How Many Selected the Correct Plan on the Exchange?

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 9:26 am

There are still many unanswered questions about exchange enrollment frequently mentioned. How many people will actually complete the process by paying? What percent were previously uninsured? What will the relatively health of this group mean for premiums next year? etc… Most of these questions are about gauging the risk pool from the perspective of the [...]

Grading Obamacare on a Curve

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 11:10 am

The Affordable Care Act should be a future case study in setting expectations. What has been defined publicly as “success” or “failure” swings dramatically depending on what narrative dominates that month. Take for example the great press and victory lap President Obama took yesterday for get just over 7 million signups on the exchange. If [...]

Last Minute Surge Gets Obamacare to 7 Million Registration Goal

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 7:11 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 8:24 am

To promote the health care exchanges before the open enrollment period ends in a few weeks President Obama decided to go on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama The President deserves credit for doing whatever he can to try to make his [...]

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

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 8:38 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. From Politico: Ninety percent of staffers surveyed for a report released Monday by the Congressional Management Foundation said they are concerned about benefit changes under the health care law, [...]

Young People Aren’t Flocking to Obamacare Yet

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 7:11 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 [...]

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

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 10:42 am

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. I find this chart from Kevin Drum at Mother Jones comparing how well the exchanges have done at enrollment fascinating. (Red is state-based, blue is federal) First, it proves [...]

People With Obamacare Will Still Go Broke

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 10:54 am

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 [...]

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

By: Friday November 15, 2013 8:52 am

It was only in the past few weeks President Obama finally realized that buying insurance is inherently complicated and his signature law’s exchanges can’t make it simple. This is, of course, one of the many reasons I thought having (at least) a public option was so important. Given what my job is I have had [...]

Obama Basically Admits He Never Really Understood His Own Health Care Law

By: Friday November 15, 2013 3:11 am

President Obama delivered a very apologetic presser today on the problems with the Affordable Care Act, but the most remarkable moment was when Obama basically admitted he never really understood how his signature law would actually work. He claims to have only realized in the past few weeks that buying insurance on an exchange is [...]