The Affordable Care Act: Facts Matter

The current debate over the Affordable Care Act feels like déjà vu, all over again. The debates echo those back in 2010 in the run up to passage of the law—except now, there are some facts that should be considered. So argues Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee when the ACA was passed. Enrollment in this year’s program is the highest than in any previous year; the number of uninsured Americans is at its lowest level in history; 20 million citizens now have coverage who did not; and hospitals are reporting more primary care and fewer claims for uncompensated care, to cite just a few. If facts matter, these should, as Congress considers fixes to the law’s admittedly problematic issues (rising costs, shrinking choice in the exchanges). Can reality trump the rhetoric of repeal?

John Howell, Editorial Director