Michener began her lecture by describing the “health policy roller coaster” that American citizens have recently climbed aboard, revealing that in 2010, the Affordable Care Act appeared to offer a “new set of possibilities on the horizon” to some — an optimism that tapered off soon after politics became interwoven with the policy.
If you go to Cornell, you either have a health insurance plan or you are a clever rulebreaker. If your parents didn’t shell out for eligible private insurance, then you’re likely on the University’s Student Health Plan, which is comprehensive and student-tailored. Students with lower incomes can enroll in a related plan, called SHP+, free of charge. So for most, enrolling in a health plan is but a matter of setting and forgetting. But not for everyone.
As the Democrat and Republican candidates are getting closer to their race for the White House, one of the main curiosities of the general public is about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thanks to the ACA (popularly know as the Obamacare), for the first time in the history of the US, the uninsured rate among U.S. adults aged 18 and older has dropped to 11.6 percent in the third quarter of 2015. The uninsured rate has declined 5.5 percentage points since the fourth quarter of 2013. Under the ACA, the income limit for Medicaid eligibility has increased to 138 percent of the federal poverty level in 2014 for all people. Many poor adults who were ineligible before can now qualify for Medicaid.