CARMEL, N.H. — “The biggest problem I have with the Affordable Care Act is that there is not enough health care in hospitals,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a frequent critic of the law.
“It is not clear to me that if we don’t expand access to care and quality of care that we will have the same level of outcomes for the people who are dying of cancer.”
While the ACA has provided a robust stream of new health care providers, Murphy added, “we need to look at what the costs are and how we can keep them down and that means more access to affordable care.”
The ACA also has been a boon to small businesses, with employers paying an average of $2,400 per employee per year for a job that used to cost them about $100,000, according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
That average increase to $2.4 million in 2016 was the largest for any year in the last 10 years.
The ACA has also helped create more jobs than it has cut, according the report.
“The ACA is helping to create more health jobs than they have lost in the past 40 years,” said Heidi Shierholz, the executive director of the National Association of Small Businesses.
But the economic growth in recent years has been slow, with the U.S. economy contracting at a 0.2 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2016, the report found.
The law has also allowed more patients to see doctors, according a report by the Commonwealth Fund, a research organization that studies the economy.
The rate of physician visits in 2016 jumped nearly 50 percent from 2015 to 2016, while hospitalizations dropped by nearly half, the Commonwealth fund found.
“What we have seen over the past few years is that the ACA is having a tremendous impact on the lives of millions of Americans,” ShierHolz said.
A report released by the White House on Monday said that while the ACA increased health spending by more than $1 trillion, that number is expected to be reduced by about $4 trillion in 2024, due to the reduction in insurance premiums.
In the same year, healthcare spending will decrease by about 5 percent, the White the report said.
“This is going to hurt the middle class,” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.
“When the middle is going broke, we need to get that money back to the middle.”
As the nation grapples with the fallout from the crisis, Murphy said, the American people have every right to know that if they get sick or injured, they will get the care they need.
“We’re going to be here to fight this for our people and our future,” he said.
The New Hampshire Democratic senator, who was elected in 2018, said the ACA will have a profound impact on how the country deals with health care.
“The ACA does not make people sick or in need of care,” he added.
“That is a failure of imagination.
We are seeing a huge difference now that we are not putting our country’s health at risk.
We’re going after the root causes of the crisis.
The American people know that.””
This is a great day for the American health care system,” said Murphy.
“But it is also a great tragedy that we have to do this right now because it is so important to our economy, our society, and our people.”
Murphy, who served in the U of M’s history department, is the author of a number of books, including The Truth About Medical Care, A Tale of Two Cities and How to Get the Best Medical Care in the Hospital.
The latest book, which is out in November, will include a chapter on the ACA and the importance of affordable health care for low-income people.