The Obama administration claims that almost seven million people will have “signed up” for a health care plan through the program by the end of this enrollment period. The enrollment period has changed a dozen times already but that just makes it easier to win when you move the goal posts along the way. The breakdown of that seven million number is dubious at best, and entirely deceitful by most accounts. The most transparent administration ever is failing to provide even the most basic information about who is enrolling in a health care plan and whether or not they’re actually paying the bill.
Seven million, a very convenient number, is being repeated everywhere:
Seven million was the original target set by the Congressional Budget Office for enrollment in taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance through new online markets created under President Obama’s signature legislation.
That was scaled back to 6 million after the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov last fall. Several state-run websites also had crippling problems.
I think it’s pretty amazing that we’ve hit the exact number the Obama administration had been hoping for given the well-documented problems regarding the original rollout. Couple that with the five+ million people who have lost their existing coverage and you have the recipe for numbers which are about as transparent as a brick wall.
Luckily, the media has been at the ready to smooth things over. Just repeat the number over and over again and people will start to believe it. Never mind that many included in the seven million have signed up for Medicaid, many are simply replacing plans they lost, and many haven’t even paid the bill to begin the coverage.
It’s still early in the day. It may be possible that we’ll get an “April Fool’s” tweet from the White House explaining that Obamacare was one big joke but only the bureaucrats are laughing.
Cross-posted to Liberty Unyielding