ObamaCare customers book more checkups, data shows

People who bought insurance through the exchanges created by ObamaCare were more likely to book checkups than people covered by employer health insurance in 2014, according to new data from an online appointment service.

The statistics signal success for the Obama administration, which touted access to preventive health as a way to shrink the country’s healthcare spending.

The year of data also revealed more good news for ObamaCare: While customers sought more annual appointments like physicals and women’s health exams, there was no spike in demand for other, more costly specialists.

The findings could debunk a major Republican gripe with the Affordable Care Act, who warned that the people who sign up will have expensive healthcare needs that shift costs to other customers.

The data, which was collected by a private appointment company called ZocDoc, covers thousands of users aged 18 to 64 in every state.

"The vast majority who signed up in the first wave of Obamacare didn't have acute medical needs, contrary to expectations," Dr. Oliver Kharraz, the chief operating officer of ZocDoc, told Reuters, which first reported the data.

People with insurance plans through the insurance exchanges are also more likely to seek preventive care than people enrolled in Medicaid, the government’s low-income insurance program, according to ZocDoc.