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AP Frets: Will ‘Obama-Care Surge’ Save Dems?

From a concerned but newly hopeful Associated Press:

Health care sign-ups surge — will they save Dems?

By JULIE PACE and JOSH LEDERMAN | April 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — … Despite lingering problems with the website, a late wave of enrollments pushed sign-ups higher than critics and even the White House had believed possible.

It was truly a miracle. Though probably a man-made miracle.

Still, the administration hasn’t determined how many of those people have closed the deal by paying their first month’s premiums. Also unclear is how many were previously uninsured — the real test of Obama’s health care overhaul… The administration also hasn’t yet released an updated demographic breakdown of enrollees, such as the number of younger people whose participation is critical to the law’s success.

Nor will they until after the elections. If then.

The late enrollment surge may do little to change the political dynamics heading into the midterm elections, particularly for Democrats running in conservative states where the health law and the president himself remain deeply unpopular. Even Obama’s advisers acknowledge that the public’s views on the law are unlikely to shift significantly between now and November…

Don’t they read the Washington Post? The WP/ABC News poll has discovered an overnight shift. Now everyone loves Obama-Care!

Still, with millions of people now receiving health benefits under the law, Democrats see an opportunity to undercut Republicans still pushing to repeal "Obamacare." And GOP lawmakers, wary of overplaying their political hand, are indeed grappling with whether to press forward with repeal or narrow their focus on replacing the law with different health measures…

The GOP had better let Obama-Care go. It’s time to move on to the next battle.

The Congressional Budget Office had originally estimated that 7 million people would enroll in the health exchanges this year, the CBO lowered those expectations to 6 million due to the website woes…

This is a blatant lie. The CBO said that Obama-Care needed 7 million to enroll to make it financially sustainable.

In fact, as Forbes Magazine has pointed out, the CBO originally claimed that Obama-Care would insure 3/5ths (60%) of the uninsured by 2014. If the uninsured number 40 million, then that would be 24 million people — just counting the previously uninsured.

Even including the 4.5 million added to Medicaid, Obama-Care is no where near meeting the goals the CBO originally promised.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP Frets: Will ‘Obama-Care Surge’ Save Dems?”

  1. Like bailing the sea with a fork ..

  2. mr_bill

    I’ve met only one person in the last 5 years that liked Mugabe-care. She was a UK ex-pat. Even she has become disappointed with the law, when she realized how much it would cost the business where she works. Harry Reid said that all the “horror stories” are completely made-up. I submit that the opposite is true: nobody likes obamacare, except those in government who want more control. If you believe this regime’s numbers, 7,000,000 people out of 315,000,000 have signed up. That’s a whopping .02% of the US population! More people than that watch re-runs of Honey Boo Boo in a week (God help me, I don’t know why, but they do). Maybe I just haven’t met one of the .02%. Ask yourselves that, ask your friends, co-workers, people you meet, I can’t seem to locate anybody that actually likes obamacare let alone one who has has signed up and paid.


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