Thursday, February 23, 2017

The ObamaCare Success Story: Zip, nada and zilch.

Not that this is really news, but it's nice to have confirmation of something we've known all along:

"The best statistical estimate for the number of lives saved each year by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is zero." [bold in original]

The problem is that, while it's certainly true that lives are saved every day, there's really no way to quantify how many of those are the result of ObamaPlans, Medicaid, group plans or even non-ACA-compliant or grandfathered plans.

On the other hand, there is actual, empirical evidence that "public health trends since the implementation of the ACA have worsened, with 80,000 more deaths in 2015 than had mortality continued declining during 2014–15."

Now, we all know that correlation is not causation, and sometimes a cigar really is just a cigar, but as my better half says: there are no coincidences.

Take your pick.

[Hat Tip: FoIB Michael Cannon]
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