If you wondered if this White House would ever present the unvarnished truth about the train wreck known as Obamacare, wonder no more. The book-cooking and goalpost-moving will continue until morale improves. Here's Megan McArdle:
For several months now, whenever the topic of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act came up, I’ve been saying that it was too soon to tell its ultimate effects. We don’t know how many people have paid for their new insurance policies, or how many of those who bought policies were previously uninsured. For that, I said, we will have to wait for Census Bureau data, which offer the best assessment of the insurance status of the whole population. Other surveys are available, but the samples are smaller, so they’re not as good; the census is the gold standard. Unfortunately, as I invariably noted, these data won’t be available until 2015.The Administration claims the change to the way the Census Department calculates the uninsured is designed to make the count more accurate. But nobody outside of kiss-ass Ezra Klein believes it's anything more than a way to obscure an honest apples-to-apples comparison of health coverage after Obamacare. The numbers look good: success! The numbers look bad: oh, well we can never know because of the new calculation.
I stand corrected: These data won’t be available at all. Ever.
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