Obamacare exchanges ain't broken, but they still may need some fixin'.
A new report strongly criticizes the government-run markets that sell health insurance as falling well short of projected and potential enrollment levels, and calls for a set of private sector-based improvements to boost business for the existing Obamacare model.
"The Affordable Care Act isn't living up to expectations and its potential," said Joel White, president of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, which produced Tuesday's report.
"The exchanges aren't adequately meeting the needs of enrollees and the taxpayers," said White, whose group is a coalition of insurers, employers, patients, pharmaceutical manufacturers and health providers.
White's group proposes a "Next Generation Exchange" model that would encourage more competition by private insurance shopping websites with the government exchanges, including HealthCare.gov, the federally run Obamacare market that serves most of the United States.