ObamaCare Clusterfuck: About the 8 million
(Wonkblog has improved since Ezra Klein went elsewhere, interestingly.) WaPo:
Last summer, the administration had hoped that 40 percent of exchange enrollees would be between 18 and 34, based on the Congressional Budget Office's estimates that 7 million people in all would enroll in 2014. Instead, the administration got 28 percent, which the White House and supporters very eagerly pointed out Thursday was nearly identical to youth enrollment in the first year of the Massachusetts health-care law that Obamacare was based on. ...*
The 2014 enrollment stories aren't over, however. We're still waiting to find out at least the following: How many purchased coverage off the exchanges, how many paid their premiums, what kind of coverage they purchased, how many joined Medicaid because of the expansion and more.
What really matters:
1) How many got insurance that didn't have it before; and
2) How good the polices are.
Neither question has been answered by the pom pom wavers so far; and in fact they can't be, because the back-end still isn't working, something nobody wants to talk about. So, using the simple number of sign-ups as a metric for success is deeply bogus. And that's before we get to all the inequities of ObamaCare's random access to care, leaving $400 billion (very minimum, as lets keeps pointing out) on the table, and so forth.
NOTE * In other words, Obama's got no pull with the youth at all, any more.