from Military One Click
By Amy Bushatz
Repealing Obamacare would leave more than nine percent of all veterans under 65 without health insurance, likely causing an increased strain on the Department of Veterans Affairs, researchers caution in a new report released Thursday.
As of 2015, about 5.8 percent of America’s 10.8 million estimated veterans under age 65 were without health insurance, the report found.
Eliminating the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it says, would push that number up to 9.1 percent, while subsequently increasing the number of veterans who rely on the VA for some or all of their health care needs.
The report, compiled by the nonpartisan Rand Corp. and released Thursday, examines demographics and health care data for non-elderly veterans under age 65 between 2013 and 2015.
The report was commissioned by the non-profit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New York State Health Foundation, which promote expanding health insurance coverages as part of their mission.
Among the report’s big-picture findings, said researcher Michael Dworsky, is the major impact Obamacare had on how veterans get their health care.
Rather than turning to the VA exclusively, most veterans carry some kind of dual coverage.