The whole stated purpose of Obamacare was to provide a way for the uninsured to get insurance through the use of government mandates and fines. When the Democrats were campaigning for Obamacare, they’d drone on about how many uninsured people there were as a way to tug at America’s heartstrings the same way they pretended to care about the kids who died in Sandy Hook, while turning a blind eye to the tens of millions of unborn babies who have been murdered for their own good.
Millions of insurance cancellations and premium hikes later (and how could we forget the website that was put together by a couple 6th graders), all they have to show for is a tiny group of people that has actually enrolled in an Obamacare exchange and paid their first premium.
News of the disastrous numbers comes as nervous Democrats and President Barack Obama, ahead of the November midterm elections, did their best on Monday’s enrollment deadline to put a positive spin on the deeply unpopular Obamacare program. The latest Associated Press poll finds that Obamacare has now hit an all-time low approval rating of just 26 percent.
The White House now claims an Obamacare enrollment figure of six million people. However, according to The New York Times, at least 20% of those never paid their premiums to activate coverage, leaving them uninsured. That drops the number down to 4.8 million.
Next, as Washington Post columnist Ed Rogers notes, “the official HHS numbers still include duplicate enrollments.” No one knows how many duplicate enrollments are in the stack; the White House refuses to say. However, given the disastrous Obamacare website failures, it is reasonable to imagine that the pile is riddled with numerous “false start” applications.
That leaves the most important question: How many people are gaining insurance who were previously uninsured? After all, that was the stated reason for Obamacare in the first place. McKinsey & Co. says that only 27% of those who have picked a plan through Obamacare were previously uninsured.
Moreover, McKinsey says these individuals have an unusually high rate of failing to pay their first month’s premium. “Only 53 percent of them had paid their first premium, compared with 86 percent of the previously insured,” reports CNBC.
Even conceding the White House its alleged six million enrollment figure (which, again, includes duplicates and incomplete applications), that would mean that just 810,000 of paying Obamacare customers were previously uninsured, a figure that represents 1.7% of America’s 48.6 million uninsured people.
1.7%? That sounds like an utter failure, especially considering that several million people’s insurance policies were canceled or had their premiums hiked thanks to the “Affordable” “Care” Act. Liberals keep asking, “You don’t like Obamacare? Do you have a better plan?” Yes. How about repealing the whole thing and replacing it with nothing? We don’t need more government rules, regulations, fines and mandates. Healthcare would be a lot better and more affordable if government got out of the way. Any time they involve themselves in areas they don’t belong, it always drives the cost way up and the quality way down.