How the Affordable Care Act Strengthened Medicare

From conception to implementation, the Affordable Care Act has never lacked for detractors. Much misinformation surfaced early in an effort to turn public opinion against the legislation. One of the ways that opponents of the ACA fought against it was to claim that it did harm to Medicare. Many of those distortions and false statements are still floating around in the public mind. Such inaccurate information is especially dangerous as the Republicans prepare to begin their control of not only the House and the Senate, but the White House as well. The purpose of this post is not to argue the merits of the ACA. In short, it was a good start, but it needs to be better.

The purpose of this post is to highlight some of the ways that the ACA made Medicare stronger. Hopefully, as the Republicans rush to repeal the ACA , they will not do harm to Medicare and the millions of seniors who rely on it every day.

In Strengthening Medicare, Don Berwick, M.D., Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, describes some of the ways that the ACA strengthened Medicare.

This post from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare explains how the ACA saved Medicare money and extended its solvency. Many opponents of the ACA called these savings “Cuts.” In reality, rather than cutting Medicare, they increased Medicare’s capacity to provide health care to America’s seniors by several years.\

This report, The Affordable Care Act and Medicare, from the Commonwealth Fund is an in-depth analysis of the ways the Affordable Care Act impacts Medicare.

Reading and understanding health care policy can be challenging, but these three articles make it clear that the Affordable Care Act has made Medicare stronger. Conversely, If Republicans totally repeal the Affordable Care Act, Medicare will be weakened.

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