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CNBC: 700K Uninsured Have Signed Up For O-Care

From CNBC:

Is Obamacare signing up the uninsured? It’s a tough call

By Jodi Gralnick | March 21, 2014

The main goal of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is to give uninsured Americans access to health insurance. Yet, the Obama administration has refused to reveal how many people who’ve signed up were, in fact, previously uninsured.

It turns out, it’s not necessarily that the officials don’t want to. It’s that they can’t—because they’re not asking applicants the question. Enrollees on the federal marketplace and most of the 15 state exchanges are never asked about their current or previous insurance status…

Which, of course, is no accident. After all, HHS must have known this would be a figure we would want to hear about. Since the whole purpose of Obama-Care was to insure the previously un-insured.

"A lot of people could have anticipated this is a question everyone would be asking," said Rachel Garfield, a senior researcher at the Kaiser Family Foundation. But, "the application is really designed to get people into coverage. The question people are asking is more of a research and evaluation question. If I had to guess, I’d say they were just focused on what do we absolutely need to know to get people signed up." …

BS. They didn’t want to know. This would have been the first question asked, if they thought it would show how successful Obama-Care was at insuring the uninsured.

In the meantime, public and private entities are conducting their own surveys to get an idea of who’s signing up… About 5 million people overall had enrolled in ACA plans as of March 17, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…

McKinsey, a leading management consulting firm, polled about 2,100 exchange-eligible Americans in February, and found only 27 percent of people who had picked a plan were previously uninsured. Only 53 percent of them had paid their first premium, compared with 86 percent of the previously insured. With 5 million total enrollments, that would be about 715,500 previously uninsured Americans who had chosen and paid for new insurance…

Which is exactly the same number we came up with last week.

So we went through all of this hell and expense, and turned our whole healthcare system upside down for 700,000 people! And that is probably still an over-estimate. Given that 25% of the 5 million still have not bought any policies.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “CNBC: 700K Uninsured Have Signed Up For O-Care”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Now all we need is for the other 29, 300, 000 shiite heads to step up and collect their free booty. Whilst the rest of America picks up the freeloaders tab.
    DingleBarry is the absolute worst as president. Matter of fact……he sucks at everything but leisure time.

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