Has the Affordable Care Act Fulfilled Its Promises?

A Year Into the New Healthcare Landscape, People Have More Choices and More Access—for the Most Part


A year ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was launched with an abundance of promises to Californians: People with preexisting conditions would no longer be denied coverage from health insurance companies. More people would receive free or low-cost coverage through Medi-Cal. Shopping for health insurance on the Covered California website would be as easy as shopping on Amazon.

Have these promises been kept? And has one of the most highly touted promises of this sweeping healthcare reform—that it would give consumers more choices—been fulfilled? The answers to both these questions are …

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