Zeroing In on Whether Obamacare Is Working

Part of the Zeroing In Series
Aaron Chatterji discusses the impact of Obamacare on health care premiums.
Aaron Chatterji discusses the impact of Obamacare on health care premiums.

Health insurance premiums for individuals dropped by 10 percent during the first year of Obamacare. What does that number tell us about whether or not the Affordable Care Act is working? Don Taylor and Michael Cannon debate that question on this episode of “Zeroing In: The Numbers Behind the 2016 Election” with host Aaron Chatterji.

Taylor is a professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. Cannon is the director of health policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. Aaron Chatterji is an associate professor at Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy.

Zeroing In takes a look at key issues on the election agenda, one number at a time. Numbers matter, but in politics, they can be used to muddy the waters rather than enlighten.

Each episode of Zeroing In starts with one key statistic tied to a critical issue in the 2016 election. Experts from different points on the political spectrum debate what that number means -- and what it doesn't mean -- with help from moderator Aaron Chatterji, an associate professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy.