uninsured while reducting costs seems contradictory, and this makes it easy for the GOP to straw man the health care bill with talk of socialized medicine and government takeovers.  So it’s important to take a look at the math behind health care.Continue reading

The CBO Scores Obamacare

The CBO has finally scored the healthcare bill (which Republicans are referring to as “Obamacare”). Both sides are making claims. The Democrats claim it will reduce deficits and lower premium costs. The Republicans claim the opposite. Both refer to the Congressional Budget Office Report for their claims. How can they both be right? Quite simply, Republicans are lying by omission.Continue reading