The U.S. Census Bureau has been the authoritative source for Americans’ health insurance data for more than thirty years. But starting this year, the Obama Administration is drastically changing the question wording on its surveys.
According to the New York Times, this change will make it nearly impossible for policy analysts to compare this year’s survey results, due this fall, to past years results. According to the Times, tests showed that the new wording produced lower levels of uninsured.
This means that it will be extraordinarily difficult to measure what effect ObamaCare has had on the health insurance market – just weeks before the midterm elections.
If ObamaCare has been such a “success,” as its advocates claim, why are they so afraid of seeing this years’ health insurance survey results and comparing it to past years?
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From the New York Times:
The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.
The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.
An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.