We’ve heard a lot about the HealthCare.gov website and its performance metrics recently.
But the Affordable Care Act metric that really matters isn’t error rates or response time. It’s enrollment.
Furthermore, what matters isn’t just how many people enroll – although that’s part of it. It’s also who enrolls – in particular, their age and health status. A mix that includes younger and healthier people is needed for a viable insurance risk pool. And whether that mix has been achieved may not be clear until later in the six-month open-enrollment season.