Columnist Klein: Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Still Questionable

Monday, 06 Jan 2014 02:16 PM

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Reports that nearly 10 million people have healthcare coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act may be misleading.

Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein reports 2.1 million people have signed up for private insurance through Obamacare exchanges, 4.4 million people for Medicaid coverage, and 3.1 million young adults through the rule that compels insurers to cover dependents up to the age of 26.

But Klein is wary of how many actually got their coverage through Obamacare.

"The exchange numbers are solid. You can trust those. The 3.1 million young adults who got coverage through the new insurance regulations is a pretty reliable figure, too ..." he says.

"But the Medicaid numbers are more complex. Each state runs its own count, and the data includes people who enrolled in Obamacare's Medicaid expansion as well as people who were eligible under prior law."

Klein says government officials have not finished collecting December's Medicaid data, adding to his concern about the accuracy of those numbers.

He concludes that while "Obamacare has gotten a lot of people health insurance ... it'll be awhile till we know exactly how many."

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