in an interesting piece at Reader Supported News dated yesterday and titled Obamacare: What's in It for You? Plenty, So Take Time to Find Out.
He notes a number of things that most Americans do not seem to know, in large part because of how the media has covered the roll-out, starting with this: the average increased in premiums of 4% much lower than the average of the past decade.
Here's a few more things people don't seem to know:
- 3.1 million young adults have been added to the insurance rolls because they can stay on their parents' policy until age 26
- $1.2 billion in rebates in 2011 and $2.1 billion in 2012 from insurers who did not spend the requisite 80% of premiums upon benefits
- $7 billion saved on prescription drugs by Medicare beneficiaries as a result of closing of the "Doughnut Hole" in Part D
- > 25.4 million people on original Medicare program receiving at least one preventive service at no cost to them during just the first eleven months of 2013
We know the numbers of those enrolling are surging.
It is unfortunate there have been glitches in the rollout, in the sign-up procedures.
But the Affordable Care Act is working, and providing real benefits.
Now, if only the media would do its job and tell the WHOLE story.