Obamacare’s Net Negative: Numbers Suggest Situation Beyond Worst Case Scenario

December 10, 2013

UPTON: “We are at a point where, come January 1, 2014, millions more people will have lost coverage than gained it because of the health care law.”

As the saying goes, the numbers don’t lie. And the situation looks grim with just two weeks remaining before the deadline to enroll on HealthCare.gov for Americans to be covered on January 1. The AP previously reported that an internal administration memo dated September 5 estimated “494,620 people would sign up … by October 31” and “projected enrollment would reach 3.3 million nationally by Dec. 31.” Notably, these projections were based on favorable conditions. Sadly, we now know that the health law has already ripped away the health plans from more than 5 million Americans – meaning even if the administration had achieved its best-case-scenario, millions more Americans would have lost coverage than gained it in the first months of Obamacare.

What’s worse is the administration’s internal projections reported by the AP are far from reality.

“We are at a point where, come January 1, 2014, millions more people will have lost coverage than signed up because of the health care law,” commented Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “Of all the Americans who have been affected by the law, the vast majority are now without health coverage this holiday season and worried if they will be able to afford a new plan. The president’s broken promises have fallen too hard on families all across Michigan and the nation.”

Reliable data has been scarce from the administration when it comes to this health care law. It took nearly six weeks to get the first official enrollment report, and then all the administration was willing to share was the number of people who “selected” a plan – a meager 106,185. Since then, the administration has boasted of increased traffic and capability of HealthCare.gov while simultaneously attempting to fend off very real concerns of those whose enrollments have not been accurately processed. It should come as no surprise that enrollments are not being processed accurately. The committee learned that 30 to 40 percent of the marketplaces have not even been built, including the payment feature. 

While the numbers may not lie, the administration seemingly will do anything to cloud the public from the real situation. At this point, one thing is clear: data surrounding the health care law ought to be taken with a significant grain of salt.

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