Percent of 330 million Americans receiving or not receiving coverage.
· 10 million in health exchanges, 3% of total, controversial because of high costs of subsidizing , low number of physicians accepting exchange patients, low level of acceptance by the young and healthy, heavy losses by insurers, and financial failure of health exchange co-ops, 12 of 23 of which have gone bankrupt.
- 70 million in Medicaid, 21% of total, which is growing at an unprecedented high rate under ObamaCare, partly because of high rates of signups during health exchange campaign, which imposes cost burdens on states.
- 55 million in Medicare, 17% of total, which is growing at rate of 10,000 a day, or roughly 3.65 million a year. Contentious because Medicare contributes heavily to national budget deficit of $19 trillion and because ObamaCare cuts Medicare by % 565 billion and redistributes money from middle class to underinsured and uninsured.
- 160 million in employer-sponsored plans, 48% of total, which has come under fire because of relentless rises in premiums and deductibles, transfers to costs (i.e, “cost sharing”) to consumers through health savings accounts, regulations and penalties for employers with more than 50 full-time workers.
- 33 million uninsured, 10% of total, who are the object of most liberal critics, who say health coverage is a right and lack of coverage is at once a scourge, shame, and abomination and which could ended by compassionate universal government-sponsored care or Medicare-for-All by a mere $15 trillion or so. The chief aim of ObamaCare, projected to cost $1 trillion over the next decade, is to limit the number of uninsured and those living below federal poverty levels.
- 12 million illegal immigrants, 3.6% of the total, a few of whom receive limited benefits but most of whom live “in the shadows”, and who are ineligible to receive benefits.