Just the other day, my analysis of the RAND Corporation’s survey of health insurance from September 2013 through February 2015 led me to conclude that “economic growth improved coverage more than Obamacare did.”
However, there are other sources that contradict the RAND survey’s conclusions about employer-based benefits. My Forbes colleague Scott Gottlieb, MD, reviews a new report from Goldman Sachs that estimates small employers dropped 2.2 million beneficiaries from coverage, a reduction of 13 percent from 2013.
Last year, Ed Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski of the Heritage Foundation concluded that nearly 3.8 million people lost employer-based coverage through June 2014.
Both the Goldman Sachs and Heritage Foundation analysts relied on data from insurers rather than beneficiaries. Nevertheless, I am at a loss to understand how people who lost employer-based benefits would not say so in a phone survey.
Read the entire entry at NCPA's Health Policy Blog.