Despite open enrollment ending March 31, Cynthia Cox, senior policy analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation, says that the success of the Affordable Care Act will depend on a number of factors – and is what really matters in the long-term.

It is too soon to tell whether the ACA as a whole has been successful, Cox explains. Despite an estimated 7 million Americans signing up through March 31, it is still unclear how well the coverage in the law will work over time, “so the overall success of the ACA will depend on a number of factors such as whether most people uninsured now get coverage and if they perceive that coverage to be a good deal,” she says.

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