Early state numbers: People aren’t signing up for ObamaCare, they’re signing up for Medicaid « Hot Air: "On top of the differing early demand for Medicaid versus private insurance, it’s easier to sign up for the former. As Wonkblog notes, there’s no choice of plans in Medicaid to dither over and no 404 catastrophe waiting for you online. Since states already have information on their lowest-income citizens from food-stamp programs, they can either automatically enroll them in Medicaid or do it over the phone. None of this matters terribly if Healthcare.gov can be salvaged quickly and private-insurance purchases start to skyrocket: Granted, taxpayers are on the hook for all of these new Medicaid enrollments, but then they’re also on the hook for ObamaCare subsidies for lower-income people who don’t qualify for Medicaid."
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