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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Obamacare, Boratcare

At The Washington Post, Sarah Cliff reports on improvments in the Obamacare website:
Taking this all together, Medicare spokeswoman Julie Bataille told reporters that as of Dec. 1, "we're more in the zone of 80 percent of users being able to [sign up]."
As Ezra Klein and NPR's Julie Rovnerhave pointed out, it's difficult to verify this type of metric independently. "The zone of 80 percent" could stretch downward toward half of users having a successful experience, or upward, with nearly all shoppers getting through the enrollment process.
As noted earlier, the 80 percent standard is reminiscent of Borat's version of the Kazakhstan national anthem:  "Filtration system a marvel to behold. It remove 80 percent of human solid waste."