Interesting thing about the numbers – although enrollment in private plans is low nationally, about 1/3 of those who did enroll did so in California. The enrollment appears to be on track in the states which participated – including Kentucky. And 400,000 enrolled in Medicaid in states which expanded their programs.
Some other numbers available through the link.
One thing is clear, we’re going to have a clear basis for a scientific evaluation of the effectiveness of Obamacare. There is already a clear deliniation between participating states and boycotting states. If you didn’t have to rely on the federal webpage, you most likely got enrolled.
I’ll have more to say about this, but I’m betting in six months or so we won’t be hearing much about the glitchy website. The question is whether the exchanges will actually reduce premiums and whether the mandatory 80 percent of premiums going to health care generates better coverage.
We’ll know the answers to a lot of these questions by the end of 2014 because the Republican governors have given us a bright line basis for comparison.