In 2013, when neither the government nor the mainstream media provided consistent, reliable reporting of enrollment data for the Affordable Care Act, Charles Gaba launched ACASignups.net as a hobby, using crowdsourcing to track enrollments in real time.
His work soon caught the attention of major media outlets, and has been cited and used as a resource ever since by media outlets spanning the ideological spectrum including the Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg News, Vox, MSNBC, the New Republic, USA Today, the CATO Institute, National Review Online and The New York Times among others, as well as prominent medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine.
Since launching this project, he has expanded his analysis to include the impact of the ACA's Medicaid Expansion and Basic Health Plan provisions, the impact of Silver Loading and a variety of other ACA-related policies and their impact on and by the U.S. healthcare system as a whole.
He's also expanded into tracking and analyzing off-exchange individual market enrollment, annual average premium rate changes and a wide range of healthcare policy/health insurance-related issues such as the pros & cons of moving towards single-payer healthcare, establishing a federal public option, lowering the Medicare eligibility age and so on. He spent 18 months as a part-time healthcare data consultant for the Center for American Progress.
Charles lives in Michigan with his wife and son.