Obamacare Enrollment: The Elusive Truth
Good morning Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, April 7, 2014. Our fabulous friend, Harlotte, is here with me this morning. She has prepared luscious three egg omelets for all of us. Please join us at the breakfast table. Harlotte has an opinion about the Administration's upbeat claims about Obamacare enrollment numbers. Let's hear what she has to say. I'll be serving Bloody Marys to help the news go down easier.
A Closer Look
The Obama Administration could hardly wait to get out the good news. According to President Obama, the plan managed to secure 7.1 million enrollees. He stepped up to the podium in the White House Rose Garden and announced that the law was doing exactly what it was supposed to do. With his entourage of willing media outlets vying for his love and affection, it seemed as if the good news was bound to spread far and wide. Heaven forbid, we question the numbers. President Obama never mentioned that these "official" numbers contain at least 20 percent who never actually paid their premiums. Looks like that 7 million just slipped down to around 5.6 million people. Then we have the issue of duplicate enrollments. The website failed so many times that it is difficult to pin down how many people actually signed up more than once in an effort to receive insurance. Actually, it is more accurate to state that figuring out the number of duplicate enrollees would not be in the best interests of President Obama, so don't expect to hear anything remotely resembling the "truth." The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is participating in the exchanges in almost every state in the union. They have reported that 15-20 percent of enrollees have failed to pay their Obamacare premiums. Other insurers are reporting the same statistic. President Obama's 7.1 million figure is getting smaller and smaller. Right now it appears to be hovering at around 4.5 million enrollees. Sometimes the truth is so inconvenient!
The New Math
Let's take a closer look at another flaw in the numbers, by using the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange as an example. The head of the Maryland exchange testified that only 60,000 people have signed up for Obamacare. The problem is that about 73,000 people lost their insurance because the Affordable Care Act deemed them to be unacceptable. Math may not be my specialty, but I do recognize a loss when it is staring me in the face.
The HHS and the Obama Administration have gone to great lengths to makes insurance enrollment hit their stated goal of 7 million people. People in the state of Florida received letters telling them that the government had already started filling out their insurance enrollment forms. Apparently, the HHS is telling Florida to give them personal information on families with dependents not on family policies. Not only is this a violation of individual privacy, it is downright creepy! Those people receiving the letter are being told that based upon information they received, an application for insurance has been started for them! I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that Florida is not the only state involved in this practice.
Obamacare was created to insure 48.6 million people without insurance. In actuality, it has enrolled just 1.7 percent of the nation's uninsured. President Obama wrecked insurance in this country for the majority of insured people for the sake of those uninsured. Surely, there was a smarter, better way to insure this segment of the population. The problem, my dear human friends, is that Obamacare never really had anything to do with bringing insurance to one and all. It was, is and always will be about control and power. The government is all powerful and you are powerless. This is Obamacare. This is the Obama Administration taking over the economy and taking away your freedom.
A Tangled Web
Oh, what a tangled web they weave
When first they practice to deceive
In order to get people to believe
That government has their back!