Study: Obamacare Could Improve Health But Overburden System

Obamacare is expected to improve Americans’ health, but at the expense of a poorly prepared healthcare system, according to a new study.

While more uninsured people are getting coverage, so far there has been little evidence of the law’s effects on health. A new study published in the journal Health Affairs Wednesday examined the estimate of the healthcare law’s expansion of coverage on managing several chronic diseases.

Researchers analyzed data from 1999 to 2012 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that evaluates relationships between health insurance and the diagnosis and management of diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.

The study found that people with insurance had significantly higher probabilities of being diagnosed with a chronic condition, by 14 percentage points for diabetes and high cholesterol and nine points for hypertension.