Sebelius likely exaggerating ACA’s impact

sebeliustestifyFormer Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said recently that “there are now 22 million people with affordable coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and that’s a big deal and that number will grow.” The 22 million is the total of 8 million people in the insurance marketplace, 3 million young adults who now get insurance through their parents’ plan, 5 million people in ACA-compliant off-market plans, and 6 million additional people receiving coverage through Medicaid. But Washington Post fact-checkers questioned whether off-market plans should be counted and called the young adults total an “iffy statistic.” The newspaper gave Sebelius a “two Pinocchios” rating (out of four).