First Edition: December 18, 2013

Published on December 18, 2013 at 8:01 AM · No Comments

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about the former Microsoft executive who has been tapped by the Obama administration to take over the repairs of healthcare.gov.

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Study: It's All Healthy People -; Not Just Young Adults -; Who Are Critical To ACA Success
Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jay Hancock writes: "Pushing back against those who warn that low levels of younger subscribers could threaten coverage sold under the health law, analysts for the Kaiser Family Foundation say enrollment of young adults 'is not as important as conventional wisdom suggests.' Even if insurance pools contain only 25 percent young adults rather than the hoped-for 40 percent, medical claims and other costs would exceed premium revenue by only about 2.4 percent, they estimate. That's far below the kind of loss that would lead to an unsustainable spiral of huge premium increases and fewer and fewer subscribers, they say" (Hancock, 12/17). Check out what else is on the blog.

The New York Times: Ex-Microsoft Executive To Take Over Health Site Repairs
President Obama has chosen a former Microsoft executive, Kurt DelBene, to replace Jeffrey D. Zients as head of the effort to finish repairs on the government's health insurance website, administration officials said on Tuesday (Calmes, 12/17).

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