Tally of Uninsured Americans Likely to Stay High
But Moon tells WebMD, "I'm not cheered that there's only been modest improvement in health insurance coverage. Times are awfully good."
Employers and health plans argue that enactment of the "patients' bill of rights" could throw more than a million Americans off of employer coverage; the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill passed by the House would increase insurance premiums by more than 4%.
But Fronstin tells WebMD that this doomsday scenario is unlikely, with businesses desperate for workers, they are unlikely to discontinue coverage even if it became more expensive. Unemployment, he notes, is currently just 4%.
The briefing Friday was held by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Alliance for Health Reform, nonprofit policy groups.