Obamacare has saved lives. Without the health insurance and access to medicine and medical procedures it provides, tens of millions of Americans would be at risk of deteriorating illnesses and death, writes Becca Andrews and Kiera Butler in Mother Jones. As profiled in the news source, Americans whose lives have been saved by Obamacare include those who can now afford or are on the waiting list for organ transplants, cancer treatments, and medicine that treats mental illness that had previously been too expensive to purchase.
Obamacare has not saved any American lives. Statistics have shown that the number of lives saved each year by the actual legislation that was passed in 2010 is zero. Oren Cass writes in the National Review that while studies do suggest that health insurance can save lives, it is referring to those people with private insurance coverage. In contrast, explains Cass, Obamacare is an expansion of the public insurance program Medicaid, and studies of Medicaid have so far failed to show its positive effects on mortality that private insurance coverage has.