This excellent piece at the New York Times provides a clear overview of the ACA’s seven biggest accomplishments — and the threats posed to each of them by Congressional Republicans. A great place to start if the debate over individual mandates and high risk pools seems confusing! Sample explainer:
1) Obamacare insured millions through new insurance markets.
The health law reduced the number of uninsured Americans by an estimated 20 million people from 2010 to 2016. One of the primary ways it did so was by creating online markets where people who didn’t get insurance through work or the government could shop for a health plan from a private insurer. The law offered subsidies for Americans with lower incomes to help pay their premiums and deductibles.
What would happen? The Republican bill is expected to eliminate the subsidies. This would make insurance unaffordable for millions of Americans and sharply reduce the number who buy their own health coverage.