Reuters breaks down the issue:
Twenty-four percent of the 2.2 million people who signed up for private coverage between Oct. 1 and Dec. 28 belonged to a target audience of 18- to 34-year-olds, according to the first administration report to provide a demographic breakdown on enrollment in the new plans offered under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.
That compares with a target of closer to 38 percent set before the program’s botched Oct. 1 rollout, when administration officials believed that about 2.7 million of a forecast 7 million enrollees for 2014 would be between 18 and 35.
Younger enrollees tend to be healthy and are needed to help offset the cost of covering older, sicker consumers, because Obamacare prohibits insurers from charging sick people higher rates and limits the cost premium they can assign to older policyholders.
On the plus side, though, trends are accelerating and it looks like things may start to even out by March.
18:54 // 1 month ago
More on “rooting for failure”
Conservatives are not cheering the pain of regular people. We are cheering the failure of Obamacare and policies like it that HURT regular people. I have no shame in cheering Obama’s policy failures b/c they are harmful to the American people.
» SFB says: But where were the news conferences, the Fox News alerts, the parading of people who couldn’t get their lifesaving cancer treatments under the old system? Where was the media attention when thousands of people were routinely dumped once they got sick? When did Republicans in Congress hold an oversight hearing on the leading cause of personal bankruptcy—medical debt? — Ernie @ SFB
11:41 // 3 months ago
Timothy Egan of the New York Times asks aloud why the Republican Party is cheering on the failure of things that hurt regular people—not just their political opponents:
It’s hard to remember a time when a major political party and its media arm were so actively rooting for fellow Americans to lose. When the first attempt by the United States to launch a satellite into orbit, in 1957, ended in disaster, did Democrats start to cheer, and unify to stop a space program in its infancy? Or, when Medicare got off to a confusing start, did Republicans of the mid-1960s wrap their entire political future around a campaign to deny government-run health care to the elderly?
Of course not. But for the entirety of the Obama era, Republicans have consistently been cheerleaders for failure. They rooted for the economic recovery to sputter, for gas prices to spike, the job market to crater, the rescue of the American automobile industry to fall apart.
While Egan notes that the Obama administration has made a lot of mistakes in his rollout of the health care plan, the media attention appears to be misplaced: "But where were the news conferences, the Fox News alerts, the parading of people who couldn’t get their lifesaving cancer treatments under the old system? Where was the media attention when thousands of people were routinely dumped once they got sick? When did Republicans in Congress hold an oversight hearing on the leading cause of personal bankruptcy—medical debt?"
11:18 // 3 months ago
Healthcare.Gov signups happening at far quicker pace, but …
- 50k+ the number of signups the Obama administration has reported to Healthcare.Gov in the first two weeks of November.
- 27k the number of signups the administration reported for all of October. That November is on pace to quadruple October is silver lining; it’s still significantly lower than the administration was hoping for. source
» Oh yeah, fun fact: Around 600 bugs are known on the site; about 200 have been fixed so far. So progress is still being made.
22:58 // 3 months ago