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The gap between the American budget and the price of healthcare has long left a significant portion of the nation without health insurance coverage. For decades, dating back to the days off Harry Truman, politicians bantered about the hope of legislative reform to make healthcare and thus health insurance more affordable and, by extension, more accessible for more people. Yet, the timing was never right, as the political will could not be mustered to get any sort of reform passed into law...until 2009. Despite this being a problem that dates back to the WWII era, it was not until the 2009 healthcare reform that we tried to do something about it. Now that we have this law, and its major component (the subsidized individual insurance market) was implimented in October 2013, we can evaluate how the first insurance enrollment season (October-March) faired. Has "Obamacare" done more good or harm, and what are the good and bad outcomes we've seen? Furthermore, what can be done in addition to or in place of this inagural attempt to fix our age old healthcare problem to more completely and effectively solve the larger, overall problem? Today we will talk about the statistics from this first post-ACA enrollment period, what they mean, and what comes next.
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