Now that the official open enrollment closed last month and the extended quasi-open period ended a few days ago President Obama held a rare press conference to tout the final numbers for Obamacare this year. The big number is 8 million people have selected a plan on the new exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:08 pm|
If progressives want to make the case for government programs they need to prove they are good stewards of the purse. Cheering needlessly complicated and wasteful systems is not the way to do that.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 1, 2014 11:36 am|
When talking about health care the media has been conflating what are actually two very different things which just happen to contain the figure “7 million.” There is the 7 million signup benchmark for success set by the Obama administration and the 7 million covered by exchange plans projected by the Congressional Budget Office last year. While they may sound interchangeable they are not.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 18, 2014 12:16 pm|
Democrats have a real problem this year.
The 2014 election could go almost as badly as the 2010 election unless they can drive turnout among some of the groups that strongly support Democratic candidates, like Millennials. So it is probably not great that the Democrats’ most extensive outreach campaign directed towards Millennials is about helping large corporations.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 26, 2014 2:35 pm|
The number of people who have selected plans on the new state or federally run exchanges has reached four million according to the Obama administration. Health and Human Services claims approximately 4 million people have now signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based marketplaces since October 1, but a full enrollment report for the month won’t be out until mid-March.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:56 am|
Only about 5-10 million people are probably going to sign up for coverage on the new exchanges this year. So the insurers are going to spend about $50 per new costumer on advertising plus the hundreds of million the government is also spending on behalf of their outreach, exchange operation, and navigators. Money that would not be spent if we simply expanded public insurance to the uninsured.
|By: Jon Walker Friday December 13, 2013 7:35 am|
Problems with the Healthcare.gov website as well as low enrollment means significantly fewer people are going to be covered come January than the Obama administration planned, so they are doing everything they can to maximize the numbers.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday December 11, 2013 9:10 am|
On the plus side the exchanges are working better and this is helping to increase the number of people selecting plans. Over 360,000 people selected a private insurance plan on one of the exchanges in the first two month, with 227,478 selecting plans on the state run exchanges and 137,204 selecting plans on the federal Healthcare.gov.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 3, 2013 7:48 am|
The Obama administration has managed to make some significant improvements to Healthcare.gov but it is still not working as well as the administration has led people to believe. On Sunday they bragged the site “has the capacity to handle 50,000 concurrent or simultaneous users at one time.” But the very next day that was proven [...]