After the political debate around Affordable Care Act-enabled Medicaid expansion in Michigan settled down and people began enrolling, some of the state’s health policy experts discovered a rather stunning phenomenon—the number of people who enrolled in the expanded program's first 100 days was what planners had expected for the entire first year.

And, that number has just kept growing. University of Michigan statisticians estimated 328,000 people enrolled in the first three months. One year after the program, called the Healthy Michigan Plan, became effective in April 2014, they estimated that number at 603,000.

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