Friedman: ACA exchanges will be ‘mess’ but not ‘train wreck’

Gerald Friedman
Gerald Friedman

UMass Amherst Economics professor Gerald Friedman was featured in a McClatchy article on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Known for his research on health care, Friedman believes that the opening of health insurance exchanges on October 1 will not be a “train wreck,” but it will be “a mess.”


Gerald Friedman, a health care economist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, also was skeptical.

“It’s not going to be a train wreck. It’s going to be a mess,” Friedman said. “I’m sure there’ll be places where you get on the website on Oct. 1 and it’ll crash. . . . I think October is not going to be the White House’s best month.”

Their somber assessments about the enrollment phase of Obamacare reflect concerns echoed in several recent government reports.

Sacramento Bee – 8/13/13

The State (South Carolina) – 8/13/13

Fort Worth Star-Telegram – 8/13/13

Tampa Bay Times – 8/14/13

Sun Herald (Mississippi) 8/13/13