Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Coverage Rate for U.S. Health Insurance

1. I think just about every adult in the United States would be interested in this statistic. There has been an ongoing debate with Health Care in the U.S., and whether President Obama would be able to universalize health care in America. On March 23 of this year, Obama allowed the U.S. to get closer to universal health care, according to http://www.healthinsurance.org/, by "signing into law one of the most significant pieces of legislation in the nation's history." The millions of people living in the U.S. who lack access to affordable health insurance will surly be interested in this more than anyone. According to http://www.healthinsurance.org/, President Obama's reforms "have removed insurance companies' ability to discriminate on the basis of pre-existing conditions, ensured Americans have access to high-quality, low-cost insurance, and guaranteed that Americans won't need to fear the loss of coverage if they lose their job, switch jobs or become self-employed." Most of America had been holding their breath up until March 23, but now that the legislation for the health care plan has been signed into law, all Americans, whether they are interested in health care or not, will be affected by the new health care plan.
2. Each year, the Census Bureau releases estimates of health-care insurance coverage from all sources, including breakdowns by employer-provided plans, directly purchased plans, Medicaid, Medicare, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and other government programs. They collect data on health-care insurance coverage annually. The Census Bureau began collecting data on health-care insurance coverage in 1979.
3. The aggressive reforms enacted by President Obama will extend affordable health insurance plans to 95 percent of all Americans. About 61.1 million Americans would be uninsured by 2020 if the reforms hadn't passed. Under President Obama's new legislation that was passed into law, there would be a much lesser amount of Americans uninsured by 2020, so much so that only about 4.2 million Americans would be uninsured by 2020 compared to the 61.1 million people that would be uninsured by the next decade if the reforms hadn't passed. That is nothing less than remarkable.
Sources/References Used:

References used by the site:
Health Insurance Resource Center. Copyright 1994-2010, healthinsurance.org, LLC.

References used by the site:
Data: Estimates by the Lewin Group for the Commonwealth Fund.
Source: "The Path to a High Performance U.S. Health System: A 2020 Vision and the Policies to Pave the Way." February 2009.
References used by the site:
The Center for Economic Policy and Research. "Health Insurance Coverage Rates for US workers from 1979-2008." Hye Jin Rho and John Schmitt. March 2010.

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