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Obamacare 2.0—Better than Version 1.0?

Obamacare 2.0Paige Rentz, an excellent reporter at the Fayetteville Observer, recently posted a question and answer piece, exploring some of the pressing issues facing the second round of insurance enrollment, on the Obamacare health insurance exchanges. I suggest you look at the entire article. But here is a snippet:

What’s at stake?

Last year, North Carolina far exceeded enrollment expectations, with more than 357,000 residents becoming insured through the federal insurance marketplace.

“I don’t know if the stakes are higher than last year,” said Jonathan Oberlander, a professor who specializes in health policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Probably the first time around, it was the most important because we didn’t know how things were going to go.”

He said the Affordable Care Act has some momentum, especially in North Carolina, which outperformed much of the country.

Peter Ubel, a professor at Duke University who specializes in health policy and economics, said he thinks the stakes are much lower.

“I can’t imagine they’ll mess up on the scale they did on the first time.”

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