Mickey Kaus points out something I’ve been talking about for some time—the metrics for the success of the PPACA are pretty darned slippery:
Wonkblog, 10/25 –”The White House figured that if they got 7 million people to sign up for the exchanges in the first year, about 2.7 million needed to be young.”
Wonkblog, 11/26- The total numbers don’t matter. 7 million, 4 million, whatever. It’s the mix of young vs. old that’s “crucial.”
Wonkblog, 12/17–The mix don’t matter either! What’s an extra 2.5% premium increase in 2015 among friends? …
Wonkblog 12/29–Two dozen people and a dog. All we need is two dozen people and a dog.
It’s the idea of the PPACA that counts. Its advocates don’t seem to care much about the execution or effects.