Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I Don't Know...Something's Missing
The fact that Affordable Care Act enrollments are spiking in states that have functioning exchange websites of their own is great news for the law and for the many thousands of people who will be newly, or better, insured come Jan. 1.
Beutler then cites an LA Times story which reports;
A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials.Except for California, which has nearly 91,000 supposed enrollees, there are no figures for the actual numbers of enrollees given. Nor are there any baseline figures for the "enrollment targets" per state mentioned.
“What we are seeing is incredible momentum,” said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation’s largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California — which enrolled about 31,000 people in health plans last month — nearly doubled that in the first two weeks of this month.
Several other states, including Connecticut and Kentucky, are outpacing their enrollment estimates, even as states that depend on the federal website lag far behind.
This journalistic misdirection is not fooling a lot of people. Take Wynton Hall for example.
Most people who have shopped online know that putting the product in the cart is not the same as paying for the product. What I want to know is how many people have actually purchased an ACA compliant health insurance plan online, through either the individual state web sites or on the federal site?
Those are the only numbers that matter.