Wall Street Journal: “About 1.2 million people who bought coverage on HealthCare.gov in 2014 dropped their health plan and picked a new one through the site for 2015, the Obama administration said Wednesday.”
“The extent of people’s willingness to consider shifting to a different insurance carrier came as a surprise to federal officials, said Andy Slavitt,” principal deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who will become acting administrator.
“This is a much more active consumer than anybody expected,” Mr. Slavitt said, noting that in other programs such as the federal employees’ health plan, or Medicare prescription drug benefits, as few as 10% of customers changed plans from year to year. ‘We wanted to create maximum choice while we had maximum consumer protection,’ he said.”
Huffington Post: “One number that didn’t seem to surprise many experts was the more than 4 million people, or about half the total using the federally run website, who were using it for the first time. The “non-group” insurance market — that is, the market for people buying coverage on their own, rather than through an employer — has always been fluid.”