Is Obamacare enrollment via HealthCare.gov already up into the millions as President Obama claims? Or are politicians lying about the success of the Affordable Care Act?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, many Democrats have been shunning President Obama because of the 2014 mid-term elections looming over their heads.
The “official” Obamacare enrollment numbers reached over one million by the end of 2013 and were celebrated by the White House. Unfortunately, this important milestone fell quite short of Barack Obama’s year end goal of 3.3 million and didn’t factor in other considerations. Worse, in order for Obamacare exchanges to break even it’s estimated about 2.7 million Americans in the 18 to 35 age range must spend $5,800 a year per individual. But so far estimates from states show that young people only account for 20 to 25 percent of those enrolling via HealthCare.gov while the majority are either middle-aged or seniors.
So Obamacare fact checkers were not exactly amused when President Obama made this statement during the State of the Union address:
“Already, because of the Affordable Care Act, more than 3 million Americans under age 26 have gained coverage under their parents’ plans. More than 9 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage — 9 million.”
Other Democrats have been repeating this claim since then so the Washington Post fact check team did some digging and it turns out Obama’s Affordable Care Act statement earns a four pinocchio violation for being such an outrageous lie. The experts estimate Obamacare enrollment via HealthCare.gov to be in the vicinity of 600,000 people once you include all the people who didn’t pay their bill when it came due.
Of course, many of these woes can be blamed on the Obamacare website and the software that is supposed to support the entire health insurance system. Even after the relaunch HealthCare.gov still suffered from many problems and even Microsoft was called in to fix the mess. But some of these systems haven’t even been built yet and the insurance carriers are experiencing error rates so high they’re having trouble processing any enrollment attempts. For example, the system cannot even handle normal life changes like babies, divorces, appeals, and attempts by HealthCare.gov users to cancel their involvement.
Despite all this, President Obama insists that HealthCare.gov is “working the way it’s supposed to.” Even Jon Stewart laughed at Nancy Pelosi when she insisted she and her fellow Democrats weren’t responsible for the mess. What do you think?