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LAT: O-Care Insures 9.5M Previously Uninsured

From a joyous Los Angeles Times:

Obamacare has led to health coverage for millions more people

At least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gotten health insurance since Obamacare started, surveys and reports show.

By Noam N. Levey | March 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s healthcare law, despite a rocky rollout and determined opposition from critics, already has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century, national surveys and enrollment data show. As the law’s initial enrollment period closes, at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage…

Notice how the LA Times is going out of its way to confuse their low information readers into thinking that all of these 9.5 million newly insured people are buying insurance through the exchanges. When more than half of them are getting Medicaid.

In reality, even by the LAT’s own admission, only about 2 million previously uninsured people have actually signed up for a real insurance policy through Obama-Care. And who knows how many of those will ever make a payment?

Precise figures on national health coverage will not be available for months.

When people are no longer paying attention.

But available data indicate:

• At least 6 million people have signed up for health coverage on the new marketplaces, about one-third of whom were previously uninsured.

So only 2 million people have gotten insurance via Obama-Care who did not have insurance. And so much for the nine million figure implied in the headline and subheadline.

• A February survey by consulting firm McKinsey & Co. found 27% of new enrollees were previously uninsured, but newer survey data from the nonprofit Rand Corp. and reports from marketplace officials in several states suggest that share increased in March.

Waffle words: "reports suggest." And how come we aren’t told how much it increased?

• At least 4.5 million previously uninsured adults have signed up for state Medicaid programs, according to Rand’s unpublished survey data, which were shared with The Times. That tracks with estimates from Avalere Health, a consulting firm that is closely following the law’s implementation.

Previous reports have indicated that a lot of the people signing up for Medicaid via Obama-Care already had Medicaid. But because of Obama-Care, their coverage was interrupted. So who knows how many of these 4.5 million signing up for Medicaid didn’t have it previously?

• An additional 3 million young adults have gained coverage in recent years through a provision of the law that enables dependent children to remain on their parents’ health plans until they turn 26, according to national health insurance surveys from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So, in a nutshell, only about 2 million previously uninsured people have actually signed up for a real insurance policy through Obama-Care. The remaining 7.5 million people seem to be composed of 4.5 million who are getting Medicaid. Which is not insurance.

And the remaining 3 million seems to be kids who can stay on their parents policy. So they were not technically ‘uninsured’ yet, anyway.

• About 9 million people have bought health plans directly from insurers, instead of using the marketplaces, Rand found. The vast majority of these people were previously insured.

So none of these people were previously uninsured, either. And this number has absolutely nothing to do with Obama-Care, anyway. Except that maybe some of these people had to re-purchase plans because their insurance was cancelled by Obama-Care.

• Fewer than a million people who had health plans in 2013 are now uninsured because their plans were canceled for not meeting new standards set by the law, the Rand survey indicates.

And, once again, note that waffle words: "the Rand survey indicates." In fact, give all the previous reports to the contrary, we find this claim as hard to believe as the rest of them.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “LAT: O-Care Insures 9.5M Previously Uninsured”

  1. This used to be actionable Disinformation and careers ruined. Now it’s time for a Promotion and free hookers in Vegas.


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