David Mastio, Forum editor at USA TODAY, asked RAND's Christine Eibner four questions about President Obama's plan to fix the problem with people getting their insurance canceled.
The ACA's goal of expanding access to health coverage has implications for health care costs at many levels: for individuals and families, for employers, for insurers, and for governments. In addition, the ACA contains provisions intended to restrain growth in health care costs:
RAND's analysis of the ACA's cost and coverage implications focuses on how implementation will affect individual decisions to obtain insurance, employer decisions about offering coverage, and government spending. For instance, some of our studies examine:
Much of our work uses COMPARE, a sophisticated microsimulation model, to estimate the ACA's likely effects on costs and coverage across various scenarios.