If only we could laugh off Obamacare on April Fool’s Day

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

  • Bill Hedges

    Talk about APRIL FOOL’S DAY ON HEALTH PROVIDERS.

    What happens when you sign up for bumcare BUT never/stop paying premium. Hospital/Doctor check to see if you are insured & told YOU ARE. But NOT REALLY. The health provider COULD BE stuck FOR THE BILLS. APRIL FOOL’S DAY.

    When I heard this while driving my car on the radio I was very skeptical THIS COULD BE TRUE. Sounded ___ rep·re·hen·si·blely ___ FALSE. NOT EVEN … BUMCARE … could do this:

    “Medical group that backed ObamaCare warns obscure rule could hurt doctors”

    March 20, 2014·

    “The largest doctors group in the country is raising alarm that an obscure ObamaCare rule could stick them with the tab for patients who skip out on paying their premiums”

    GET THIS APRIL FOOL DAY prank:

    “One possible — and controversial — solution for hospitals is for them to help struggling patients pay their premiums. But, as the AMA guidelines noted, the Department of Health and Human Services has strongly advised against this and threatened to take action if necessary.”

    “The AMA said doctors “should exercise extreme caution” before even discussing that possibility with patients.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/20/medical-group-that-backed-obamacare-warns-obscure-rule-could-hurt-doctors/