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We Trashed The Health System For A Supposed 5 Million Enrollments?

Written By : William Teach
March 18, 2014

HHS is thrilled with themselves

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As this historic open enrollment period enters its final weeks, millions of Americans are finding quality, affordable coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Fernando Valdez and Denise Schroeder were part of a weekend wave of consumers signing up for new coverage and bringing enrollment nationwide to more than 5 million through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since October 1st.

Have they paid their premiums? If they haven’t they aren’t enrollments.

(Washington Post ) About 800,000 people selected health plans on the state and federal insurance marketplaces in the beginning of March, officials said in a blog post — almost as many as signed up during the entire month of February. The figure brings the administration closer to Congressional Budget Office projections that 6 million people would enroll by the end of March.

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President Obama said it in August 2009: “I don’t have to explain to you that nearly 46 million Americans don’t have health insurance coverage today. In the wealthiest nation on Earth, 46 million of our fellow citizens have no coverage.”

He said it dozens more times, including in June 2013: “We are not a nation that accepts nearly 46 million uninsured men, women and children.”

He continues on with the 46 million theme for a bit, mentioning the creation of Obamacare to solve the “problem”, moving towards

But last week came word that with just 15 days left for people to enroll for federal coverage, just 4.2 million had. The math is simple: That’s just 9 percent of the supposedly 46 million uninsured.

Still, the obvious question is: We changed the $2.7 trillion health care system to sign up 4.2 million people?

OK, so it is now supposedly 5 million who put a plan in the shopping cart. Still, we changed the health care system for this? Most of the signups are people who had previously had health insurance, and lost their plans thanks to Obamcare.

Furthermore, according to Bloomberg, the federal website cost over a billion dollars, easily 2 1/2 times the original projected cost. Then there were and still are the costs for the state exchange websites, most of which received lots of federal money, and many, such as Oregon, which do not even work. Oregon has yet to sign up a single person through their website. Many of the states rely heavily on paper and pen to enroll …. or should that be re-enroll?… citizens.

And then the White House gives us this kind of insanity (via Twitchy)

That’s under the banner of “Just one accident could mean huge medical bills that you can’t afford. HEALTHCARE.GOV”. Well, yeah, because due to the high cost of Obamcare deductibles, people won’t be able to afford them.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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