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Points of order about the ‘huge surge’ in Obamacare enrollment numbers

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By Doug Powers  •  January 14, 2014 11:47 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

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The Obama administration continues to stuff rolled-up socks down the front of the ACA enrollment trousers for artificial enhancement of the numbers, and much of the mainstream press can always be counted on to help them sell the claims without question:

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What the administration isn’t passing along (or the media in many cases fails to demand from them) is how many of those “enrollments” have actually paid and are covered:

Heidi Moore, U.S. finance and eonomics editor at The Guardian, tells us in the accompanying video that Obamacare has a two-step sign up process — applicants sign up through the government-run exchanges, but then have to connect with the insurance companies separately to pay.

“A lot of people aren’t taking that second step,” explains Moore. “They’re not going to the insurer because they’re not fully informed. Insurers are finding they’re ending up with a lot more applications than payments. [At the end of last week and into this week] if those insurers don’t receive their payments, the people who spent all that time signing up won’t be covered at all.”

Naturally the people who haven’t paid are being lumped into the “covered” number. What’s the real number of people who are actually covered? We won’t find out before this year’s election, that’s for sure.

Also, the Affordable Care Act is so “affordable” that 79 percent of those who have purchased a plan are receiving financial assistance. So, if you opposed Obamacare from the start, the new promise is “if you don’t like somebody else’s plan, you get to pay for somebody else’s plan.” And that promise will not be broken.

Yesterday, Kathleen Sebelius had this piece of disingenuous information:

Jake Tapper at CNN has what she didn’t share:

But the numbers are somewhat misleading. Here are the figures:

– 2.1 million Americans signed up for private health insurance through the federal and state exchanges through the end of December.

– 3.9 million people learned they’re eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in October and November.

The squishiness lies in the Medicaid number. The 3.9 million figure includes people who were already on Medicaid and are just renewing, as Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services noted in a blog post late last month. So not all of these folks have coverage due to Obamacare.

Also, according to the Obama administration — and what reason would we have not to believe them — 40 percent of O-care enrollees have to be paying customers between the ages of 18 and 34 for the law not to collapse on itself (and by “itself” I mean the taxpayers and future generations that will have to pay to clean up the mess). With that in mind, grab a mop:

Insurers have raised concerns that too few young people are signing up for heath insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges after newly released statistics showed that less than a quarter of people who have enrolled are between the ages of 18 and 34.

According to the numbers released Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 24 percent – or 489,460 – of the 2.2 million people who signed up for ACA were in the coveted 18-to-34 age range. That means the government has hit only 18 percent of its stated goal of registering 2.7 million adults in the 18-to-34 age range.

Also not included in any Obamacare data is how many enrollees previously had private plans but lost them because of Obamacare — the law that, with the stroke of a huge lie, deviously created its own customer base.

Lastly, do know what Obamacare needs? More Hollywood celebs telling people to sign up. Yeah, that’s the problem. If Hollywood hypocrites would put their money where their mouths are, the Obamacare solvency problem might be solved.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, pictured above displaying the number of paid Obamacare enrollments, is optimistic about the future of the ACA

(h/t Newsbusters)

**Written by Doug Powers

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