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The Obamacare Exchanges: 0 for Michigan So Far

Unbelievable . . . okay, it’s actually increasingly believable that the Obamacare exchanges are 0 for Michigan.

Two weeks after the launch of the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace, it’s still unclear how many Michiganders have been able to buy insurance there.

Comments earlier today by the chief deputy of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services underscored the lingering confusion over health insurance exchanges, the centerpiece in each state of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Ann Flood, who on Nov. 1 will become the director of the department, said she checked with her staff and “we actually do not have any confirmation of anyone (in Michigan) signing up on the exchange.”

Lest you think the state is particularly short on uninsured people, the Michigan Household Survey on Health Insurance calculated that 790,000 people in the state do not have health insurance. In August, the Michigan senate narrowly passed an expansion of Medicaid, an essential part of the politically divisive Obamacare, an expansion that “is expected to add health coverage for 470,000 uninsured when fully in place.”

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