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Obamacare Enrollment: The Elusive Truth

Updated on April 7, 2014

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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.


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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!

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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.


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Bad Form!

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

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Harlotte's Song


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!

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    • lifelovemystery profile image

      Michelle Orelup 3 years ago from Houston, TX

      They hijacked 1/6 of the economy and have nothing to show for it. If Obama were CEO of a company, he and his board would have been terminated for such a disaster.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Good Morning lifelovemystery,

      Welcome to the breakfast table. Yes, they highjacked the economy, which was essential for Obama and his comrades. In the private sector, he would have booted out in a minute. If only we were smart enough to accomplish that! See you at the Inn, a place that exists only on our minds. but it may be the last place in the nation where common sense still reigns supreme.

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      taxlarry 3 years ago

      Harlotte. What are the moron cheering about? 7 million people have been signed up? I thought the whole idea of socialized medicine was to cover the 45 or so millions that did not have insurance. So there are 38 million people still without insurance? No, I think the number is more because of the 7 milliion who have signed up, probably most of those are people who had insurance but lost it because of Obumma care. I would think that of the people who did not have insurance, only 17 have signed up. Sounds reasonable to me.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Good Morning taxlarry,

      The whole idea is to spread the BS and keep the ignorant "public" at bay. The silence from Congress is deafening. See you at the Inn.

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      Mike 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

      Harlotte - No doubt it is difficult for a non-human to understand the inner workings of our government and this administration. They have a habit of setting goals they never truly achieve, and then just manipulate the numbers to fool humans into believing they were successful.

      They do this with many things including ACA and even the unemployment numbers. This is supposed to fool us into believing they are doing their jobs and earning their pay.

      When facts are presented to prove their numbers are incorrect, they are able to just tell more lies to cover up the facts. They also know the majority of Americans pay little or no attention to what is going on and take their numbers as the truth.

      It will take you many years to learn how things really work with humans, government, and politicians, and perhaps ignorance is bliss. To know and understand the truth is very depressing.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Good Morning Mike,

      I think I will pick myself up, go to my web and try to catch the bastards in the act! See you at the Inn.

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      Michelle Orelup 3 years ago from Houston, TX

      Allow me to help in your search to find them 'working'. Search the golf course. ;)

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      Tom Whitworth 3 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop and Harlotte,

      I think Obama may have missed his chance for the second consecutive "Lie of The Year" Award. He should have said,".....7.1 million, PERIOD!".

      The use of "Period" adds the necessary emphasis.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As a general rule of life, if the government gives me a statistic, I ignore it. :) Have a great week.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dear lifelovemystery,

      Of course!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dear Tom,

      I think the tilt of his head, just like Adolf, adds the right chilling touch. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Good Morning billybuc,

      That's because you have a brain! See you at the Inn, billy....

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      Pino Krisio 3 years ago

      POP; Since you love math, how about this one:

      30 million uninsured (the reason we needed to have ACA) +6 million cancelled who had insurance. Less 7.1 million who purchased I mean enrolled in the ACA, leave 29 million uninsured. Let's talk further. The 7.1 million includes the people who ended up in Medicaid or whatever they call it now, and they don't pay! No wonder the administration continues to say"we don't have the number who paid; we don't have the number who are young, etc....." They certainly have the number, and we need to demant to know it. Everyone knows that a computer can generate anything, and I can guarantee they knew the new number every day. We need to keep asking what are the numbers? This is most infuriating, because I am not stupid.... I just dye my hair.........

      Off to the bar now, Harlotte is saving me a seat.....

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      Michelle Orelup 3 years ago from Houston, TX

      "There are lies, damned lies and statistics." Mark Twain

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Hi Pino,

      You are one smart human! You understand the whole mess. Now you need to hold this administration's feet to the fire and get the truth out of them. Actually, you already know the truth, at least those of you who are not wearing blinders know what is really going on. Obama destroyed the insurance plans of 85 percent of the population to cater to the 15 percent who are uninsured or uninterested in insurance. See you at the Inn.

      Very truly yours,

      Harlotte

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dear lifelovemystery,

      When men no longer have the least fear of saying something untrue, they very soon have no fear whatsoever of doing something unjust.

      Theodor Haecker

      Journal in the Night

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      The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

      That little Rose Garden setting was so quaint filled with Obamazoids and more koolaid was served up. What wasn't mentioned was that the Lame Stream Media itself refused to give the Obama announcement a minute of prime time air time to make his grandiose, lying proclamations about the deception that came out that day. Might the major broadcast networks be catching on? Obama asked for prime time and got no time.

      I wrote about this myself and had the same stats and came to the same conclusion about the string of lies that continues to roll off Obama's tongue. About 6 million now have lost their policies they were previously told they could keep if they liked their existing coverage. Do the math further on that deal and see if there isn't another negative number. How odd that for months not one of those administration liars could produce any figure and Obama steps up to a mike proudly proclaiming a result of .1 percentile. No one questioned that in the Lame Stream Media?

      Obamacare continues to be the ultimate Obama smoke and mirrors act. Not many but the usual suspects are believing any of it though and the act is still unpopular and growing even more so.

      If it is operating as it was "intended to act" why have there been 38 waivers/delays up to this point? Only a complete idiot would believe anything Obama mumbles these days.

      The Frog Prince

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dear Frog Prince,

      I loved that the networks turned Obama down, but the print media is still helping pump up his lies. This madman seems to be unstoppable. See you at the Inn. Harlotte is looking forward to getting to know you.

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      Richard Scott 3 years ago from Presque Isle, Maine

      Breakfastpop:

      I am a person who until January 2014 bought my own insurance. The coverage I had was good coverage but not good enough for the ACA. My state has only two providers in the market place. When I tried to get comparable coverage my cost went up. I would have to pay $346 more per month and that is with the "tax credit". Being unable to afford the increase I am now an uninsured diabetic trying to pay for my own insulin and other meds. Thanks Mr. President. I am glad millions of people will now be getting medicaid while my health is at continual risk.

      Keep on telling the truth.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dear flyfishmaine,

      Welcome to the breakfast table. I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I think you should write this up and send it to the White House and to Harry Reid who called you and everyone else with your problem liars. I am spitting mad!!!! See you at our "virtual" Inn where people can still think straight and have common sense.

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The 'Affordable Care Act' is neither affordable nor care. It's a massive power grab by Democrats, and an obvious abuse of their Constitutional authority. The one person who should have stopped this but failed to do so because he chose to place the lofty ideals of the law (and massive pressure from Democrats!) over the rights of the people, was Chief Justice John Roberts.

      In the end, he is the true villain because he knew it was an unconstitutional usurpation of the rights of We, the People, but he lacked the courage to stand up for what was right and just.

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      Michelle Orelup 3 years ago from Houston, TX

      Congress is impotent.

      SCOTUS is derelict.

      The media is complicit.

      It's a trifecta of failure.

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      Hxprof 3 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Harlotte, it has come to the point for me that I don't believe a word ANY government official says without significant supporting evidence, and this goes for Democrats, Republicans and independents. Any promises made by a politician is worth less than the American dollar, Republican or Democrat. Alice Cooper did a song in the early 70's called "I Want to be Elected". What he said was true then, but it's 100 times worse now.

      We're seeing betrayal from politicians elected on a conservative platform, turncoats like Marco Rubio, senator from Florida. Is there anybody out there we can trust that if elected they'll do what they're supposed to? Good luck finding them!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dear Will,

      He and we will have to live with this decision for the rest of our lives. I am ashamed of my country for allowing this travesty to take place. Obama is dangerous and seemingly unstoppable. Our government no longer functions. See you at the Inn, Will.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dear lifelovemystery,

      Roses are usually red,

      Violets are generally blue,

      Obama is a Socialist

      And the media is too!

      See you at the Inn where the Founding Fathers still mean something.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dear Hxprof,

      I agree. I want to believe that there still are honorable, talented people with integrity who want to serve their country. Right now they are in short supply. See you at the Inn.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      Been out of town, so I am late to this discussion. Certainly anything Obama says regarding Obamacare is a lie. Now Kathleen Sebelius is gone and was probably pushed out do they can blame her for all the problems, not that she is innocent but many people can be blamed for this horrible mess. Excellent hub as I also believe Obama is a socialist and surrounded by people who will stand next to him and lie all day long.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Good Morning Pamela,

      And the lies just keep on coming. Now Obama is telling us that there is no voter fraud! He insists that the only frauds are the ones saying there is fraud. We are in deep trouble! See you at the Inn. I'm glad you're back...

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Seven million lost their insurance, and a reported seven million signed up for Obamacare, so, best case scenario, we have a net gain of zero.

      Zero.

      The Democrats turned the entire health care system (that 85% of Americans were perfectly happy with!) on its head, jacked up premiums, jacked up co-pays, and jacked up deductibles, plus limited choices of doctors and hospitals for a net gain of ZERO?

      Remember what Democrats (and only Democrats!) did to us come the November elections.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dear Will,

      People are losing their insurance and finding that they can't afford the higher premiums in the exchanges. This is an unmitigated disaster! I'll see you at the Inn.

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