Fig. 2. Percent Change in Number of Insured Americans 2013-201459
The “private option” has also benefited the health care industry. The
number of hospital patients has increased, but hospitals’ write-offs for
uninsured care plummeted by 56% the first year.60 The number of
hospitalized patients lacking insurance fell by 46%.61
59. Kevin Quealy & Margot Sanger-Katz, Obama’s Health Law: Who Was Helped
Most, N. Y. TIMES, Oct. 29, 2014, available at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/
60. See Andy Davis, Uninsureds’ Costs Plunge, Hospitals Say, ARK. DEMOCRAT-
GAZETTE, Nov. 1, 2014, at 1A, 7A [hereinafter Uninsureds’ Costs Plunge] (reporting
decrease in hospitals’ unreimbursed cost of providing care to the uninsured from $122.6
million in the first half of 2013 to $53.9 million in the first half of 2014). The Arkansas
Hospital Association “credited the private option with reducing the hospitals’ financial
losses for the first six months of 2014 by $69.2 million.” Id. at 7A.
61. See id. at 7A (reporting decrease from 9.180 to 4,913).