Hits and Misses

Avalere: ObamaCare Exchanges will only have 4.5 million signed up by end of 2014 open enrollment.

Australia scraps drug price controls to speed up access to new medicines.

The number of privately insured Americans taking drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder rose by 4.8 million (36 percent), 2008 to 2012.

Aaron Carroll: You can’t trust the five second rule.

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  1. John Grazhdanin says:

    Amazing how price theory works when you give it a chance.

  2. Ian Kodanik says:

    ADHD: as good an excuse as any.

  3. Sarah says:

    Over 99% of the bacterial cells transferred from the tile to the bologna after just five seconds of the bologna hitting the floor!

    Ick!

    • Jay says:

      What they aren’t saying is 95% of the bacterial cells were already on it because its bologna. Not exactly the poster child of clean eating.

  4. Matthew says:

    Looks like they will be less than a million enrollees away from meeting their goal. I wonder if the surge of enrollees after President Obama’s viral video is real. If so, it could yield more than expected people that sign up by the end of March.

  5. Jay says:

    “…the number of adults on these medications has been increasing at a much faster pace, up 53.4% vs. 18.9% from 2008 to 2012.”

    Possibly attributed to college students, after experiencing how much work can be done on ADHD medications.

    • James M. says:

      Or due to people becoming adults in that 4 year span. More people are diagnosed, and as they grow up, they could still be on those meds.

  6. Andrew says:

    First you can trust the five second rule, then you can’t. What is with all of the flip-flopping? I am sure if you have a decent immune system, the five second rule is an okay standard to go by.

    • Bill B. says:

      Also, hygienic standards factor in as well. Dropping food on an unkempt floor and dropping food on a well kept floor are two different things.

  7. Devon Herrick says:

    Avalere: ObamaCare Exchanges will only have 4.5 million signed up by end of 2014 open enrollment.

    Many policy wonks fear that 20% of those will never get around to pay their first premium. Another 20% may drop out sometime during the year. It may be months before we know how many of these 4.5 million stick.

    • Rebecca says:

      Food for thought: One of the largest abusers of the Emergency room, the Latino community is holding back. Not trusting the program? Non-computer literate? Green-card shy? If few of the “healthy” sign up and the most costly users of the healthcare system are not signing up, where does that leave the cost of the program, it’s already costing plenty for the elderly & pre-existing condition-ers to just sign on, but if there’s no balance…?

  8. White says:

    It is interesting to see relieving the watchdog. Let the market adjust the price.