Parsing the Numbers

This is from RAND:

  • Of those who were previously uninsured but are now insured, 7.2 million gained [employer-sponsored insurance], 3.6 million are now covered by Medicaid, 1.4 million have signed up through a marketplace, while the remainder gained coverage through other sources.
  • Our estimates suggest that only about one-third of new marketplace enrollees were previously uninsured. While this percentage seems low in absolute terms, it is slightly higher than an earlier figure reported by McKinsey & Company.
  • Less than one million who previously had individual market insurance transitioned to being uninsured.

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  1. Perry says:

    I don’t think this makes the ACA a rousing success yet.

  2. Brian says:

    Just waiting for the tracked numbers – but I think they are ‘cooked’ to say the least.

    https://siteanalytics.compete.com/healthcare.gov#.U0X_H1edH3A

    There is a good start for how ‘cooked’ – The other notion is that the SSN’s should be run against the dead, deceased and non – living rolls – I am betting there is entirely too much Gogol Dead Souls tactics.

  3. Ivan Grazhdanin says:

    That’s not much ground to have gained for so great an investment.

  4. Ian Kodanik says:

    Yes, it seems as though those who chose no to be insured before still feel the same way.

  5. PJ says:

    Have those folks paid their premiums too?

  6. Steve says:

    “Our estimates suggest that only about one-third of new marketplace enrollees were previously uninsured”

    Well that’s not what the president was looking for, is it?

    • Lacey says:

      Probably wasn’t looking for this then, either:

      Of the 40.7 million who were uninsured in 2013, 14.5 million gained coverage, but 5.2 million of the insured lost coverage

  7. Anne says:

    I would be interested in seeing the numbers on the total number of uninsured who remain uninsured, and- more importantly- why they still don’t have coverage. High costs? Not understanding how it works? Just don’t want insurance? Etc.

  8. Ted says:

    You know what I appreciate most, though? This:

    Thus, it should not be surprising that our estimates may not match perfectly

    At least RAND is willing to admit that their numbers might not be perfect. Take a note, Obama Administration.

  9. BHS says:

    I’d like to see more investigation into the government starting healthcare.gov applications for people: http://www.shark-tank.com/2014/04/04/hhs-started-individual-obamacare-applications-prior-to-deadlineobtained-personal-info-from-states/