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August 29, 2014

Obamacare Not Making Progress on Uninsured

“Early signals suggest the majority of the 2.2 million people who sought to enroll in private insurance through new marketplaces through Dec. 28 were previously covered elsewhere, raising questions about how swiftly this part of the health overhaul will be able to make a significant dent in the number of uninsured,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Insurers, brokers and consultants estimate at least two-thirds of those consumers previously bought their own coverage or were enrolled in employer-backed plans.”

“The data, based on surveys of enrollees, are preliminary. But insurers say the tally of newly insured consumers is falling short of their expectations, a worrying trend for an industry looking to the law to expand the ranks of its customers.”

  • F Michael Addams

    OR..if the Courtier Press actually wanted some verifiable..peer reviewed data..They could look to Massachusetts and RomneyCare…2006 to present..Oh..My Stars..!..” If you don’t know where your going..Any road will get you there..”

  • F Michael Addams

    OR..If the Courtier Press actually wanted some verifiable..Peer reviewed data..They could look to Massachusetts and RomneyCare..2006 to present..Oh..My Stars..!..” If you don’t know where you’re going..any road will get you there..”

  • Lorehead

    I consider this bad news, because I want to see more people insured. But also premature: let’s see the final numbers in March, and then see what happens next year. Is this structural, or is it a temporary side-effect of the fact that the website didn’t work for two months?

    I’ll make a prediction, though: a lot of people who don’t even want the uninsured to get insurance, but who are deeply emotionally invested in wanting Obamacare to “fail,” are going to call this evidence that Obamacare is a “failure.”

  • Brutus

    There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.

    Original CBO projections called for 7 million people to enroll in the exchanges and also expected around 2 million people to leave the individual market and go to the healthcare exchanges (most likely because they can get subsidized coverage) for a net increase of 5 million people. Then you would expect around 1.5 to 2.5 million of your uninsured to enroll in the individual market instead of the exchanges (data which can’t be easily tracked) largely because around 20 to 30% of the uninsured getting insurance would be unsubsidized and can likely get a better selection and better overall deal in the individual market over the limited number of plans on the exchanges. Run some simple numbers and you easily see around 50-60% or so need to move from the individual market to the exchanges as a result of all of this. By the way, New York state (a much more reputable source than the Wall Street Journal) reports 56%.

    NO STORY HERE. But then the Wall Street Journal clearly has a political agenda and really can’t be trusted to report the data in an unbiased fashion.

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