Big promises. Big problems. The Affordable Care Act's rocky rollout has exposed deep fault lines in American health care that go beyond malfunctioning website code. From basic questions of coverage to complex federal court cases, many aspects of the sweeping reform remain unsettled. What's gone wrong? Can it be fixed? And where do we go from here? AEI scholars are following the latest developments, offering candid analysis and original research.
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Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done. In 2008, they even elected a presidential candidate who said he was interested in "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
Senate Democrats have been desperately trying to move the national conversation away from Obamacare to just about anything else before the midterm elections — “paycheck fairness,” the minimum wage, even the Koch brothers.
This book offers a timely assessment of how Medicaid works, its most problematic components, and how — or if — its current structure can be adequately reformed to provide quality care, at sustainable costs, for those in need.
In late September, right before the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges opened, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that success for the new law would look like "at least 7 million" enrollees.
Obamacare exchanges have reached the administration's goal of seven million. But how can we tell who was previously uninsured? Are the young and healthy signed up? And with all of the changes made to the Affordable Care Act, can we truly trust it? AEI program director of economic policy Abby McCloskey explains that strides have been made, but the finish line is still in the distance.
The number that matters is not how many Americans signed up for Obamacare but rather how many previously uninsured Americans signed up for Obamacare. By that standard, Obamacare may be headed for an epic failure.