Biden Boasts Missing Enrollment Goal By 2 Million Would Be “One Hell of a Start”
Vice President Joe Biden yesterday moved the goalposts for enrollment once again, telling a group in Minnesota, “we may not get to 7 million, but if we get to 5 or 6 million that’s a hell of a start.” The AP reports, “The administration’s original projections were that 7 million would sign up during the open enrollment period, which started last year. Signing up enough individuals – especially younger, healthier people – is critical to keeping premiums low for everyone.” Only Vice President Biden could portray falling short of expectations by nearly 30 percent as success.
Unfortunately, the true enrollment picture is still unknown, as all the administration has revealed to date is the number of people who have “selected” a plan. Enrollment is not complete until the first month’s premium is paid. The New York Times recently reported, “One in five people who signed up for health insurance under the new health care law failed to pay their premiums on time and therefore did not receive coverage in January, insurance companies and industry experts say.”
National Journal explains, “if early indications hold and the more accurate enrollment metric shaves 20 to 30 percent off the initial numbers, it will be a painful shift for Democrats. At current levels, it takes enrollment from 3.3 million down to about 2.6 million. If, hypothetically, 6 million people choose a plan by the end of March, real enrollment would be closer to 4.8 million.” By those estimates, even Vice President Biden’s new goal would not be met.