Despite a major effort at deception that involved outright lying by opponents of the Affordable Care Act that actively sought to dissuade people from getting health insurance that would save them from some catastrophic expenses due to illness, and despite the disastrous rollout that seemed to confirm people’s worst fears, it looks like the enrollment figures will meet their original target of seven million. The final tallies will take some time to be sorted but initial signs are good.
Dylan Scott looks at all the predictions of the doomsayers that have proven to be false, such as:
More People Have Lost Coverage Than Gained It
The White House Is Cooking The Books On Obamacare Enrollment
Low Enrollment Numbers Prove Americans Don’t Want Obamacare — So We Should Repeal It
Incidentally, although the government seems to have bungled the roll out of the Affordable care Act sign up, I suspect that since it is a technical issue, it will get resolved at some point in the near future, despite all the yelling and screaming currently going on. So I have not been particularly exercised over it. What I am more interested in is how people who enroll in it will think about it a year from now.
That is what I still think. The next step is to make improvements in the system, which it will surely need to fix the inevitable glitches in such a massive program.
And the final step (I can dream, can’t I?) is to scrap this system altogether and replace it with a single-payer system, which can be done by expanding Medicare for all and making improvements to that.