Some Obamcare Bright Spots

All is not lost for Obamacare, according to David Nather.  Nather contends that “the Obamacare roll-out that we’ve all seen is not the story of a fatally flawed law. It’s a story of incompetence.”

“There are states that are running their own websites and enrolling a lot of people … Medicaid enrollment, another part of the law, is going significantly better than the signups for private insurance — nearly 400,000 people were determined to be eligible in October.”

“And nationally, 1.5 million people applied for health coverage in October — suggesting that there’s a lot more potential interest than the 106,000 who got all the way through the federal and state Obamacare websites to select a private health plan.”

Nather acknowledges there are major obstacles to success, including poor mismanagement,  “unpopular tradeoffs”, and certain aspects of the law that are “fatally flawed”. But he also highlights what has worked in states that have had higher enrollment:

  • Less bells and whistles
  • Using existing technologies
  • Using outside contractors
  • A supportive political environment
  • Picking the right vendors
  • Aggressive outreach

The bottom line: “It’s not impossible for the law to work … because if it really were impossible, it wouldn’t be working anywhere.”

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