THERE are 25 days until Obamacare’s turbulent enrolment comes to an end. If uninsured Americans want health coverage this year, they must sign up by April 1st. Barack Obama and his aides are doing what they can to encourage Americans to get coverage. The White House will place ads during this month’s college basketball tournament; yesterday morning Mr Obama made his plea to Hispanics in a town hall and on Spanish-speaking television; Kathleen Sebelius, the health secretary, has continued to tout Obamacare to anyone who will listen. But new figures published yesterday by McKinsey, a consultancy, show just how much work remains.
Since November McKinsey has surveyed Americans who are eligible to buy individual coverage in 2014—they are neither old enough to qualify for Medicare, poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, nor have coverage through their employers this year. At first glance, McKinsey’s newest report shows numbers moving in the right direction. Of those surveyed, 48% said they had enrolled in individual coverage, up from 37% in January, 31%...Continue reading