ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Spinning the numbers
McClatchy summarizes a Commonwealth Fund report:
WASHINGTON — - Some 9.5 million Americans gained health coverage during the recent marketplace enrollment period as the uninsured rate for working-age adults fell from 20 percent to 15 percent, according to a new national survey by the Commonwealth Fund.
A rate which, when you work out the deaths, is unconscionable.*
Young adults ages 19-34, whose participation in the Affordable Care Act’s coverage initiative was crucial but always uncertain, saw some of the largest coverage gains. Their uninsured rate fell from 28 percent to 18 percent.
Crucial to the actuarial soundness of the program; it says nothing about health outcomes at all. What it does show is that ObamaCare has preserved the ability of insurance companies to extract rent. Film at 11.
Uninsured rates for Latinos fell from 36 percent to 23 percent, the survey found. And low-income adults earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level saw their uninsured rate drop from 35 percent to 24 percent.
The findings suggest the health law is meeting its goal of increasing coverage for hard-to-reach groups. Sixty-three percent of adults with new coverage through Medicaid or the insurance marketplaces were previously uninsured, the survey found.
Notice the language about "hard to reach" groups. FIrst, this is marketing-speak, and again has nothing to do with health care outcomes. Second, as we know, not all the "hard to reach" were targeted.
Sixty percent of adults with new coverage had used it to fill a prescription or visit a doctor or hospital by June. Among those that did, 62 percent said they wouldn’t have been able to do so without their new coverage.
Which is good! A program as big as ObamaCare is bound to help somebody, no matter how fucked up it is.
And while marketplace coverage has been noted for having narrow networks of care providers, 54 percent of survey respondents said their plan included all or some of the doctors they preferred. And more than 60 percent were able to get an appointment with their new primary care physician within two weeks, the survey found.
So, including the doctor you want is a little bit better than a coin flip? WTF?
Imagine the Obots were selling you cars instead of insurance. Would you really think you'd found a trustworthy dealer if you couldn't get the model you wanted 46% of the time, and 40% of the time you couldn't get the car to start? What's wrong with these people?
NOTE * Note that whenever you hear that the ObamaCare rollout was actuarially sound, that means people were dying because markets. If you look at the rollout from the perspective of saving lives, not money, massive adverse selection would be exactly what you want. Of course, the political class doesn't think that way, all across the board.
NOTE One thing you can take to the bank: Whoever did the study wasn't actually using ObamaCare.