Capsules: Health Law A Tough Sell To Uninsured; Study: Little Evidence Of Better Care At Expensive Hospitals; WellPoint Discloses Big Sign-Ups Through Health Exchanges; Parsing The President’s 9 Million Enrollees

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jordan Rau reports on a new tracking poll that finds that the people the health law was designed to help the most are becoming more critical of it: "This month’s tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 47 percent of the uninsured said they hold unfavorable views of the law while 24 percent said they liked it. These negative views have increased since December, when 43 percent of the uninsured panned the law and 36 percent liked it. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the Foundation)" (Rau, 1/30). 

Also on Capsules, Rau writes about a study examining quality of care at expensive hospitals: "The actual prices insurers pay hospitals are closely guarded secrets in health care. That has made it hard for health researchers to study one of the most important issues: whether patients get better treatments from more expensive hospitals. Hospital list prices, which Medicare published last year, provide no indication about how much hospitals actually are compensated by private insurers" (Rau, 1/29). 

In addition, Jay Hancock reports that WellPoint disclosed higher-than expected early membership growth through the health law's new exchanges: "The biggest player in the Affordable Care Act's online insurance marketplaces delivered encouraging news to Obamacare supporters Wednesday" (Hancock, 1/29). 

And Julie Appleby parses the 9 million Obamacare enrollment number: "That total is important to supporters as a sign that the law is working — and as an indication of the difficulties Republicans would face to rescind the law or roll back certain provisions. Critics have pointed out that 9 million isn't a huge number — and that some of those people, perhaps even many of them, were previously insured" (Appleby, 1/29). Check out what else is on the blog.

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