For this weekend’s progressive reading list, we have a pro-Affordable Care Act column from Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky, along with a series of reports on how various provisions of Obamacare have already saved billions of dollars per year for consumers. (More)


My State Needs Obamacare. Now. – an impassioned explanation from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) of how his state, which is the only Southern state to both expand Medicaid and establish state health insurance exchanges, will benefit from the Affordable Care Act.

Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums for 2014 – a study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finding that the cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will be lower than originally projected by the Congressional Budget Office for 94% of Americans.

Beyond Rebates – a report finding that the Affordable Care Act’s medical-loss ratio provisions led to savings for customers in the individual insurance market of $1.2 billion in 2011 and $2.1 billion in 2012.

The Affordable Care Act: a Stronger Medicare Program in 2012 – a report estimating that Medicare recipients saved a total of $5.7 billion in 2011 and 2012 due to the phased closing of the prescription drug plan donut hole

Quantifying the Effects of Health Insurance Rate Review – a report estimating that Obamacare’s provision requiring the review of proposed increases in health insurance costs had worked to reduce health insurance rate increases by approximately 25%.