The Commonwealth Fund has released a study providing some enlightenment on which Americans are actually signing up for Obamacare through HealthCare.gov, information which the Department of Health and Human Services has been suspiciously unable (read: unwilling) to release:
According to its study, 77 percent of eligible visitors to HealthCare.gov by the end of December reported being in good, very good or excellent health.
The plurality (41 percent) tended to be younger adults, ages 19 to 34, who are generally the cheapest to insure. About one-third were ages 35 to 49, and 28 percent were 50-to-64-year-olds, who tend to be the most expensive group.
The age distribution mirrors the population that is potentially eligible for coverage under ObamaCare, researchers wrote, suggesting that HealthCare.gov is attracting a representative sample of the group it was designed to reach.
Of course, the numbers don’t come without a few catches. First, the data only pertains to “eligible users” at HealthCare.gov and not necessarily people who have actually applied for coverage. Second, fewer than two in five visitors to the marketplaces actually applied for coverage by Dec. 31.
Like everything else pertaining to Obamacare, this study needs to be taken with a grain of salt.