As of March, 16.4 million uninsured people gained health care. The rate of uninsured in this country dropped from a high of 18 percent in the third quarter of 2103 to 11.9 percent in the first quarter of 2015. Children younger than 26 get to stay on their parents’ health insurance policy. Denial of coverage due to a preexisting condition is forbidden. There are no lifetime caps on coverage or care. And now the high court has upheld the legality of the subsidies provided through the state and federal health-care exchanges that make those policies affordable for many Americans.
Had the court ruled the other way, millions would have been lost their health insurance policies. The fact that the GOP harped on repealing the law without offering or rallying around an alternative would have magnified the expected chaos in the health-care market and in the lives of millions of Americans. Despite their fist-shaking at the ruling, Republican Party leaders are breathing a sigh of relief. My colleague Chuck Lane said it best in a tweet moments after the ruling.
Most relieved person in the world today: every Republican.— Charles Lane (@ChuckLane1) June 25, 2015
They can keep bashing Obamacare w/o having to fix it
That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement. There are any number of tweaks and adjustments that could be made as the law goes from theoretical implementation to lived experience. All that’s needed is a Republican-controlled Congress willing to work with President Obama, who has said any number of times that he is “willing to work with Democrats and Republicans to fix problems as they arise.” In the Rose Garden late Thursday morning, Obama reiterated that call when he said, “Let’s join together and make health care in America even better.”
But one thing is no longer in doubt. If you like your Obamacare, you can keep it.
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