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If California Can Make Obamacare Work, Anyone Can

Via: Mother Jones

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I’ve mentioned before that Obamacare’s rollout problems really are all about the website. Rate shock and network shock may be real problems for some people, but they aren’t deal breakers and they aren’t as serious or as widespread as Fox News (and of course, my Nephew Dave) is trying to make them out to be. Fix the website and Obamacare will be in pretty good shape.

Paul Krugman produces some pretty good evidence for this today: California. It is, he says, an excellent test case:

First of all, it’s huge: if a system can work for 38 million people, it can work for America as a whole. Also, it’s hard to argue that California has had any special advantages….[It] came into health reform with 22 percent of its nonelderly population uninsured, compared with a national average of 18 percent.

Finally, the California authorities have been especially forthcoming with data tracking the progress of enrollment. And the numbers are increasingly encouraging.

For one thing, enrollment is surging. At this point, more than TEN-THOUSAND (10,000) applications are being completed PER DAY, putting the state well on track to meet its overall targets for 2014 coverage.

Equally important is the information on who is enrolling. To work as planned, health reform has to produce a balanced risk pool — that is, it must sign up young, healthy Americans as well as their older, less healthy compatriots. And so far, so good: in October, 22.5 percent of California enrollees were between the ages of 18 and 34, slightly above that group’s share of the population.

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/11/if-california-can-make-obamacare-work-anyone-can

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For many years, it was ‘So goes California, so goes the Nation’.

It’s great to see California is BACK!

 

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