The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week issued its latest update on Obamacare enrollment, revealing that 3.3 million people had used the new on line marketplaces to select new insurance plans. But the data, as always, didn't include some key information. HHS didn't say, for example, how many of these people had coverage before—or, among the previously insured, what kind of coverage they had. HHS isn't trying to hide information. In most of these instances, it simply doesn't have the information, at least in a way it can reliably analyze.
The data is murky, but it sounds a lot more like success than failure.
The federal government has released a breakdown of Obamacare enrollment, including age. What you make of that information depends a lot on your expectations.
Some perspective on the latest ACA freak-out
The latest health-care freak-out is overblown: The problems were fixable—and are getting fixed.
The Department of Health and Human Services just released enrollment figures for Obamacare in October. How you assess them depends entirely upon your baseline and expectations.Here’s the quick summary:
The real detail to watch is still to come
The Department of Health and Human Services will release initial enrollment statistics for Obamacare sometime this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. But the disputes have started already. Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky of the Wall Street Journal are reporting that no more than 50,000 people successful enrolled in insurance plans via healthcare.gov last month.
The Obamacare online saga may be reaching the phase where media and political hysteria is out of proportion to the actual problem. A case in point is the controversy over enrollment numbers.