Obamacare's future in saving lives
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Since: Apr 12
#1 May 6, 2014
A new study by health economists of the Massachusetts health care reform has potential good news for Obamacare and the potential for the law to save lives. The Massachusetts law, the model used for Obamacare, passed in 2006 and took effect in 2007, and this study tracks mortality in the state in the five years before and after the law. The results: in the four years after the law went into effect, a 3 percent decline in mortality.
The decline was steepest in counties with the highest proportions of poor and previously uninsured people. In contrast, the mortality rate in a control group of counties similar to Massachusetts in other states was largely unchanged.
A national 3 percent decline in mortality among adults under 65 would mean about 17,000 fewer deaths a year.
“It’s big,” said Samuel Preston, a demographer at the University of Pennsylvania and an authority on life expectancy. Professor Preston, who was not involved in the study, called the study “careful and thoughtful,” and said it added to a growing body of evidence that people with health insurance could reap the ultimate benefit — longer life.
The researchers looked specifically at causes of mortality "amenable to health care." Those are diseases like cancers, heart disease, and other chronic serious health concerns that can be treated and that people can survive with regular medical care. Where they got it—Massachusetts—there was a 3 percent lower mortality rate than where they didn't get it.
There are a bunch of caveats that go with this, primarily that Massachusetts has a more white and more affluent population in general than most states. The control group the researchers used were people in 513 counties in 46 other states that matched pre-reform Massachusetts in terms of demography, income, and rate of insurance. But that makes for a huge data set—4 million in Massachusetts and 44 million in the control group, a large enough population to make the findings statistically significant. It was also a large enough group to get detailed enough information to look for other factors beyond health insurance. The authors didn't find any other factors that could account for this mortality drop.
#2 May 7, 2014
MA just abandoned their Romneycare program.
Reasons: skyrocketing costs, sub par medical care, and increased mortality.
#3 May 8, 2014
Here's proof from that bastion of liberal lies, Fox News:
Deaths decline after Massachusetts health care reform
Massachusetts' near-universal health coverage has resulted in reduced death rates in the state, particularly lowering the death rates among people with diseases, such as stroke and cancer, who benefit from timely health care, a new study has found.
During the four years after Massachusetts instituted a health care overhaul in 2006, death rates in the state decreased by about 3 percent, meaning there were eight fewer deaths than expected for every 100,000 people in the state, whereas rates didn't change over that time period in similar populations in states that didn't expand health coverage.
When the researchers looked at deaths only related to conditions that are more preventable or treatable with timely care for example, heart disease, stroke, cancer and infections they found the death rate decreased 4.5 percent over the four-year period.
The researchers estimated the coverage expansion saved one life per year for every 830 people who gained insurance, according to the study published May 5 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
"Given that Massachusetts' health reform was, in many ways, the model for the Affordable Care Act, it is critical to understand the law's potential implications for population health," said study researcher Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of health policy and economics at Harvard School of Public Health.
The rest of your post is also completely fabricated.
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