Gov't Incompetence

Obamacare enrollees under 4 million, falling short of its 26 million goal

The Obama administration has proven itself to be both untrustworthy and incompetent when it comes to taking accountability for failed legislation. So when Obama said last April that 8 million had enrolled in Obamacare, he was met with intense skepticism. Both members of Congress and the press have tried to uncover the true costs and enrollment numbers under the Freedom of Information Act, but the administration refuses to disclose the truth. In fact, it’s been 2 ½ months since any new enrollment figures have been released, and a spokesman from the government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the agency will probably not be releasing updates any time soon. Perhaps another hard drive crashed?

Either way, Obama has touted his signature achievement, saying that as of March 31, 8 million had signed up, surpassing their goal of 7 million. Yet the president failed to account for the fact that up to 20 percent of those people weren’t actually covered because they hadn’t paid their premiums. A more realistic statistic for the number of Obamacare enrollees is between 6.4 million and 6.8 million, falling short of the government’s statements to the press.

That number is further eroded when those who were previously insured are taken into account. Even if 85 percent of the ‘8 million enrollees’ have paid their premiums, and 43 percent had coverage before, the number of those newly insured would only be about 3.9 million according to The Daily Signal. By this time, CBO had projected 19 million would have been newly covered, and CMS predicted 26 million.

No one from the White House is talking, even though health policy analyst Robert Laszewski says the administration could provide the number “in days or even hours if it wanted to.” Obama continues singing the ACA’s praises, saying it’s contributed to the slow growth of healthcare costs. However, experts attribute this to the recession, given that costs began lowering before Obamacare was implemented. The administration has also been stating that the ACA will reduce the deficit, even though estimates predict that federal spending on the program will increase by 1.383 trillion over the next ten years.

CBO has even thrown in the towel on attempting to calculate the fiscal impact of Obamacare, calling the task “impossible.” If that doesn’t encourage those who still have their doubts, what will?

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