The coming of the new year tempts us all to try to look ahead, and forces us to think about the expectations we brought into other new years.

I used to think that… a big interest rate hike was just around the corner. That someone in Washington would make a serious, successful effort to get Medicare spending under control. And that all of that strong, bipartisan, personal interest in long-term care would translate into major policy changes, soon. Any day now.

Of course, some of those expectations were just plain wrong.

Another way to think about the past year is to review concrete performance numbers. In our case, the easiest numbers to get are the tables that show which articles attracted the most readers.

Related: LTCI Watch: What you read

The Health Insurance Insider e-mail newsletter shares streams of articles with other LifeHealthPro family e-mail newsletters. We try to focus, mainly, on articles about the long-term care planning, Medicare plan and disability insurance markets, along with stories about individual health products that fall outside the scope of the Affordable Care Act, and the kinds of individual major medical we would have run before the ACA came along. (We have another e-mail newsletter, Health Care Reform Watch, the runs the ACA stories.)

In this issue, aside from this article and David A. Saltzman’s latest podcast, we’re re-runnng the non-ACA acute care and long-term care health sector articles that got the most attention in 2016.

The list shows that readers were greatly interested in court and regulatory news, and worried about the possibility of missing out on important facts about products such as health savings accounts. You’re so interested in facts about HSAs that our most-read health article of 2016 is an HSA facts article first published in 2014.

You’re also keen on knowing about the towns in which many people got fat. Similar articles about topics such as diabetes, lack of exercise, and reluctance to eat vegetables were popular. But the story about obesity was the 900-pound gorilla.

Allison Bell is a senior editor at LifeHealthPro.

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