Obamacare's Washington Math
We are awaiting the official figures this week of how many Americans have bought into Obamacare. The reports are that less than 50,000 Americans have managed to enroll in the federal Obamacare exchange. This is a far cry from the 500,000 the administration predicted by the end of October. Numbers in the state exchanges aren't expected to be much better, around 49,000 enrollees. Reuters points out that this figure represents just 3% of the administration's enrollment target for 2014. It was expected that 7 million Americans nationwide would sign up for Obamacare by the 2014 target date. Jamie Dupree has a good run down of how the exchanges are fairing in each of the states that chose to set them up. This includes Oregon – with $3.2 million worth of hipster songs promoting Covered Oregon – which has yet to enroll a single person into the program!
But when the figures are released, how will we know that they are even accurate? Yet again, Washington is pulling out its magic calculator. This time it is to calculate the number of Americans enrolled in Obamacare. According to the Washington Post, the Obama administration is changing the definition of who is considered “enrolled” in Obamacare. It turns out that you don't have to actually pay for Obamacare to be considered enrolled in Obamacare! According to an administration official, “In the data that will be released this week, ‘enrollment’ will measure people who have filled out an application and selected a qualified health plan in the marketplace.” So if you actually manage to get onto the website and browse for a plan, and a plan is sitting in your shopping cart but you've yet to pay for it, you would be counted as being “enrolled” in Obamacare.
The number of enrollees is a problem, along with the lack of competition, which will lead to these rising premium prices. The Heritage Foundation points out that this is another broken promise associated with Obamacare. Based on their analysis, “In more than half of the counties in the U.S., people have only one or two insurance carriers offering coverage on their exchanges.” Yet another broken promise. I'm not expecting another half-hearted apology from the president.
Defrauding, Security & Scams Under Obamacare
If you do nothing else today, take the time to watch the latest undercover investigation by Project Veritas. This is relates to Obamacare navigators. An undercover investigation at an Obamacare navigator site in Texas found navigators suggesting that you lie on your form about your health habits and income status in order to achieve lower premiums or higher Obamacare subsidies. The investigation also finds a supposedly non-project, non-partisan navigator group – Enroll America – that claims direct ties to the DNC and actively works with an organization to turn Texas into a Blue state. What's amazing is that $67 million of your tax dollars has been spent on these Obamacare navigators. Yet as we found out from Kathleen Sebelius last week, these people don't even have to pass background checks in order to qualify as a navigator. This means that convicted felons, for example, may have access to your most private information...more