Four charts that show the health care law is working

The Affordable Care Act appears to be doing what it was supposed to do, a new report says.

The Commonwealth Fund’s health care annual report says fewer Americans are reporting being burdened by the cost of accessing health care.

The number of people who didn’t seek health care because of the cost is also down.

But the rates of people who don’t seek health care is still high, the report said.

In the survey, 33 percent of adults who had been insured all year with incomes under 200 percent of poverty ($47,100 for a family of four) and 25 percent with incomes above that level said they did not get needed care because of costs in the past 12 months.

And it blamed high deductibles and more cost-sharing/shfiting between employer and employee.

Not surprisingly, the rates of uninsured fell most in states that expanded Medicaid programs. Most of the states that didn’t are opposed to Obamacare.

Here’s the full report (pdf).

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    Of course they’re less burdened when someone else is paying for it. Like from MNsure, which is free according to its TV ads.

    • Personally, I have absolutely no problem paying a little more in taxes or healthcare to help someone else who may not have all of the advantages I have had live a better life.

      But then, I’m not a heartless bastard.

      • Kassie

        Like, like, like!!!

      • kevinfromminneapolis

        A little more here, a little more there. Pretty soon you’re talking about $3 trillion budgets based on borrowed money. But it was only a little more, right?

        I’m just saying let’s be honest and not pretend the burden of paying for health care is going away.

        • KTN

          You’re right, but I think the point is that that burden is shifting. Instead of using the emergency room for health care, more and more people are now using their own physicians, a way cheaper means for health care in general. I don’t think this is a shell game either, these savings are actual out of pocket savings, and more people are taking advantage of being able to see a physician – a healthier citizenry is better for all.

          • kevinfromminneapolis

            They’re not out of pocket to my parents, who had to find a new provider with a more preferable 30-percent increase this year. Or the workers whose hours are being cut back. Or taxpayers who are paying now $150+ million of their dollars for a website that allows people to connect up with coverage that’s artificially “cheaper” because taxpayers are kicking in money for the subsidy on the other end.

          • KTN

            Sure when you personalize it, of course only the faults appear. As for the rest, when it is shown large numbers of people are losing hours due to increased health care, I might pay more attention, but for now, not so much.
            Too bad we can’t allocate where our tax dollars go, but until then, some of mine goes to subsidizing for the poor for their health care (and some of yours too).

          • They’re losing hours now? The employer mandate hasn’t gone into effect yet.

          • BJ

            I love everyone just now noticing health care increasing 30% per year. I remember complaining about 10-30% increases long before the Affordable Care Act.

      • Jeff

        You can even make the argument that by you paying a little more in taxes or healthcare today to help someone get insurance tomorrow will allow them to get care when they need it next week instead of waiting until it is more serious and seeking very expensive treatment at the ER next month. That then means that the insurance company and health care providers are paying less to take care of someone who would have gotten expensive care anyway. That, in turn, lowers YOUR premiums. So, low-and-behold, your decision to spend money now caused you to save more money later.

        Taxes are things we spend money on, not because we want to spend money but because they are good things to spend money on, like police, teachers, road construction and health care for people who can’t otherwise afford it.

        • kevinfromminneapolis

          That’s what taxes are? S***! Here I was advocating we actually not collect taxes. Thanks for the eye-opener.

          • Chris

            I thought “conservatives” always said everyone does have access to health care, they can just go to the emergency room. Who paid the bill for that? Now we have a better way to do things, that saves money, and we are paying for it in a more transparent way. But you still complain. Were you happier when more people were uninsured? What’s your solution?

          • kevinfromminneapolis

            There’s nothing transparent about “lowering” costs by having a third-party (in this case, taxpayers) jump in and further mask the true cost of someone’s health care through a subsidy. That’s the very opposite of transparency.

          • Chris

            The costs are lowered because people who have insurance can go to regular doctor visits to manage their health instead of showing up at the emergency room when the problem is acute. In this case we know what the subsidies are, no masking going on, unlike the “visit the emergency room scenario”. Were you happier when more people were uninsured? What’s your solution? I know I shouldn’t try to reason with an ideologue.