Here’s another interesting piece of information about the health
insurance mandate out of Massachusetts. New enrollment numbers for the
state-subsidized Commenwealth Care health plans show that the number of
people enrolled fell from July to September to a level lower than the
six months preceeding.
Considering that the 2009 tax penalty for not having insurance in
Massachusetts is increasing to as much as $912 per person, I’d have
expected enrollment numbers, if anything, to go up. It’s not a huge
difference – enrollment wasn’t up all that much in the months before.
And the State’s practice of automatically disenrolling people
(sometimes erroneously) doesn’t help retention. Nevertheless, less
people holding on to their nearly free health plans has to make you
wonder how well those plans are working.