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Access to Insurance Doesn't Guarantee Access to Care

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Published on Dec 12, 2016

Many are still unhappy with Obamacare.The main intent of the Affordable Care Act was to expand the safety net (Medicaid), regulate the non-employer-based private insurance market (the insurance exchanges) and help people buy that insurance (subsidies) in order to reduce the number of Americans who are uninsured. On those metrics, it appears to be succeeding.

First and foremost, Obamacare was about improving access to health care. While it did improve access to insurance, in many, many other ways the United States is falling short. Things are likely to get worse before they get better. That's the topic of this week's Healthcare Triage.

This episode was adapted from a column I wrote for the Upshot. Links to references and further reading can be found there: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/25/ups...

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