Turns out that even by the Obama's administration's definition of healthcare success - The ACA is starting to fail:
Bottom Line: The biggest failure of the not-so Affordable Care Act was that it took the biggest obstacle in the way of lower costs and transparency (health insurance) and mandated it. So having more Americans on health insurance was never a plus in terms of progress towards a fix for the rising costs and lack of affordability of healthcare. That being said, the insured rate was the metric used by the Obama administration as their measure of success. Even that's now going backward.
- In 2016, 10.9% of Americans were uninsured
- In 2017, 11.3% of Americans are uninsured
So even the uninsured rate rose 3.7% this year demonstrating that by every possible measure by which one might evaluate the ACA...it's failing.