New Census Data Provides More Fodder for Reform Law Debate

As the initial provisions of the new health reform law start to trickle in next month,[1] healthcare policy watchers can look to some new, troublesome — yet not unexpected — data on the number of uninsured in this country in 2009.

Multiple factors, not the least of which is the behemoth that is the recession, are to blame for the more than 50M uninsured last year. Critics and supporters of the healthcare reform law are already staking out new positions based upon this data. Liberal wonks point to the loss of employer-sponsored coverage as a prime reason for the decline in coverage and laud the need for alternative methods of securing access in a troubled economy — namely healthcare exchanges.

More conservative think tanks continue to point to the relative disapproval of the law in the court of public opinion as a basis for its totality as a budgetary transgression. This has emboldened some of the more conservative members in the Senate to consider launching an all out effort for repeal. No doubt, though, this new data will provide fuel for renewed debate ahead of the sprint toward November 2. | LINK

  1. Coverage of dependent children on parents’ plans until the age of 26 []

17. September 2010 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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