The ACA Has Improved People's Ability to Purchase Healthcare on Their Own

A report out today from the Commonwealth Fund shows that there has been a significant increase in the ability of Americans to purchase health insurance. Most notably the poor, and people with pre-existing conditions. Key findings include:

  • In 2010, 64% of people with low incomes (less than $48,500 a year for a family of four) had trouble finding a plan they could afford. That percentage dropped to 35% in 2016.
  • About 70% of people with health problems said they had trouble finding a plan they could afford in 2010, compared to 42% in 2016.
  • Of the people who shopped for insurance on their own, 60% said they could not find an affordable plan in 2010. In 2016, that dropped to 34%.