New Obamacare survey shows users love it, but can they keep it?

New Obamacare survey shows users love it, but can they keep it?

The U.S. Supreme Court did not issue a ruling on King v. Burwell today.  That decision might still come this week.

Below is important CNBC story regarding a survey of people who have obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplaces.

June 15, 2015

New Obamacare survey shows users love it, but can they keep it?

By Dan Mangan

As the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates on a case that may very well undermine a central plank of Obamacare, the vast majority of people who have gained health coverage under the controversial program are happy with it, a new survey finds.

A total of 86 percent of people who are newly insured through private Obamacare health plans or Medicaid are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their coverage, according to the Commonwealth Fund report.

That report, issued last week, also reveals that almost 7 out of every 10 adults who are newly insured through either Obamacare private plans or Medicaid have actually used it to get health care.

And more than 60 percent of those said they would have been unable to get or pay for that treatment without that new coverage, according to the survey.

They really, really like it

“The Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions have been in place for nearly 18 months, and indications are that the newly insured are pleased with their coverage and are using it to get needed health care,” said Dr. David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund.

Yet the findings come as many of the newly insured are at risk of losing their health plans because of a pending Supreme Court case that could lead to federal financial aid for Obamacare insurance premiums being barred in 34 states.

If the high court rules for plaintiffs in that case, 6.4 million customers would lose their Obamacare subsidies—and many are expected to drop their insurance altogether. Numerous other non-subsidized customers may also drop coverage after facing much-higher premiums that would occur in those states.