A working group at the Leonard Davis Institute has been studying aspects of health insurance exchanges for more than a year. When Tom Baker, JD, Penn law professor and Co-Director of the working group, and I started brushing up for his Radio Times appearance this week, we thought we’d be able to assemble a state-by-state snapshot that would give us a clear-cut idea of which health insurance exchanges are the most successful. Instead, we had a bit of a reporting reality check.
Most of the country’s insurance shoppers are shaking their fists at their computer screens in an (often unsuccessful) attempt to sign up on HealthCare.gov, so it’s easy for journalists to capitalize on the nation’s frustration. But in doing so, they’ve made some lofty claims. A cursory glance at any front page shows sweeping generalizations about the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) failures (where, unsurprisingly, HealthCare.gov is synechdoche for Obamacare as a whole), but these assertions are premature. Below, I’ll try to clear up some of the misinformation that’s clogging the newswires.