My husband has Medicare and hence minimally affected by ACA. My deductible has skyrocketed, premiums have more than doubled and had to switch health insurance provider. As you stated, it is a good thing to provide coverage to all. However the stats provided to report the 'success' of ACA do not cover all dimensions. I would like to know the stats for: Has the number of patients seeking emergency care decreased because of ACA? How many patients are successfully active in managing disease such as diabetes as a result of ACA. Out of the new enrollees how many are receiving subsidy? Out of the ones receiving subsidy how many are paying their portion of the premium and continuing to have coverage through ACA. This is just a start. There are many other KPI that can be tracked to determine success. Thanks for taking the time to provide this survey and caring for what is happening.
Even though I am over 65, I am still actively (VERY) employed and I don't participate in Medicare. The premiums for the Blue Cross policy that I have had for the past 30 years went up about 2-3% per year until the ACA came along, and then they jumped 40%. The family deductible went from $500 to $2000, pharmacy coverage is almost non-existent now (used to be excellent), and out-of-network deductible went from $1,000 to $16,000!
I also work on the provider side in laboratory medicine and pathology, and I have not seen an appreciable increase in benefits for any of the patients who we serve. I think the ACA is a great idea, but like most projects run by the government it doesn't work as it was intended.