It did not seem possible that the good government (goo goo) types, management consultants, far-left-wing academic hustlers, corrupt journalists, and Massachusetts-Democratic-Party political hacks that runined the best health care delviery system in the world with the passage and implementation of RomneyCare could make things any worse. But now it appears that on the final official day of RomneyCare, December 31, 2013, fewer people will have health insurance in Massachusetts1 than on the day RomneyCare started in 2007-2008.
The above tries to project the likely results for the end of 2013 against the already flawed projections from the state of Massachusetts for the end of 2012 (because Governor Patrick stopped doing an Insurance Survey in 2012, fearing bad results) that were released Thanksgiving weekend 2013. The continuing drop in insurance (the red line) reflects both the fact that most of the people on subsidized RomneyCare (officially called Commonwealth Care) in 2013 are being moved to Medicaid and the rest of the people on Commonwealth Care and Commonwealth Choice (the unsubsidized version of RomneyCare) aren't currently able to buy new Obamacare2 insurance -- as they must -- because of the failure of the new $65 million Massachusetts exchange.
The higher line on the chart, the one that goes from 94% up to 98% and back down to a projected 94% reflects the total of Massachusetts residents that have healthcare insurance (the red line) plus the rapidly expanding number of people on Medicaid. The picture is even worse than presented because some of the people counted as having insurance actually had Commonwealth Care, which is basically a form of Medicaid. But at least -- as explained here -- it is better than Obamacare insurance in Massachusetts.
For the details... sorry but you actually can't see the details (at least as of the morning of Friday December 13). The Massachusetts HealthCare Connector Authority meeting of December 2013 presentation material on the Obamacare insurance rollout in Massachusetts is such a devestating indictiment of the Authority's incompetence that it has blocked taxpayer access to the presentation3.
1As a percent of population for sure but possibly also in absolute terms because the population of Massachusetts is stagnant to declining.
2I use the term Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to refer to the law and Obamacare to refer to the insurance enabled by the law.
3Because the Connector Authority blocks access, my projections above depend on second-hand accounts by the far-right-wing Boston Herald and the far-left-wing Health for All; I am assuming the competing political biases balance each other.