(CNN) — The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been unquestionably rocky, but the rush to judgment was over the top. Critics had their knives out even though little data are available on initial program enrollment and success. It’s much too early to declare the program either a failure or a success.
Commentators who claim certainty need to be more humble in recognizing how little we know yet and more patient until we know more.
All the focus on the website problems obscured those benefits the ACA has already created since its passage in 2010.
More than 3 million young adults have gained insurance coverage after family coverage was extended through age 26. Since the law passed, closing Medicare’s “doughnut hole” allowed more than 7 million seniors and disabled people to save an average of $1,200 per person on prescription drugs.