Those predisposed to like the Affordable Care Act are pointing to the dwindling number of counties in which no insurer is willing to sell insurance. The fear of numerous “bare counties” appears to have gone away. Their celebration is understandable: those predisposed to dislike the Affordable Care Act had cited the number of bare counties as evidence of Obamacare’s implosion.
But the argument over bare counties is only part of the story. The mere existence of an insurance policy available for sale is a pretty low bar. It’s like saying a hotel succeeded because it was actually built, never mind that no one came because its rooms were priced too high for the value provided.