Daily Journal: Take This Obamacare Quiz
Take This Obamacare Quiz
By John Hood
Nov. 4th, 2013
RALEIGH — Want to test your knowledge of the provisions, justifications, and implications of the Affordable Care Act? I’ve made it simple for you. Just answer the following yes-or-no questions, check against the correct answers, and read down to the end of this column to see what your score means.
Here are the questions:
1. Did the Democratic designers of the Affordable Care Act seek to rely primarily on private health insurance rather than a single-payer (government) plan to reduce the ranks of the uninsured?
2. Did North Carolina’s decision not to expand Medicaid under the ACA leave 500,000 people without access to health insurance?
3. Would Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion save money by reducing the extent to which uninsured people use expensive emergency-room care?
4. Is uncompensated care provided by hospitals to uninsured patients a major driver of health care inflation in the United States?
5. Will the Affordable Care Act reduce the future rate of growth in health care expenditures?
6. President Obama frequently promised that under the ACA, “if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” Is that true?
7. In response to recent news of hundreds of thousands of policy cancellations for people who buy health plans in the individual market, the Obama administration now says that the risk of cancellation won’t apply to the rest of the private insurance market — to those who get their health plans at the workplace. Is that true?
8. President Obama frequently predicted that the ACA would “lower health insurance premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.” Is that true?
9. Defenders of Obamacare said that it will reduce the federal budget deficit over time. Is that true?
10. Software and administration headaches have obviously discouraged enrollment in private health plans on federally run insurance exchanges. But Obamacare defenders point to state-run exchanges as successful at signing up many consumers for new private health plans. Are they right?
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