Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday Afternoon Potpourri

First up, FoIB Notorious MWR tips us to a very interesting new-baby technique:
"Courtney Buss, like many first-time mothers, wanted all the white, goopy film washed off her baby immediately after delivery.
Three years later, Buss said she knows better."
Turns out, that "goop" is actually "vernix caseosa," and it's now believed that it helps new-borns fight infections.


Next, Dean Clancy provides a stunning visualization of just how far off CBO estimates tend to be:

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And finally, FoIB Holly R alerts us to a related problem; namely, the increasing number of folks who've actually dropped their ObamaPlans:

"The number of Americans insured under Obamacare fell by nearly 2 million people between Jan. 31 and mid-March"

Let's do a little math, shall we?

1) January to March is 3 months (okay, 2
½, but here that's a distinction without a difference)

B) Open Enrollment ObamaPlans become effective January 1.

III) On-Exchange plans have 3 month Grace Periods.

So it's actually quite easy to see what's happened: 2 million or so folks bought ObamaPlans with January 1 effective dates, didn't pay for them (but may well have used them), then ran out the clock.

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