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Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, April, 2013
President Obama signed the federal health care bill, The Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law three years ago. Let’s look at what has happened over the past three years.
The law remains extremely unpopular with Americans. Since passage, polls have consistently shown at least 50 percent of voters disapprove of the law. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that only 41 percent of respondents actually understood the law while 57 percent did not.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Anslyst, March, 2013
By law, health insurance carriers must retain a certain amount of money, or capital, above and beyond the company’s fixed liabilities. These reserves are an indicator of a company’s ability to pay claims, and the level of these reserves reflects the carrier’s financial stability.