A lot of people have been waiting for October 1, to see how Obamacare will work. If they're seroius about trying to form a judgment, they're going to have to wait a lot longer.
Today may be the first day of open enrollment for the new marketplaces. But there will be many more days to follow. Open enrollment lasts until the end of March and few people are likely to sign up right away. It will be months, at least, before we have a real sense of how well Obamacare is working. And of course that's only for the people buying coverage on their own. The vast majority of people, the ones who get insurance through an employer or Medicare or Medicaid, won't see visible changes at all.
Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, takes over our health care blog this week.