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Issue: "Exchanges"

RAND: Only One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange Sign-Ups Were From The Previously Uninsured

Avik Roy
Forbes, The Apothecary
Mon, 2014-03-31
"Today is March 31, 2014: in theory, the last day you can sign up for coverage under the subsidized Obamacare insurance exchanges. If you’ve been a regular reader of this space, you know that the numbers routinely paraded by the Obama administration regarding Obamacare website sign-ups don’t tell us much about the actual number of uninsured individuals who have gained coverage. A new study from the RAND Corporation indicates that only one-third of exchange sign-ups were previously uninsured."

Modest Obamacare reforms insured more people than massive system overhaul

Byron York, Washington Examiner
Mon, 2014-03-31
"Assume all the numbers are correct, or at least close to correct. By far the largest part of Obamacare's health coverage expansion has come from a) expanding Medicaid, and b) allowing young people to stay on their parents' coverage. The part where Democrats essentially blew up the health care markets, imposed the individual mandate, and caused premiums to rise and deductibles to skyrocket? That hasn't been such a success. If the Times number are correct, all of that -- placing new burdens of higher costs and narrower choices on millions of Americans, in addition to setting the stage for coming changes in employer-based coverage -- has resulted in two million of the previously uninsured gaining coverage."

Long Waits as Health Deadline Nears

Louise Radnofsky & Jennifer Corbett Dooren, Wall Street Journal
Mon, 2014-03-31
"Americans face a Monday deadline for enrolling in health insurance after last-minute efforts over the weekend produced long lines, extra security and hours of waiting across the country. HealthCare.gov, the federal web portal for purchasing coverage, was up and running after sunrise on the East Coast, but early visitors saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. Obama administration spokesman Aaron Albright said the site's "regular nightly maintenance" was extended for what the Department of Heatlh and Human Services called a "software bug" unrelated to application volume."

Obamacare in Oregon: A failed exchange

Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico
Mon, 2014-03-31
"Oregon and Washington state strongly embraced Obamacare and opened their own health insurance exchanges. The states are similar, not just geographically but politically, economically and demographically. As the first enrollment season winds down, Washington has some of the best results in the country. Next door, Oregon’s exchange website is still broken."

GOP senator: Administration 'cooking the books' on ObamaCare enrollment

Bernie Becker, The Hill
Sun, 2014-03-30
"Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said Sunday that the Obama administration was “cooking the books” on enrollment figures for ObamaCare. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Barrasso said he wasn’t persuaded by statistics that said more than 6 million people had signed up for insurance under the healthcare law."

Near the Finish Line: The Lifecycle of Obamacare’s Enrollment Target

Meghan McCarthy
The Morning Consult
Sun, 2014-03-30
"The Obama administration announced they hit their revised goal of 6 million enrollees on the Affordable Care Act exchanges this week, several days before enrollment closes tomorrow. Politically, hitting this benchmark is an important symbol for the administration, as it has struggled to recover from the disastrous rollout of the insurance exchange websites this fall. But policy-wise, it doesn’t mean nearly as much. And it may take until 2016 to really see if the law is successful at consistently getting lots of Americans affordable health insurance."

Was Obamacare Worth It? How Many of the Previously Uninsured Have Really Signed Up?

Bob Laszewski
Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review
Sun, 2014-03-30
"Health insurance reform was long overdue. But did it need to be done the way the architects of the Affordable Care Act did it? Obamacare was enacted, and the private health insurance market fundamentally changed, so that we could cover millions of people who previously couldn't get coverage."

Five Things to know about the Health Law's March 31 Deadline

Christopher Weaver
Wall Street Journal
Sat, 2014-03-29
"Six months after the disastrous launch of the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance marketplaces, Monday is slated to be the final day to sign up for coverage under President Obama’s signature domestic program—sort of. Here’s what you need to know about the health law’s impending deadline, and the last-minute changes that will push the date back for many consumers."

Maryland set to replace troubled health exchange with Connecticut’s system

Mary Pat Flaherty & Jenna Johnson, Washington Post
Fri, 2014-03-28
"Maryland officials are set to replace the state’s online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has cost at least $125.5 million is broken beyond repair. The board of the Maryland exchange plans to vote on the change Tuesday, the day after the end of the first enrollment period for the state’s residents under the 2010 Affordable Care Act."

How Much Does Obamacare Rip Off Young Adults? We Ran The Numbers. Here Are The Results

Scott Gottlieb, Forbes
Fri, 2014-03-28
"Obamacare is still struggling to sign up young people. In order to offset the high cost of the older, and probably less healthy people who are joining Obamacare plans, the White House must coerce a sufficient number of thirty-somethings to also join. Problem is, the health plans are too pricey to make economic sense for many young adults."

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