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Jay Carney asked if people who lost plans will outnumber O-care enrollees; Dodging ensues

By Doug Powers  •  November 12, 2013 03:28 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Jay Carney had this exchange today with ABC’s Jon Karl:

Q: Is the number of people who enroll going to be lower than those that have been receiving cancellation notices?

MR. CARNEY: Jon, I would simply ask you to wait until the data are released. I think it’s fair to say that the enrollment figures will be low and were going to be low anyway. They will be significantly lower because of the challenges posed by the faulty website.

Q: Well, what will that say? I mean, what kind of message is that if more people have received cancellation notices than actually have been able to enroll?

MR. CARNEY: I would say that it would say two things. One, the history of these kinds of programs — and Massachusetts is the best model — show that enrollment is very slow early on. I think there were only 123 people in Massachusetts who enrolled in the first month. And while it’s a small state, it’s a reasonably populous state, and 123 is a very low number.

Answer Carney gave: “But Massachusetts.” Correct answer Carney avoided: “Damn right those who got cancellation notices will outnumber enrollees.”

Video here.

Reminder about the effort to pad enrollment numbers when they’re released: The total won’t necessarily include people who have actually enrolled. Even with that in mind, the number of people whose insurance has been cancelled will still more than likely outnumber “enrollees.”


**Written by Doug Powers

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