Obamacare's Cost Is Down 8%, but That May Not Be Good News
The CBO says the healthcare reform is looks more like Medicaid than intended.
Posted Apr 16, 2014
But so is access to doctors and hospitals in the plans offered on the health insurance exchanges.
The CBO report points out that it previously thought Obamacare’s exchange plans would look more like employer-based coverage, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case so far — hence, the cheaper premiums. “The plans being offered through the exchanges this year appear to have, in general, lower payment rates for providers, narrower networks of providers, and tighter management of their subscribers’ use of health care than employment-based plans,” CBO wrote.
The CBO projects 42 million people will remain uninsured this year. In fact, the ACA will never cover more than 45% of the uninsured.
[Cross-posted at John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog]
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