• AcademyHealth: There is still time to shrink the coverage gap

    I’ve written about those in the coverage gap before. But as we near 2014, it’s still worth discussing those who will make too little to qualify for subsidies, and will therefore get nothing in states that forego the Medicaid expansion. I do that in my latest post at the AcademyHealth blog.

    There’s also time (still) to make this better.

    Go read!


    • I know that sounds odd, but it’s important to remember that subsidies exist only for people making above 100% of the poverty line.

      What a Government way to expand coverage. If Gov. where run by voters who knew more they I would think that there would be one Gov healthcare plan for the poor, the old and Gov. employees and the subsidies would slowly and smoothly decrease with income level. Politicians are experts at winning elections and voters are rationally ignorant. Se la vi.

    • This is major hole in a Law designed to give coverage to every American. But in this case, the hole was not created by the law itself. Instead, by the ability of certain states to be shockingly stubborn.

      There are other actual issues with the Law itself – like the subsidy drop-off at 400% FPL you pointed out all the way back in 2010: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/not-everyone-is-going-to-love-the-affordable-care-act/ I think this is an especially dangerous moral hazard since individuals applying for subsidies will be self-reporting their income.

      Both of these issues have something in common, they should be easy to fix. Whether you agree with the ACA or not, both of these scenarios are inarguably bad policy. I fear the opposition to the ACA will refuse to let common sense fixes be made to the law, and will hurt many Americans in the process.