Sign up today and save up to 83% on a Hartford Courant digital subscription

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Lanhee Chen: Obamacare's outlook goes from poor to critical

A nightmare for Affordable Care Act supporters has been the possibility that only the sick would be left to purchase insurance through its exchanges, driving premiums up and insurers out. While the law’s boosters have been quick to dismiss the possibility that such a so-called death spiral could occur, data published in the Wall Street Journal suggest that this chain of events may not be so far-fetched after all. The findings are significant not just for what they say about how Obamacare is working now, but also for their impact on the political debate over its future. At its base, the data show that people insured through the law’s exchanges have higher rates of serious...