RAND: Only One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange Sign-Ups Were From The Previously Uninsured

 

 

 

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” A new study from the RAND Corporation indicates that only one-third of exchange sign-ups were previously uninsured.

  The RAND study hasn’t yet been published, but its contents were made available to Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times. RAND also estimates that 9 million individuals have purchased health plans directly from insurers, outside of the exchanges, but that “the vast majority of these people were previously insured.”

  The RAND report appears to corroborate the work of other surveys. Earlier this month, McKinsey reported that 27 percent of those signing up for coverage on the individual market were previously uninsured.

  One important finding of the McKinsey survey was that the proportion of those who had formally enrolled in coverage, by paying their first month’s premium, was considerably lower among the previously uninsured, relative to the previously insured. 86 percent of those who were previously insured who had “selected a marketplace plan” on the exchanges had paid, whereas only 53 percent of the previously uninsured had.”

 

 

Even as the administration trumpets their 7 million new enrollee number as a triumphal rollout for the abomination that is Obamacare , this report puts the lie to the idea that it is a resounding success if the goal as stated was to bring insurance to the uninsured .

 

” Instead, the vast majority are previously insured people, many of whom are getting a better deal on the exchanges because they either qualify for subsidies, or because they’re older individuals who benefit from the law’s steep rate hikes on the young.”

 

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