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View Diary: ACA: I MADE IT!! (plus, enrollment chart now added to ACASignups.net) (55 comments)

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  •  Why can't anyone agree on the numbers? (0+ / 0-)

    You're reporting between 150,000 and 600,000 depending on whether Medicaid is counted.  Rachel Maddow said 100,000.  NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me had the ACA as one of their quiz questions, and the host said only 24,000 were enrolled!  (Not sure what his source was.)

    What is the issue here?  How many different ways are there to count "how many people have insurance through Obamacare"?

    ------RM

    •  There are many ways to count, because there (7+ / 0-)

      are many ways to benefit from the ACA.  

      To focus on the enrollments through the exchanges is too narrow a gauge for  how many people have benefited. Medicaid expansion will benefit millions, but will not be counted in exchange enrollments.  People who have income too high to qualify for subsidies can buy ACA compliant policies, either to gain or improve their insurance, directly from an insurance company.  Again, a benefit not captured by solely counting exchange enrollments.

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 08:29:12 AM PST

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      •  Exactly. My wife and I fall into this category (0+ / 0-)

        Even if our income ends up being a bit higher next year (thus denying us any subsidies at all), our new plan will, overall, be slightly better than the current one. Frankly, it'll probably be a wash in our case, but that's the exception, not the rule.

    •  The 24,000 figure ONLY included the FEDERAL (10+ / 0-)

      Exchange (not the state-run ones), and ONLY runs through 11/2.

      My chart includes the state-run exchanges as well (106K through 11/2), plus additional numbers reported since then, which currently tallies just over 150K.

      I also list Medicaid enrollments, although those are separated out.

      It is indeed a bit confusing but not that hard to figure out, really. The problem is that there's a lot of sloppy journalism going on.

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