Going it alone makes for sloppy law. (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey) Its an old debate over whether judges should determine the law according to a strict reading of the words on the page or by taking a broader view of the overall intent of the law. Legal theorists also disagree over whether judges should defer to executive agencies when they present their own view of what the law means. For Condeluci, however, the lesson of Obamacare is simpler than that. The reason judges are fighting over what the law means is because in the case of healthcare reform, the lawmaking process broke down entirely. What began as a joint effort between Republicans and Democrats fell apart in the summer of 2009 as Tea Party activists staged theatrical protests against the emerging law and the White House reacted by instructing Sen. Max Baucus to shut Republicans out of the negotiations because theyd never vote for it anyway, Condeluci told me. Inside Obamacare: The Fix For Americas Ailing Health Care System explores the ways the Affordable Care Act will affect your health care and is available for download now.
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10.3 million adults got insurance in Obamacare launch: Study
Like a prior study , the NEJM study found that Latinos, blacks and younger adults saw the biggest drops in their uninsured rate. The number of people who gained coverage during that time frame is of keen interest in the health policy world because of debates about whether Obamacare will lead to a net reduction in the uninsured, or whether most enrollees in exchange-sold plans are merely replacing old plans rendered illegal by Affordable Care Act minimum standards. Open enrollment in Obamacare insurance ended in mid-April, while Medicaid enrollment continues year-round. “According to the authors’ findings, the uninsured rate for adults ages 18 to 64 fell from 21 percent in September 2013 to 16.3 percent in April 2014,” HHS said in a press release announcing the study. Read More Appeals court split on Obamacare subsidies “After taking into account economic factors and pre-existing trends, this corresponded to a 5.2 percentage-point change, or 10.3 million adults gaining coverage.” “We are committed to providing every Americans with access to quality, affordable health services, and this study affirms that the Affordable Care Act has set us on a path toward achieving that goal,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. The study found that states that have expanded their Medicaid programs to include nearly all poor adults saw bigger drops in their uninsured rates among that group than states that didn’t. In the 24 states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility, “the change in the uninsured rate among low-income adult populations was not statistically significant,” HHS said in a press release. “This study also reaffirms that expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is important for coverage, as well as a good deal for states,” Burwell said.
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