The Obama Administration has never hesitated to tout numbers that support the successful aspects of The Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare. The most obvious example was that 8 million Americans signed up for Obamacare coverage during the first enrollment period. Except for that turned out not to be the number, it was actually 7.3 million.
Now the matter becomes how many of those 7.3 million are actually paying the premiums for the new health insurance policy that meets ObamaCare requirements.
It turns out that information is not being readily provided now, either. Many other articles have detailed other major problems with enrollment, such as verifying income. An article by Megan McArdle in Bloomberg notes that, “The administration mysteriously stopped issuing enrollment reports as soon as open enrollment closed, leaving us to guess what’s happening from insurer statements and partial data like this.”
Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, recently testified before Congress that 7.3 million people have paid premiums and are currently enrolled in health insurance policies through HealthCare.Gov, Federal Government health insurance exchange.
About that, however, McArdle writes in her Bloomberg piece, “McArdle: Are Obamacare enrolles actually paying premiums,” that, ” Obviously, the administration would prefer to tout the 8 million enrollment figure, but it has still exceeded the enrollment projected by the Congressional Budget Office for 2014. Why not stand proud? One thing to note is what this means for the future: The administration needs to nearly double this enrollment in order to reach the CBO’s projection of 13 million exchange policies in 2015.”
Much like Obama telling the American people they could keep their health insurance is they wanted, this boasting of enrollment numbers does not appear to be the truth. If ObamaCare was so successful, then the numbers would be released in great detail. That is especially true with the November election so close.
But clearly this is not happening. With one billion dollars spent for HealthCare.Gov, there is certainly the resources for accurate accounting, not to mention that it is needed. The American people need and deserve that from their government.
As McArdle writes, “Why not stand proud?”