Brad Wright hosted the latest Health Wonk Review over at Wright on Health, and it’s full of great stuff. First, congratulations to Brad on the recent expansion of his blog team! His site has always been stellar, and now it’s growing from two writers to four, with expanded topics and coverage of healthcare issues. And if you’re interested in writing about healthcare issues, now’s your chance, as they’re looking to grow their blogging team further.
My favorite article in this HWR comes from Wendell Potter, writing at HealthInsurance.org. Wendell provides a glass-half-full perspective to balance out the more pessimistic views in a recent Wall Street Journal article that claimed the exchanges weren’t really making a dent in the number of uninsured Americans. Wendell counters with an explanation of the myriad ways that the ACA has been gradually insuring the uninsured. For all the philosophical debate about free markets and government intervention, the ACA has been steadily getting the job done – and will continue to do so over the next several years. One additional point to keep in mind is that there are also plenty of people who have been enrolling in off-exchange plans during open enrollment. Their numbers aren’t included in the three million people who had purchased coverage through the state and federal marketplaces as of last week, and we don’t yet know how many people have enrolled in off-exchange plans across the country. But they almost certainly include people who were previously uninsured or under-insured, and they now have high quality, ACA-compliant coverage.
There are plenty of other great articles in the HWR, so be sure to check it out.