How Many Selected the Correct Plan on the Exchange?

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 10:38 am

By “correct” plan I mean the policy which should likely produce the best net financial outcome for them based on their health conditions, subsidies and probability of developing a major illness this year.

Grading Obamacare on a Curve

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 1:12 pm

Take for example the great press and victory lap President Obama took yesterday for get just over 7 million signups on the exchange. If you take the long view on this one metric they deserve a grade of B-. After all before the website problems Kathleen Sebelius said success looked like “at least 7 million.”

Just barely crossing your minimum benchmark is an acceptable but not stellar performance.

Last Minute Surge Gets Obamacare to 7 Million Registration Goal

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 8:17 am

Anyone who has been to the post office on April 15th will know that many people tend to wait until the very last minute to do things. Signing up for health insurance on proved to be no different.

This is How Desperate Obama is to get Young People to Sign Up for Coverage

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 11:16 am

Does anyone think Obama would be doing this if the rollout went well, the law was popular, and exchange sign ups were well ahead of expectations at this point? This is not a plan A, it is more of a Hail Mary.

It Is Bittersweet That 90% of Congressional Staffers Are Unhappy With Exchange Coverage

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 10:20 am

A special provision in the Affordable Care Act is forcing many Congressional staffers on to the D.C. exchange and many are not happy with the results.

Young People Aren’t Flocking to Obamacare Yet

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 8:15 am

After a very long delay the federal government has finally started releasing demographic data about who is signing up for coverage on the new exchanges. According to Department of Health and Human Services only 24 percent of people who have signed up for coverage on either the state or federal exchanges are between the ages of 18-34.

Would All State-Based Exchanges Have Been Just as Problematic?

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 2:40 pm

While’s first two months were a disaster, the federal exchange’s performance was about average when compared to all states that tried to created their own.

People With Obamacare Will Still Go Broke

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 12:08 pm

President Obama promise “if you like your insurance you can keep it” has generated a lot of attention lately, but long-term the failure of an even more oft-repeated promise will be more important. Obama has frequently implied using the Affordable Care Act will stop people from going broke if they get sick, even though this will not be true.

GOP Governors’ Decision Not to Build Exchanges Was One of the Smartest Political Moves in Years

By: Tuesday December 3, 2013 9:55 am

In light of the continuing problems with it is clear Republican governors made an incredibly smart political decision when they opted not to build their own state-based exchanges. If you separate it from the policy implications, on a purely political level it was one of the smartest collective political moves in years.

Buying Insurance Is Complicated, That Is Why I Wanted at Least a Public Option

By: Friday November 15, 2013 9:25 am

ACA was supposed to be both a benchmark and a guarantee of at least one not terrible option. Now people just face a very confusing mess on the exchanges, and it is beyond frustrating that Obama only actually figured this out a few days ago.

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