The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, was passed five years ago, when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Since then, Republicans have voted to repeal it 60 times — but the latest effort, which happened yesterday, is the first to actually reach the White House. The Act, which was never designed to live up to its name, has provided health insurance to 15 million new people. But it doesn't include controls on the cost of insurance premiums, deductibles, drugs, hospital services or doctors' fees. They are all going up, and a new survey reveals the consequence is mountains of medical debt -- even when employers provide health insurance.
Liz Hamel, Kaiser Family Foundation (@KaiserFamFound)
Margot Sanger-Katz, New York Times (@sangerkatz)
VJ Sleight, breast cancer survivor
Clare Krusing, America's Health Insurance Plans (@AHIPCoverage)
KFF/NYT survey on the burden of medical debt
America's Health Insurance Plans on the Affordable Care Act