About those seven million ObamaCare signups

The Imperial President’s right hand fool laid down the marker.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius once described 7 million new Obamacare customers in the first year as what “success looks like.”

The White House is now trying to affix another label to the estimate: meaningless.

Oops. That’s what happens when you’re just not engaged in the project. I’m sure if the IP had squeezed in a meeting or two with Sebelius instead of a couple of rounds of golf everything would be hunky-dory. But, to their credit, the media hasn’t given up promoting the idea that all’s well that ends well.

365,000 have chosen plans through the end of November and today that number, including the individual state websites have the number up to around 500,000. There are some thorny issues with that number though.

The original target for November was 706,000, so the administration is about half way there. The target for December was 2.1 million, and remember the original cutoff for enrollment was December 15th, that’s now been officially moved to December 23rd and the administration is pushing insurance companies to move that into January.

Then there’s the problem of exactly who has paid for their plans. Out of the roughly 500,000 who’ve “chosen” a plan, only about 15% have actually made a payment, and until the insurance company receives your payment, you’re not insured. The first couple of weeks of January are going to be very interesting when people show up seeking medical care only to find out that they don’t have insurance.

13-1216 - Bad Apple13-1216 - Bad AppleThe Obama administration will roll out a new round of “Bad Apples” on that news, after all, the Imperial President told the insurance companies they could disregard the law and offer old, cancelled policies to customers that don’t meet the ACA requirements. The IP did his part.

Then, on a longer term basis, there’s the problem of those pesky kids who put Obama into the Oval Office twice, based in large part on his promise to make sure everybody had free healthcare. At a minimum, at least 40% of the new enrollees MUST be kiddos from that group who are willing to pay exorbitant premiums for insurance coverage most do not need and would not purchase if they had a choice.

Why must they purchase that unwanted and mostly unneeded coverage? Well, so old farts like The Curmudgeon can get a break on the cost of his policy. We can tell you with authority that The Curmudgeon’s sons are smarter than that, we raised them better.

It looks likes the kiddos that the Imperial President was counting on may well let him down, we’ll be shocked if their signups hit 25%.

There are lots more problems with this mess, but these will do for today. Well, these and the fact that the latest polling shows that only 25% of those who didn’t have insurance before ObamaCare – the group that Democrats are trying to save – only 25% think ObamaCare is a decent deal. The other 75%? They’re not going to participate.

It’s going to be an interesting year, 2014 is.


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Posted by on December 16, 2013.
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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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  • cirby

    That’s odd…

    Back during the campaign, it was “30 million uninsured.” What happened to those other 23 million Obamacare was going to insure?

    • jim_m

      obamacare was never about insuring the uninsured. It was only ever about power over the public and converting 1/6 of the economy into a source of political corruption and graft.

      • Hank_M

        And in it’s earliest form, Obamacare was nothing more than an applause line intended to one-up Hillary on the way toward winning the nomination.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      I’d heard numbers everywhere from 5 to 15 million – seemed like 10 million was the average… before the campaign.

      It would have been a hell of a lot cheaper to just buy ‘em all insurance policies – but noooo, that wouldn’t do. We had to be ‘fair’, and make sure everyone’s insurance was the same.

      I’m starting to get a rather violent allergic reaction to mentions of ‘fairness’….

      • cirby

        Nope – 30 million was the “campaign” number. You can still find references all over the left-wing web sites. In the middle of 2012 , places like Daily Kos were complaining about how the GOP didn’t have a plan to replace Obamacare and insure that 30 million.

        Then, of course, there’s Obama’s own speech to Congress. Sept 9, 2009. “There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.”

        That’s his number, and he’s stuck with it. Altering it to seven million is just moving the goalposts – from the goal line to the other end of the field.

        • Vagabond661

          Well to be fair, 20 million of those were illegal aliens.

  • horatio

    “you are not insured until the insurance company recieves your payment” Actually this is incorrect. The reverse is true and there is actually in most cases a liberal late payment/coverage policy.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Have you a citation to the law supporting that assertion?

      • horatio

        do you have the ability to speak in sentence format

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          I’m sorry. Did my writing level exceed your reading comprehension level?

          • horatio

            hardly

          • horatio

            nice hat

        • jim_m

          Apparently you do not. Your comment above is not a proper sentence as it does not start with a capitalized word and does not end with any punctuation mark. Your following two comments are the same.

          Glass houses, etc, etc.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            What are the odds he neither reads nor writes cursive?

      • horatio

        do you have the ability to speak in sentence format