The endless national debate over health policy is long on politics and short on facts. There are lots of interesting things happening right now in health care, things more important even than Barack Obama’s poll numbers.
Like, for instance, the success we’ve seen in controlling health costs. According to a report last week from the Council of Economic Advisers,
Health care spending growth is the lowest on record. According to the most recent projections, real per capita health care spending has grown at an estimated average annual rate of just 1.3 percent over the three years since 2010. This is the lowest rate o record for any three – year period and less than one-third the long-term historical average stretching back to 1965.
In large part because of the ACA’s role in slowing the growth of health care spending, CBO estimates that the ACA will reduce deficits by about $100 billion over the coming decade and by an average of 0.5 percent of GDP ($83 billion per year in today’s eco nomy) over the following decade. These deficit savings are likely to grow over time and are separate from the revisions in CBO’s Medicare and Medicaid spending projections that were discussed on the last page (which are not directly attributable to the ACA).