Obamacare Really Has Made Healthcare More Affordable, Finds New Survey

January 19, 2015  |  

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Obamacare is off to a great start it seems. According to a new study, fewer Americans are struggling to pay medical bills. In fact, the numbers dropped last year for the first time in nearly a decade.

The survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that 64 million people, or about 35 percent of the U.S. population, said they had trouble paying bills or were stuck paying off medical debt in the past year. Sounds like a lot, but this is actually a drop from 75 million people, or 41 percent of the population, in 2012. This is the first time that figure has decreased since 2005, when Commonwealth began tracking.

This in a nut shell means more people are finding health care affordable as a result of Obamacare. “The survey found that the number of uninsured Americans dropped to 29 million people last year, or 16 percent of the population, from 37 million, or 20 percent, in 2010,” reports The Huffington Post.

“These declines are remarkable and unprecedented in the survey’s more than decade-long history,” Sara Collins, the lead author of the study, said in a press release. “They indicate that the Affordable Care Act is beginning to help people afford the health care they need.”

Commonwealth Fund president David Blumenthal added that the Affordable Care Act has reversed what had been a “deterioration” of the American health-care system.

Most importantly, the survey also found that, for the first time since 2003, there has been a decrease in the number of people putting off health care because of the cost. “In 2012, a record 80 million people said they didn’t visit a doctor or clinic for a medical problem, didn’t fill a prescription, skipped a follow-up, treatment or test, or did not get needed specialist care, in order to avoid paying for it. That number fell to 66 million in 2014,” reports HuffPo.

Be sure to sign up for insurance by February 15.

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