2018 MIDTERM ELECTION

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Michigan: ACA Medicaid expansion officially stabilizes at ≈ 600K

After months of never-ending growth, "Healthy Michigan", aka MI's implementation of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion provision, has officially stabilized at around 600,000 enrollees:

The reason it's bobbling around the 600K mark, of course, is because of normal "churn" as people move onto/off of the program as they gain/lose jobs, move into/out of the state, give birth/lose family members and so forth.

Going forward, it's important to remember that as long as the program itself is renewed and allowed to operate without interference, any reduction from the 600K point is a good thing, because it means that the economy is continuing to improve (alternately, a pessimistic view would be that working class people are moving out of the state in droves).

With this in mind, while I'll keep checking the numbers weekly, I'm going to stop posting this figure unless/until it starts changing significantly up or down.