Health Care Blog
- Posted byon December 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM EST
Today, Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer joined the new publishing platform Medium -- authoring a post that reflects on the incredible amount of progress made in 2014 despite some claims that the President had "the worst year in Washington." Moving forward, he will continue to post important highlights, insights, and reflections on the President's agenda.
In today's post, he reflects on 2014 as a year of real and meaningful progress for President Obama and the progressive agenda -- no matter what the critics have said. He goes on to note a few meaningful progress points from the year:
2014 has been the strongest year of job growth since the 1990s.
America's uninsured rate dropped to near-historic lows in 2014 -- In spite of the fact that this time a year ago, politicians and the press were predicting the demise of the Affordable Care Act.
The President made historic progress across the board on the central global challenge of the next century: Climate change and environmental protection.
President Obama's Executive Action to fix our immigration system is the most meaningful effort in decades to make the system fairer, more transparent, and more predictable.
In his six years in office, the President has reshaped the federal judiciary to include more women, minorities, gays, and lesbians, so it might resemble more closely the nation it serves.
- Posted byon December 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM EST
"...I've felt strong enough to liberate some of my extra savings that I'd been holding onto for healthcare emergencies, so I'm now able to help more with my son's college expenses ... My guess is that there are many more Americans whose new health insurance is already allowing them to contribute more fully to the economy and their communities."
- Posted byon December 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM EST
"I have never wanted to ask anyone for anything, but when [the Affordable Care Act] made this surgery possible for me, I just had to write you a thank you letter."
2014 Has Seen Largest Coverage Gains in Four Decades, Putting the Uninsured Rate at or Near Historic LowsPosted byon December 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM EST
Earlier this week, the National Center for Health Statistics released new data on health insurance coverage during the second quarter of 2014, the first federal survey data that largely capture the effects of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period. These new data confirm earlier findings that 2014 has seen dramatic reductions in the share of Americans without health insurance, reductions that correspond to an estimated 10 million people gaining coverage since before the start of open enrollment.
This progress is even more striking when viewed in historical context. Building on work by other researchers, the Council of Economic Advisers has constructed estimates of the share of Americans without health insurance extending back to 1963. These estimates show that the drop in the nation’s uninsured rate so far this year is the largest over any period since the early 1970s, years in which the Medicaid program was still ramping up and the Medicare and Medicaid programs were expanded to people with disabilities.
With this year’s decline, the nation’s uninsured rate is now at or near the lowest level recorded across five decades of data. Furthermore, new data out today on Medicaid enrollment and data on Marketplace plan selections from earlier this week show that progress in reducing the number of uninsured Americans is continuing.
- Posted byon December 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM EST
"I was quoted $800 a month … and then was promptly denied, due to my pre-existing conditions. When I signed up this month through Covered California however, the process was virtually painless, and now I have insurance that I can afford."
- Posted byon December 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM EST
"When I opened the envelope containing my insurance card, I got a bit teary eyed. Thank you a million times."
Lynette J. is a small business owner from Hyattsville, Maryland. Her business has been open for more than seven years, she's 34 years old, and at the time she wrote the President this past August, she was about to make her first doctor's appointment in more than five years. That's because she's now covered thanks to the Affordable Care Act.