The Los Angeles Times greeted the Obamacare enrollment data on Monday with a striking headline, claiming that “at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage,” which is 3 million people more than the Obama administration itself claimed last week (a number that was itself highly questionable, since it did not exclude those who had not paid for their new insurance). The Times’ analysis, however, is laughable.
The data reported by Noam. N. Levey are not actual counts of enrollees, but a hodgepodge of “state and federal enrollment reports, surveys and interviews with insurance executives and government officials nationwide.”
The idea that “interviews with…government officials” who have a political stake in the final numbers could be an objective measure of progress, or combined analytically with enrollment numbers, is ridiculous on its face.
Furthermore, most of the 3.5 million additional enrollees are entirely accounted for by the 3 million “children” who…
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