Significant parts of Obamacare are based on the statewide mandatory healthcare program in Massachusetts. Now, it seems, Massachusetts demonstrates that its death rate has fallen in the wake of mandatory health insurance. Mandatory health insurance is saving lives at an impressive rate.
The study tallied deaths in Massachusetts from 2001 to 2010 and found that the mortality rate — the number of deaths per 100,000 people — fell by about 3 percent in the four years after the law went into effect. 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. ...NYT
Of course, in states with anti-Obamacare political leaders the death rate will remain the same. No expanded medicare means a higher death count. At least this will give analyst the hard numbers. And make some trouble for Republicans...
There will be more evidence, as well, in coming years. The Affordable Care Act is its own sweeping experiment, as only about half the states expanded Medicaid.
“It’s very unfortunate for people living in states not expanding Medicaid,” said Richard Kronick, a health policy official at the Department of Health and Human Services, “but from the point of view of research, it’s a gold mine.” ...NYT