Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Obamacare keeps working: New data puts repeal-happy Republicans like Paul Ryan in a tough spot

As you read this, Republican voters in New Hampshire are tromping off to their polling places to vote for candidates who promise that, as president, they’ll do away with the Affordable Care Act. Their reasons for wanting to wipe out Obamacare are many and hyperbolic: it’s a “job-killer,” it doesn’t work, it’s hurting American families, it’s denying people coverage, and so forth. These rote talking points form the backbone of conservative and Republican opposition to Barack Obama’s signature policy achievement, and the criticisms persist despite ever-growing mounds of evidence that they are, in fact, wrong.

The latest addition to the “Obamacare is working” evidence pile comes courtesy of the National Center for Health Statistics, which released a report Tuesday morning looking at the uninsured rates nationally and in 37 states over the first nine months of 2015. According to NCHS, the number of adults lacking insurance has plummeted since 2013, when many of the Affordable Care Act’s major provisions went into effect. “In the first 9 months of 2015, 28.8 million persons of all ages (9.1%) were uninsured at the time of interview – 7.2 million fewer persons than in 2014 and 16.0 million fewer than in 2013.”


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