Health in the U.S. is not considered a universal right. This is not compatible with most industrialized (rich) countries around the world. As of March 24, 2017, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sustained one more attempt to be repealed and replaced.  The ACA remains the law of the land.

Why is it that the ACA has been so commented and criticized and yet it continues surviving. Let’s review some reports:

The Commonwealth Fund:

Commonwealth Fund  Scorecard on State Health System Performance (2017)

Nearly all state health systems improved on several health indicators between 2013 and 2015, a period that coincides with the Affordable Care Act’s major coverage expansions.

The Congressional Budget Office’s crystal ball: How well did it forecast the effects of the Affordable Care Act? (2015)

Although the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) overestimated marketplace enrollment by 30% and marketplace costs by 28%, and it underestimated Medicaid enrollment by 14%, its prediction was reasonably accurate.

Mirror, mirror on the wall (2014)

This report presented a realistic view of the U.S health care system when compared to 10 other rich nations’ health systems. This comparison reflects the performance before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014.