I’m in the middle of a major posting and my day job so I have not had the ability to post anything particularly insightful in the past 24 hours or so. But others have been writing good stuff. So here’s a compendium of Affordable Care Act / Adverse Selection stuff worth reading. I’m hoping to have the big post out tomorrow or maybe late tonight.
An intelligent and balanced guide to discussing the Affordable Care Act at Thanksgiving from one of the best writers on the topic, Sarah Kliff. I swear I know the people at the hypothetical Thanksgiving table she discusses. I bet you do too.
Excellent visuals on enrollment in the Exchanges by states. From this article in the Washington Post.
An Exchange website worse than healthcare.gov? It’s possible. And it’s a sitting Duck for criticism. Read about it here.
A dissection of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s statistical nonsense about the California enrollment numbers. Krugman echoes the meme that where the websites are working, the young are signing up in the Exchanges. James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal joins my posts here and here in showing that the evidence does not support this point and exposes with some precision exactly Mr. Krugman’s path of sophistry. Note to Mr. Krugman: there are other states with working websites. Have you looked at the enrollment picture there?
An article from KUOW providing anecdotal evidence that the substitution of subsidized Exchange policies for canceled private insurance may in many instances be welcomed by insureds — particularly those who have had high medical expenses. If you ignore for a moment the tax costs of providing the subsidies — which is close to but not quite the equivalent of the macabre “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?” joke — the ACA has made some people better off. The harder question is whether one gets much bang for the buck with the ACA.