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  •  RAND estimates less than 1 million (2+ / 0-)
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    SoCalSal, JJ In Illinois

    lost plans and couldn't get another (the number that counts).

    I understand that this phase just closed, but this phase brought in well more than 15M enrollees (see acasignups.net), and not yet done since Medicaid (which counts) is ongoing as are some states.  While we will eventually get an estimate of how many previously were uninsured, we are on track to do what CBO suggested in feb: 7M via exchange (done), 13M less uninsured (TBD).

    Jonathan Cohn said it best: we don't know how well ACA works yet, but given the numbers we know it works. Not having the numbers would have meant it did not and that's why they are meaningful.

    Much of what we would all like to know (% healthy, next years rates, how many less uninsured) will take a long time to collect but that doesn't invalidate what we do know.

    But just because that's true doesn't make what we know now 'meaningless', your term, and only used to disparage the program. The proper way to describe the 7M in your terms is "good and necessary, but hasn't answered my questions yet"

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 10:25:30 AM PDT

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    •  Ok.. I'll go with your description (0+ / 0-)
      The proper way to describe the 7M in your terms is "good and necessary, but hasn't answered my questions yet"
      The numbers we have tell me very little about the long term viability of the program.
      •  a good explainer of why it's not simple (0+ / 0-)
        Why Some Don’t Pay Their Obamacare Premium: It’s Not What You Think
        http://t.co/...

        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

        by Greg Dworkin on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 12:33:20 PM PDT

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