Another reason to chill out about the Affordable Care Act

Here’s a bit of common sense analysis about the bumpy initial start-up of the Affordable Care Act and another reason for everyone to calm down: We’ve been down a similar road before and things quickly smoothed out just fine.

The year was 2006 and the program was Medicare Part D. As analyst Jack Hoadley of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute reminded us a couple weeks back, that program started even slower and with similar sign-up snafus. As the graph below shows however, once the kinks got ironed out, enrollment shot up steadily. 

And now of course,  there ain’t nobody talking now about taking this program away from the nation’s seniors.  

Medicare Part D 

 

5 Comments

  1. NitWitCharmer

    October 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Hmmm…

    I wonder if they were faced with the choice of exorbitant insurance fees or a much smaller fine???

    I wonder if there were insurance mandates that made insurance as affordable for the American workplace to offer as they offerings on the ACA website?

    Does it even matter that the ACA is going to result in more Americans without insurance than before the ACA?

  2. david esmay

    October 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Hmmm…..

    NitWit, sounds appropriate.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    October 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    And even one more thing: People will be chilling out literally because they will not be able to afford their heating bill and health insurance with the exponential increases in health insurance taking place. And with the subsidy likely to be struck down in the courts it will hit even more. Bad times ahead for all, but that was the Barry/Harry/Nancy intent in the first place.

  4. Alan

    October 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    LSD/NWC/Doogie/GOP Rules,

    Yet more paranoid nonsense not supported by any facts, “exponential increases in health insurance”, really? Data, please….

    PS. Like your team preached constantly, show a little respect for the President, even if all you can manage is President Barry, that would be a start.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    October 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Alan/Tim/david/Nitwit,
    Have you actually seen the increases? Sure exponential may be a bit of an overstatement, but to the typical person with the 300% increase and having more out of pocket contribution I am sure reality seems to be exponential when Barry has cut your hours to <29.

    Here is some good data for you…at least from the man on the street's experiences:

    http://icouldntkeepmyplan.com/

    I like the last story with 592% increases…..hmmmm that gets close to exponential!

    And "Barry" is hardly less respectful than the names liberal/progressive operatives called President Bush over those 8 years. You just have to get used to it dude until you feel the need to to the same.