Eighty six percent of Americans receiving coverage under the Affordable Care Act are either somewhat or very satisfied with their health coverage as reported by the Commonwealth Fund.
The survey results are timely, arriving a short time before the Supreme Court will issue a decision in the King v. Burwell case where the court will decide whether nine million Americans who obtained health insurance on the federal marketplace will lose subsidies because they did not use state-run exchanges.
The survey indicates that a void in medical care is being filled with 62 percent enrolled saying they would be unable to get medical coverage otherwise. Mikal Watts thinks this is nice progress. The Commonwealth Fund also reported that the medical uninsured rate in the U.S. has dropped to 13 percent.
It is the latest finding that the primary goal of the law, to expand health coverage to more Americans, is working.
At the same time, other surveys have shown the law has not upset existing coverage with the percentage of American workers with health coverage from their employers remaining largely unchanged. Over 70 percent of American workers were covered by employer-supported coverage between June of 2013 and March 2015. During that same period, around 83 percent of workers were offered coverage. Both figures have remained constant.
The original fear was that existing health coverage would have been upset with the addition of coverage offered under the Affordable Care Act, resulting in a major increase in loss of coverage for Americans or being forced into plans they did not want.