[IN-DEPTH] Affordable Care Act seems to be working

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 7.34.18 AMBy Margot Sanger-Katz | The New York Times

After a year fully in place, the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama’s main promises, an analysis by a team of reporters and data researchers shows. But it has also fallen short in some ways and given rise to a powerful conservative backlash.

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen by about 25 percent this year, or about eight million to 11 million people.

At least as many people have enrolled in Medicaid, the government health care program for lower-income people, as have signed up for private insurance through the new online marketplaces.

Several million more are expected to sign up in the coming year, but the total number of uninsured is projected to remain around 30 million for years to come.

Whether the uninsured population is further reduced significantly will depend in part on whether more states opt to expand Medicaid. So far, 23 states have declined to do so.

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