Skip to comments.Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects
Posted on 04/15/2014 10:54:29 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
WASHINGTON The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obamas health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.
The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.
An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a total revision to health insurance questions and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.
We are expecting much lower numbers just because of the questions and how they are asked, said Brett J. OHara, chief of the health statistics branch at the Census Bureau.
With the new questions, it is likely that the Census Bureau will decide that there is a break in series for the health insurance estimates, says another agency document describing the changes. This break in trend will complicate efforts to trace the impact of the Affordable Care Act, it said. . .
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The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey
These damn tailored statistical surveys put out by whoever is in charge are designed for one thing only -creating propaganda to push an agenda and or amass more power.
Election 2014 lies are coming out almost daily.
IF they call me, I will hang up.
Surprised that the NYSlimes admitted as much.
“In unrelated news, Brett J. OHara, chief of the health statistics branch at the Census Bureau, was found dead of natural causes in his bed Tuesday morning.”
(File this under SEMI-SATIRE NEWS.)