Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Where It Works, It Works

The federal Obamacare website is still having problems, but at the state level where the websites are functional, it’s going full-tilt.  From the Los Angeles Times:

A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials.

“What we are seeing is incredible momentum,” said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation’s largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California — which enrolled about 31,000 people in health plans last month — nearly doubled that in the first two weeks of this month.

Several other states, including Connecticut and Kentucky, are outpacing their enrollment estimates, even as states that depend on the federal website lag far behind. In Minnesota, enrollment in the second half of October ran at triple the rate of the first half, officials said. Washington state is also on track to easily exceed its October enrollment figure, officials said.

The growing enrollment in those states is a rare bit of good news for backers of the Affordable Care Act and suggests that the serious problems with the law’s rollout may not be fatal, despite critics’ renewed calls for repeal.

But the trend also emphasizes how widely experience with the new law varies by location.

This is why the opponents are so freaked out: they know that if people can get to it and actually sign up, they’re going to find out that Hey, it works!

That would also explain why folks like the Koch Brothers are pouring millions of dollars into anti-Obamacare propaganda in places like Alaska and Florida where they don’t have a state site.