In September of last year, the Obama administration predicted that by the first of March of this year, Obamacare enrollment would have reached 5.6 million.
But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius kept saying they have no idea how many have signed up—a load of bull if I ever heard it.
She had said that they at HHS expected the enrollment to pick up as the deadline got nearer (funny how mandatory things always seem so popular, isn’t it?), and they were right.
The government finally figured out a way to find out how many people signed up for Obamacare before its March 31 non-deadline deadline, and that number is 7.1 million.
As Charles Krauthammer put it, “These guys go six months without any idea what the numbers are, and all of a sudden it’s to a decimal point.”
President Obama delivered a speech from the White House the other day to tout the glorious news that 7.1 million Obamacare enrollees.
“This law is doing what it’s supposed to do,” he said in that phony compassion-whisper voice he so often uses when in campaign mode. “It’s working.”
He’s right, of course. Largely, people are now paying higher premiums or losing their private health insurance altogether. And that is what Obamacare was supposed to do. We can’t very well call Obama a liar when he says that “it’s working,” now can we?
“The debate over repealing this law is over,” he said. “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” Like all the other government programs that don’t work, or like AIDS.
As cocky as Obama was in that speech—and, hey, he’s entitled to be cocky since the sign-up goal was surpassed; I won’t take that away from him—he and the people at HHS aren’t giving us any detailed information. Who is signing up? Why they are signing up? How many of them have actually purchased health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges?
The 7.1 million number just tell us that 7.1 million started the enrollment process. Even I’m included in those numbers, and I certainly didn’t buy from them; I was just buy-curious, as one Tobias Fünke would say.
Krauthammer makes this point as well. “If it turns out that the overwhelming majority of the so-called 7.1 were people who had health insurance, liked their health insurance, were renewing their health insurance, [or] got kicked off their health insurance, whose lives are disrupted, premiums are raised, deductibles are raised, and lost their doctors are now among the 7.1…it’s a net negative.”
Ultimately, Obamacare will end up making a great fool of both the media and the administration, so I’m personally thankful to both for being so liberal and so partisan as to cheer-lead such a destructive law.
Bring on the implosion.