Sunday, March 30, 2014

How many uninsured now have insurance due to Obamacare?

How many people who had no insurance last year now have it with Obamacare? Junking much of our health care system was a required emergency measure in 2010 because of uninsured people. (It was such an emergency that Congressmen were not given time to read the bill they voted for.) Since the uninsured forced Obamacare on us how many of the newly signed up didn’t have medical insurance before?

No one knows. It is complicated and involves assumptions and interpretations… And Obama’s bureaucrats are not keeping track. What? They are not even trying to find out! Daily Caller:

 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) deputy administrator Gary Cohen, who directs the agency’s health insurance reform unit, said that CMS is not tracking information about previously uninsured enrollees.

“That’s not a data point we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way,” Cohen said when asked how many uninsured people are signing up on the Obamacare exchanges, according to a tweet from National Journal’s Sam Baker.

Locally Danny Westneat, talking about Washington, says he knows. But then he says the state doesn’t know. Seattle Times quoting Westneat:

The state doesn’t know how many of these people were previously uninsured.

So how does he know? Not by any method he talks about. But, more importantly, he is sure that all the criticism is from Republicans.

An appointed member of a Washington health care oversight board told me the same this week -- that Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is not keeping track. No one knows.

See also Megan McArdle at Bloomberg “A Key Obamacare Question We Cannot Answer."

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