ACA is ‘working’

Jonathon Cohn looks again at whether some of the PPACA sob stories are true.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117101/koch-brothers-obamacare-ads-new-ones-suggest-law-working

Inasmuch as they might not be true in any given case, Cohn claims that PPACA is actually ‘working’.

As an assertion, I think this is at best extraordinarily obtuse.  Let’s review  what’s ‘working’

  • Under 26 can stay on parents plan – that’s working
  • Sick people get the same rates as healthy people – that’s working
  • $2500 in premium savings per family – that’s not working
  • If you like your plan, you can keep your plan – that’s not working
  • If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor – that’s not working
  • The individual mandate – that’s not working
  • The employer mandate – that’s not working
  • Price competition from the exchanges – that’s not working
  • Young invincibles signing up to keep premiums low – that’s not working
  • Number of uninsured dropping – that’s not working
  • Health insurance is more “affordable”  – that’s not working

So yeah, you can say PPACA is working if you don’t actually evaluate if any of its components are working.

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