The ACA is not perfect. It was an attempt to improve a very complex beast of a healthcare system that is (rightly) criticized for its inefficiency and inbuilt inequality. Premiums for the middle class are certainly too high. None of this detracts from the fact that the ACA has achieved two rather remarkable things.
Firstly, the health coverage across the entire US population is around 90 percent, which is the highest it has ever been. The poor, and those with preexisting conditions are now guaranteed treatment – before, they were left to fend for themselves.
Secondly, as this study clearly shows, it is saving lives on a daily basis. It is an obvious fact that people without access to healthcare get sick and die, particularly if they are from a low-income background. The ACA was a major attempt to fix that.
The White House is doing all it can do distort this, of course. They recently released a massively misleading infographic that claimed 28.2 million people are still uninsured under Obamacare, and that the BCRA will save them from this nightmare.
Funnily enough, before the ACA back in 2010, 48.6 million Americans were uninsured. So what the White House is saying is that the ACA’s ability to cut this number by 20 million in just seven years isn’t good enough. As pointed out by Vox, 22 million more people would lose coverage under the BCRA, so the GOP answer to the ACA is to make things a lot worse again.
The public was wary of the ACA at first, but now it’s being threatened with revocation, its approval rating has jumped up. Back in November 2016, its rating was 46 percent; as of April 2017, it’s 55 percent and rising. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, as they say.
This new study needs all the publicizing it can get, then. If Americans know that they are literally less likely to die of a heart attack under ACA than without it, we’d bet they’d be even more disapproving of the GOP’s plans than they already are.