Obamacare Is Actually Reducing Health-Care Rationing

January 15, 2015 5:06 AM

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Obamacare Is Actually Reducing Health-Care Rationing

Despite critics' howls that Obamacare will lead to rationing of health care, a new survey finds it's actually doing the opposite. The number of people who put off medical care because of cost declined by 14 million in 2014, compared with two years earlier, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that supports broader access to health care.

In the U.S., health care is "rationed"—i.e., scarce resources are allotted—based on people's ability to pay for it. The Commonwealth survey found that significantly fewer Americans aged 19 to 64 were skipping needed doctors' visits or prescriptions in 2014 than two years earlier.

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