Thanks to the always generous pouring of gasoline by the Mainstream Media on whatever fire the Republican arsonists set on President Obama’s character or bills, each new day brings nationally broadcast exaggerations about how awful the Affordable Care Act is and how many people are being hurt by it instead of how many more are being hugely helped by it.
So, to put a bit of perspective into this slanted story, you are invited to test your ACA IQ in the following (and informative) quiz and the good thing is, whether you get most questions right or wrong, thanks to the ACA, you end up winning anyway.
1. The percentage of Americans who could be affected by insurance companies cancelling their policies because they are junk plans or don’t meet the minimum coverage required by the ACA is:
2. What is the approximate percentage of Americans who have actually had their health insurance policies cancelled due to the ACA?
3. Before the ACA, the percentage of young adults between 19 and 26 who were uninsured was 48%. After the ACA, due to the ACA’s rule allowing them to be on their parents’ plans, the percentage fell in 2012 to:
4. How many Americans may be eligible for subsidies to pay for most or part of their health care premiums?
a. 5 million
b. 3 million
c. 17 million
d. 10 million
5. Up to how much of the American population could be denied health insurance by insurance companies due to pre-existing conditions if the ACA was repealed?
a. One half
b. One third
c. One fifth
d. One quarter
6. The number of low income Americans who did not have health insurance but would be able to receive it under the expanded Medicaid provision in the ACA is:
a. 1 million
b. 22 million
c. 12 million
d. 8 million
The answers to the above questions are (each letter below is a link to a confirming article/document, you can click on them to view the source for that info):
Here’s an apples to apples summary in actual numbers from the questions above:
Population of the United States: 313.9 million
Number of Americans with health insurance through their employment or family members: 214 million
Number of Americans with individual healthcare policies: 15 million
Amount of those 15 million with individual policies who have not had their existing policies cancelled: 11.5 million
Amount of those 15 million with individual policies whose individual policies have been cancelled: 3.5 million
Amount of the 3.5 million Americans whose individual policies have been cancelled who could purchase new policies with better benefits, many at even cheaper rates: 3.5 million
Number of young Americans who were uninsured but now have health insurance through their parents due to the ACA: 3.4 million
Number of Americans who are eligible for subsidies on their health care premiums: 17 million
Approximate number of Americans who are or could be classified by insurance companies as having pre-existing conditions and denied coverage: 157 million
Number of Americans who would be eligible to receive health care under expanded Medicaid (if all states complied): 22 million
It sure would provide the American public with a much clearer and more honest picture of the ACA/Obamacare if the actual numbers related to it were what the MSM constantly broadcasted instead of simple and unsubstantiated hyperbole, propaganda and mudslinging.