Study: Early Obamacare sign-ups appear to be less healthy and older

People who bought Obamacare coverage early were more likely to receive treatments for pain, depression and HIV, a study by Express Scripts (ESRX) shows.

The data indicates that the early enrollees have more serious health problems and are older than people with employee plans.

However, the report doesn't cover those who signed up later, who tended to be younger and presumably healthier, according to anecdotal evidence.

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  • Profitcripper
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    MO? a health insurer. Yeah right?
    9 Apr 2014, 07:51 AM Reply Like
  • chechequa
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    Altria Group, really? Who or what writes these articles.
    9 Apr 2014, 07:56 AM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    The only solution is free market healthcare.


    Competition breeds innovation and lower prices.
    9 Apr 2014, 08:02 AM Reply Like
  • frosty
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    I thought that's what this is. Buying free market insurance and going to free market doctors and hospitals. The cost of the insurance may be subsidized for some people but the rest is free market. As opposed to a single payer system where there is no insurance involved - the federal government is the insurer.
    9 Apr 2014, 08:20 AM Reply Like
  • mbn
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    It's not a free market based system when the whole plan depends on a significant number of younger, healthier folks signing up to subsidize the older, less-well folks who will jump at any offering of medical coverage.


    It's more like a pyramid scheme. And we all know where that got Madoff to..............
    9 Apr 2014, 08:31 AM Reply Like
  • JD in NJ
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    I agree.


    It's like last Fall, when I was struck with Transient Global Amnesia. I couldn't remember anything for more than a second or so for several hours, which should have been a wonderful opportunity for me to choose which hospital was best for me based on cost and outcomes.
    9 Apr 2014, 09:07 AM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    mbn gets it...
    9 Apr 2014, 12:26 PM Reply Like
  • 10slinger
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    I have referred one patient to Obamacare. She is young with an acute knee injury needs MRI and surgery. Her medical costs will be $40K. Her premium will be $500, good deal for her.
    9 Apr 2014, 11:22 AM Reply Like
  • alterami
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    I'm so shocked that no young healthy kids who are trying to save up for a car so they can get a job and are already covered under their parents plan until age 26 didn't sign up....
    9 Apr 2014, 12:17 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    There is no free market healthcare. Pricing, benefits, doctor competence etc. are totally opaque. Even doctors doing hip implants don't know what they cost, Underwriters aren't sure what all is or isn't covered in their plans. there's no way to compare MD charges for procedures, or to compare the MD's to each other. Colonoscopies cost triple what they cost in other OECD nations. Just go single payer and end this madness.
    9 Apr 2014, 04:48 PM Reply Like
  • coloradoprovider
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    It is free market health care. Free for them while the rest of us are in the market.
    11 Apr 2014, 09:33 AM Reply Like
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