. is holding back economic growth." As for repealing ObamaCare, he added, "That's not an agenda for economic growth. You're not going to meet an economist who says that that's a number-one priority in terms of boosting growth and jobs in this countryat least not a serious economist." Enlarge Image Casey Mulligan Ken Fallin In a way, Mr. Obama had a point: "Never met him," says economist Casey Mulligan. If the unfamiliarity is mutual, the confusion is all presidential. Mr. Mulligan studies how government choices influence the incentives and rewards for workand many more people may recognize the University of Chicago professor as a serious economist after this week.
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Don't Judge Obamacare by Medicaid Numbers
We dont know how big the difference is between people who were deemed eligible and people who actually got new insurance. The new report , from health-care consultancy Avalere Health LLC, suggests that the answer is very big: "Avalere estimates that from October through December 2013, between 1.1M and 1.8M people have newly enrolled in Medicaid as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)." Avalere gets that number by looking at enrollment in the summer months, then comparing it to the fall. The number probably includes people who were previously eligible for Medicaid but signed up thanks to what health-care economists call the woodwork effect -- the publicity of Obamacare drawing in the newly eligible. In fact, we know thats the case for the one-quarter of new signups that occurred in states that opted out of the laws Medicaid expansion. This is less than a quarter of the 8 million people that the Congressional Budget Office projected would enroll in Medicaid this year thanks to the health-care overhaul. However, unlike the exchanges, Medicaid will remain open for enrollment year-round, so the administration doesnt need to sign up all those people in the next two months.
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