Five ObamaCare bombs waiting to explode

The administration is celebrating 1.1 million “enrollments” in ObamaCare through the federal website and they are grasping at straws to spin the news about the program.

“As we continue our open enrollment campaign, we experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage,” Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a blog post.

They were also ecstatic about the performance of the site.

Officials also boasted was able to support 83,000 concurrent visitors on December 23, the next-to-last day before the sign-up deadline.

And then, there are the problems that they’re not talking about.

  • How many people have actually paid for the plan for which they’ve enrolled?
  • How many people who have enrolled are in a state supported Medicaid plan?
  • What is the age distribution of those who’ve enrolled?

Those are just the problems with the insurance signups. The problems of actually getting medical CARE will likely make the website problems look like the good old days.

  • Up to 70% of California doctors are not going to accept patients from Covered California, the California version of ObamaCare. We haven’t seen figures from other states, but California is a bell weather for things like this.
  • ObamaCare plans are written on a county-by-county basis, not statewide. That means people who’ve signed up for plans will likely lose access to their doctor or hospital and we’ve already seen that happening.
  • ObamaCare plans have high deductibles and co-pays. There’s an open question about whether people actually understand that about the first $5,000 of their medical care will be out of pocket.

Here’s a good summary of the minefield the Obama administration will be walking through over the coming months.

And, since Democrats take so much joy from lying about how ObamaCare was modeled after RomneyCare in Massachusetts – aside from the fact that there is an “individual mandate” it’s not the same – here’s the results seen in Massachusetts.

It’s going to be a long 2014 for ObamaCare and we think we’ve barely seen the tip of the iceberg.

What do you think? Let us know in the Comments below.

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  • Shorter version – Democrat destruction of the insurance industry is proceeding as planned.

  • superdestroyer

    People forget: Obamacare is designed to fail in order to justify single-payer. Every problem pointed out by Republicans just gives the Democrats a reason to push for single-payer. David Axelrod is a genius is finding a way that all paths lead to victory instead of like idiot Republicans who cannot find a way to get any form of a victory.

  • GarandFan

    Wow! Over ONE MILLION ‘enrollments’. Kinda makes up for the FIVE MILLION who lost their current policies. Yep, real “balance” there.

  • Vagabond661

    Out of those 1 million, I wonder how many are illegal aliens, Mickey Mouse or are dead. We are dealing with people who will falsify twitter followers for God’s sake.

    • jim_m

      That’s one million who have signed up but not one million that have paid. Until they pay they have not actually gotten anything and counting those who haven’t paid is a dishonesty. It would not be surprising to see several hundred thousand who have signed up decide that they will not pay and instead pay the penalty, which will be cheaper for them.

    • Hank_M

      Vagabond, based on your link, I’m wondering about the 1 million figure.
      They’re probably counting page views.

      • Vagabond661

        Could be. They are using voodoo math to come up with their unemployment figures.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Elections have ripple effects. And not voting to send messages or to prove points is a form of a mental disorder. That aside, in addition to those items cited in this blog post, there are four other elephants in the room: how many additional people annually will lose their employer-sponsored health coverages because their employers cut their hours to save the associated premium costs; how many additional people annually will lose their employer-sponsored health coverages because their spouses’ employers cut spousal coverages to save the related premium costs; how many net jobs annually will be lost among firms right around the law’s triggering threshold, who either don’t hire to stay under it or who cut staff to get under it; and lastly since states generally are broke to what extent will the massive Medicaid expansions further cripple the federal deficit and debt scenarios. Overall the prospects are bleak. Within two decades if not quite sooner we’ll be Britain with far higher crime rates.