The US healthcare system has long been plagued by high costs and a slow pace of progress, but the Affordable Care Act could significantly change that.
The law, which aims to improve healthcare coverage and speed up delivery, is expected to increase the number of births by about 100,000 per year, according to a report released by the National Bureau of Economic Research on Tuesday.
While the number is a relatively small fraction of the US population, the report found that the number could rise by a factor of about 10,000 for women in their 20s and 30s, and by about 25,000 each year for women aged 60 and older.
This could have significant impacts on the health of the nation’s children, said the report, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health.
“This study has demonstrated that increased access to high-quality health care could improve outcomes in children and adults across the board, with little or no impact on health care cost, quality, and utilization,” it said.
But the healthcare system in the United States is not immune to the cost pressures of the ACA.
In addition to increasing births, the ACA will also improve healthcare outcomes for the vast majority of Americans.
Although the Affordable Healthcare Act will not cover everyone who needs care, it will make a significant impact on the lives of those who do, said Mark Muro, the executive director of the National Center for Children in Poverty at the University of California, Los Angeles.
A child with diabetes will have to wait about a month to see a primary care doctor, for example, compared to a child without the condition.
For people with chronic conditions, such as heart disease and cancer, waiting to see their doctor can cause delays in their care.
Obamacare has increased access for Medicaid enrollees, but many remain uninsured.
Some Americans are still being told by their insurance companies that they can’t get care, even if they qualify for the program.
Americans in some states have begun to feel the effects of the law.
A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that just over half of Americans are aware of the coverage changes, but that only 36% of them would pay more out of pocket for healthcare.
People are not as happy about the law as they were when the Affordable Health Care Act was enacted in 2010.
Despite the economic gains, the law will not be able to provide the stability that people had hoped for, said Andrew Guevara, an economist at the Brookings Institution.
As it stands, the number one reason people lose their jobs or are laid off from their jobs due to the ACA is the cost of healthcare.
But the ACA may have a far larger impact on healthcare costs than the previous three major financial crisis.
That could mean that insurance premiums will rise faster than wages and that healthcare will become more expensive than other sectors, he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.