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How Obamacare Helped Millions Who Lost Their Jobs During Covid-19, in 3 Charts

The Affordable Care Act faced its first big test as a safety net during Covid-19. New research finds it’s working well.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been the first serious test for the Affordable Care Act as a new social safety net — and the law’s provisions have proven adept, if imperfect, in protecting Americans from losing health insurance in the middle of an infectious disease outbreak and an economic crisis.

Two new analyses published in the last week explain concisely (as will I, aided by their charts) the depth of coverage losses resulting from the job losses of the last six months and the ACA’s success in catching many of those people to give them a new health insurance plan.

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