It will be a great day in this country when journalists actually ferret out facts instead of basing their reports on a set of talking points from one side. Today's exercise in concern-trolling comes to us courtesy of CBS News.
CBS News is very, very worried that early reports about signups for coverage under the Affordable Care Act are weighted toward Medicaid recipients. That talking point comes straight out of the insurance industry, who is expressing concern that they will get the sick people (aka poor folks who haven't had access to healthcare) signing up --but not healthy ones.
It's nonsense for a couple of reasons. First, some states where Medicaid was expanded initiated campaigns to get people signed up ahead of the January 1st date, like California and Oregon. Getting those people into the system early is a good thing, not a bad thing.
Second, Medicaid enrollment processes are already in place and administered by the states, which means a more streamlined and faster enrollment process.