Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) was associated with reduced out-of-pocket spending for US medical care, particularly among those with lower incomes, but not with reduced premiums.
That is the conclusion of a new study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
As summed up by Les Masterson on the HealthCare Dive
- the ACA led to reduced out-of-pocket spending, especially for low-income Americans. That said, many people still feel the burden of high out-of-pocket costs and premium spending.
- medical expenses continue to “consume a large share of many families’ incomes and compound income inequities.”
- repealing or reversing gains made by the ACA will “especially harm poor and low-income Americans.” Premiums will likely increase for people in the exchanges if healthier people leave the exchanges.
This affects residents in our Congressional district: NY-01. Rep. Lee Zeldin has consistently voted to undermine the ACA and has supported very unpopular Trumpcare. Republicans also putting Medicare and Medicaid in jeopardy via the recently passed tax bill. Thanks for stealing our money!
Read more about the LZ track record on healthcare:
and Zeldin complicit in CHIP used as bargaining chip: