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Issue: "Uninsured"

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."

White House Announces 6 Million Obamacare 'Sign-Ups,' But Number of Uninsured Enrollees Remains A Mystery

Avik Roy, Forbes
Thu, 2014-03-27
"Earlier today, Marilyn Tavenner of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that “more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces since October 1, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.” Given all of the technical problems that dogged healthcare.gov last October, this is an impressive turnaround. But it sheds little light onto the two questions most analysts are focused on. First, how many of those signing up have paid their first month’s premium, thereby activating coverage? And second: How many of those with coverage were previously uninsured? At this point, we have no definitive answers."

Obamacare’s Shortcomings in Two Charts

Chris Jacobs
The Heritage Foundation
Tue, 2013-06-25

"Obamacare continues to fall short of the lofty predictions about it — and here are two new charts to prove it. The charts, included as part of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) presentation over the weekend, summarize the CBO’s cost estimates of the law in the three years since its passage. The charts show that in every instance, the CBO’s estimate of the number of uninsured has risen, as has the number of workers who will lose coverage under their existing employer plans:"

Expanding Medicaid coverage is not a cure-all

Roberta Capp
The Washington Post
Fri, 2013-06-14

"If all states implement the Affordable Care Act, 18 million more people will be enrolled in Medicaid by the end of 2016. Even if some states opt out, the program is poised for a huge expansion. But having insurance does not guarantee access to health care. Policymakers need to explore and reduce the barriers Medicaid patients face as millions join an already overburdened system."

Two-Thirds of Americans Don't Know If They Will Insure Under Obamacare

Dan Magnan, CNBC
Mon, 2013-06-03

"Nearly two-thirds of Americans who currently lack health insurance don't know yet if they will purchase that coverage by the Jan. 1 deadline set by the ACA, a new survey revealed Monday. And less than half of those in the survey released by InsuranceQuotes.com think they'll get better health care after Obamacare takes full effect. Nearly 50 percent believe the ACA will make it more difficult for them to get tests and procedures done in a timely manner, according to the phone survey of 1,001 adult Americans conducted in early May."

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Overruns Forcing Lower Payments to Some Providers in Stopgap Health Program

Robert Pear, The New York Times
Tue, 2013-05-21

"The Obama administration said Monday that it was cutting payments to doctors and hospitals after finding that cost overruns are threatening to use up the money available in a health insurance program for people with cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses. The administration had predicted that up to 400,000 people would enroll in the program, created by the 2010 health care law. In fact, about 135,000 have enrolled, but the cost of their claims has far exceeded White House estimates, exhausting most of the $5 billion provided by Congress."

Why Obamacare Is Oversold

Robert Samuelson
The Washington Post
Fri, 2013-05-10

"It’s the great moral imperative behind the Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare'): People should not be denied health care because they can’t afford insurance. Health status and insurance are assumed to be connected, and opponents have often been cast as moral midgets, willing to condemn the uninsured to unnecessary illness or death. The trouble is that health status and insurance are only loosely connected. This suggests that Obamacare may result in more spending and health services but few gains in the public’s health."

Landmark Study Shatters Liberal Health Care Claims

Philip Klein
The Washington Examiner
Wed, 2013-05-01

"During the health care debate, liberals argued that government had a moral duty to enact legislation that expanded health insurance among lower-income individuals. This was rooted in the assumption that obtaining health insurance translates into improved health. But a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine dramatically undermines this assumption and shatters the rationale behind the law’s Medicaid expansion."

Oregon Study Throws a Stop Sign in Front of ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion

Michael Cannon
Cato@Liberty
Wed, 2013-05-01

"There is no way to spin these results as anything but a rebuke to those who are pushing states to expand Medicaid. The Obama administration has been trying to convince states to throw more than a trillion additional taxpayer dollars at Medicaid by participating in the expansion, when the best-designed research available cannot find any evidence that it improves the physical health of enrollees."

Hospitals Serving The Uninsured Face Challenge Under Obamacare

Sarah Kliff, The Washington Post
Tue, 2013-04-16

"Hospitals that treat the most vulnerable patients may have the toughest time weathering spending cuts under President Obama’s health-care law... Under the Affordable Care Act, the safety-net hospitals will gain a new source of revenue when millions of the uninsured gain coverage. At the same time, the law’s spending cuts could prove challenging for hospitals that tend to operate with relatively small profit margins."

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