Effects of the ACA on Health Care Cost Containment

Source: Janet Weiner, Clifford Marks, Mark Pauly, University of Pennsylvania – Leonard Davis Institute, Issue Brief, Vol. 21, No. 4, February 2017

From the summary:
This brief reviews the evidence on how key ACA provisions have affected the growth of health care costs. Coverage expansions produced a predictable jump in health care spending, amidst a slowdown that began a decade ago. Although we have not returned to the double-digit increases of the past, the authors find little evidence that ACA cost containment provisions produced changes necessary to “bend the cost curve.” Cost control will likely play a prominent role in the next round of health reform and will be critical to sustaining coverage gains in the long term.