Kevin Drum and Charles Gaba look at a lot of confusing numbers and conclude that Obamacare is chugging along satisfactorily, enrolling more and more people who might otherwise be uninsured.
Meanwhile, Sarah Kliff reports that developments in one of the program's many byways are not having the expected results.
Kliff explains: health economists
But it turns out, people don't treat getting sick as an occasion for comparison shopping. They want access to a medical system that will heal them and they go where they know. If high deductibles make access expensive, they delay and go later -- probably sicker and probably eventually needing more expensive care. Under high deductible insurance plans
Illness simply isn't an occasion for consumer diligence. We don't work that way.
I find it hard to imagine anyone who was not an ivory tower economist would ever have thought otherwise.