Epic Failure, Faux Fix
We're going to get to the president's announcement this morning, but first let's walk through what has happened over the last 24 hours. Yesterday the administration finally released its figures on the number of Americans who have enrolled or "selected" ObamaCare plans, and the numbers can only be described as an epic failure. Even though the numbers (106,000) were higher than the projected estimates released earlier in the week (50,000) they still reflect a serious problem for ObamaCare and Democrats in Washington.
The real number to focus on is the 26,000 Americans who have selected coverage through the federal healthcare.gov exchange. That number, again, includes people who have purchased plans along with those who have merely "selected" plans but have yet to pay. That number is disastrously lower than the administration's original estimate of 500,000, which they said would be enrolled by the end of October.
This didn't stop the White House from attempting to spin the numbers, tweeting out yesterday , "Thanks to #ObamaCare, more than 500,000 Americans have already signed up for health coverage." This is incredibly misleading and relying on the ignorance of the American people. This figure is not related to ObamaCare enrollees but includes those who are "determined eligible" for Medicaid. It has nothing to do with ObamaCare exchanges and the original 500,000 projected in the administration's memo. Nancy Pelosi, by the way, made a similarly ridiculous claim . Who are these people kidding?
It Gets Worse
Sorry, it gets worse. Not only did the administration miss its target by a mile - less than 2% of their target has been met! - but compare the 26,000 to the five million Americans who have lost their current coverage. This is a big, big problem and I'm not sure how it is going to get much better (even with the president's "fix"): the website still isn't working, I'm unsure how convincing people to sign up will be easier now with all the turmoil surrounding the law, and the on-coming train wreck in the distance is when employer-based coverage takes a hit next year. The latest Gallup polling found that 55% of Americans disapprove of ObamaCare and that number has been growing. Remember when Nancy Pelosi said that we had to pass the law to find out what's in it? Well we're finding out what's in it and people detest it even more! That's not a good sign for Democrats.