I faced this status report on the PPACA from Sharyl Attkisson at The Daily Signal with a bit of reluctance due to its source and its title. The Daily Signal is, after all, the new venture of the Heritage Foundation. Have some patience with it. I thought that all in all it was a pretty fair assessment of the progress of the plan to date. Here’s the meat of it:
In fact, the measure of the Affordable Care Act’s success rests neither with individual anecdotes nor in the Obama administration’s self-assessments. It’s a long-term process that many analysts say will take years to unfold.
One thing that’s not in question: The insurance industry already has been largely transformed.
Many who were considered uninsurable now have affordable policies. But the Affordable Care Act has shifted the cost burden for those who already had insurance. More policies now have bigger deductibles and cost more.
“In general, healthy people are paying more and unhealthy people are paying less,” says a source who supports and helped implement Obamacare but is disappointed with the results to date, “with those above-average [income] tending to pay more and those below-average [income] tending to pay less.”
“Is the new law effective in reducing the number of uninsured? Yes, but so far not very,” he says.
Read the whole thing.
Those who thought the PPACA would be an overnight success which, I presume, includes the president must surely be disappointed. So, too, are those who assumed it would be an immediate failure.
Those who, like me, are focused single-mindedly on cost control have even greater reason to be disappointed. We’ve got to take it on faith that there’s a pony in here somewhere, something to which we are not predisposed as a matter of temperament. The reliance on time inconsistency on the part of supporters of the PPACA, i.e. they assume that Congress, for example, will behave differently than it has in the past although its incentives remain the same, is very frustrating.
Still, the key point here is patience. The reform will neither succeed nor fail overnight.