Study: ObamaCare not reaching the previously uninsured

Posted by on Mar 06, 2014 at 5:50 pm

ObamaCare isn’t achieving its primary goal of extending coverage to those who previously did not have health insurance, a new study found.

The survey released Thursday by the McKinsey & Co. consulting firm found that only 27 percent of those who have selected a plan on the new exchanges didn’t previously have coverage.

The Obama administration says 4 million people have selected a plan since the exchanges launched on Oct. 1, but has not said how many of them previously had coverage.

At a healthcare industry conference on Thursday, Gary Cohen, a top official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), said it’s not something the administration has the ability to track.

“That’s not a data point that we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way,” Cohen said, according to The National Journal.

A CMS official told The Hill that it’s an important measurement that the agency hopes to be able to report on in the future.

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