It has been four years since the ACA became law, but the American public thinks that we’ve barely begun to reform our health care system. The AP sums up a new poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research:
When asked to name up to 10 world or national problems they would “like the government to be working on” in 2014, Americans chiefly cite issues that have dominated — and often flummoxed — the White House and Congress for five years. Health care reform topped the list. […]For instance, 86 percent of those who called health care reform a top priority said they want the government to put “a lot” or “a great deal” of effort into it. But about half of them (49 percent) are “not at all confident” there will be real progress, and 20 percent are only “slightly confident.”
The debate over the country’s health care system is not in the least bit over. Americans want a convenient, affordable, high-quality health care system instead of the one that is now driving us to bankruptcy. But they don’t trust the government to create a simpler and more transparent system: not surprisingly, given all of its failures to date. The ACA may have taken small steps toward addressing some of the problems, but the law also made the current system far more complicated. Instead, we should be clearing a path for innovations in service delivery, such as the development of automated lab tests by one Silicon Valley company.The American people know that our system is still broken, with or without Obamacare. They aren’t alone; in developed and developing nations around the world, people want to see their health care systems overhauled.