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New Study Finds Obamacare Improved Medical Treatment, Likely Saved Lives

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New Study Finds Obamacare Improved Medical Treatment, Likely Saved Lives




Obamacare has improved medical treatment and led to better health outcomes, according to a new study released Wednesday.

“We saw significant improvements in the treatment of surgical conditions fairly quickly, less than two years after states expanded Medicaid coverage,” said Andrew Loehrer, the lead author of the study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“Our findings provide important new evidence that Medicaid expansion is improving the quality of care for serious conditions affecting tens of thousands of Americans every year,” said Benjamin Sommers, a senior author on the study and associate professor at the Harvard Chan School.




Newsweek added:

The nationwide study, the first to examine the result of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion on medical conditions requiring surgery, was conducted using five years of medical data from nearly 300,000 patients who were admitted to hospitals with one of five common medical conditions: appendicitis, gallbladder inflammation, diverticulitis, peripheral artery disease or aortic aneurysm.

Researchers found that there was a 1.8 percent increase in the likelihood that patients with these serious conditions would seek treatment earlier, lowering the risk of complications, and a 2.6 percent increase in the likelihood that patients would receive the best care possible.

Republicans have sought to dismantle Obamacare since its inception in 2009, opposing the legislation before it was passed and taking more than 50 repeal votes in Congress while Obama was still in office. During his campaign for president, President Donald Trump repeatedly said he would repeal Obamacare, often saying it would be one of his first priorities.

The week following Trump’s election victory in November 2016, his then-campaign manager Kellyanne Conway claimed that Trump was considering calling a special session of Congress on the day he was sworn in to repeal the health care legislation.

“[Trump] has talked about convening a special session on January 20 after he is sworn in as president of the United States to do this very thing, to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Conway said.

In February 2016, Trump tweeted: “We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare – and nobody can do that like me. We will save $’s and have much better healthcare!”

Republicans tried unsuccessfully to repeal the law in 2017.




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