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FL Obama-Care Enrollees May Be An Urban Legend

From the Miami Herald:

Obamacare enrollees become urban legend


Will the Floridians who have enrolled for Obamacare please stand up?

Nearly two weeks after the federal government launched the online Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov, individuals who have successfully used the choked-up website to enroll for a subsidized health insurance plan have reached a status akin to urban legend: Everyone has heard of them, but very few people have actually met one.

Gee, why would that be, do you think?

The Miami Herald searched high and low for individuals who completed enrollment for a subsidized health plan through the marketplace, also called an exchange, launched by the federal government on Oct. 1 in 36 states, including Florida…

As of Friday, however, only a smattering of success stories had emerged in news reports. Politico.com, an online news outlet, reported that a 21-year-old Georgia resident who enrolled successfully has become a cause célèbre, with national media and even the White House touting his story…

Meaning, Chad Henderson, who is the former Obama campaign volunteer, who lied about having signed up for Obama-Care, when he didn’t. He also lied about the cost of his premiums. But the Miami Herald doesn’t bother to report any of that.

States such as California, where state legislators chose to create their own exchange ( Covered California) instead of handing off to the federal government, have experience some problems. But they also are reporting the successful enrollment of thousands of eligible individuals into subsidized health plans.

Hilarious. California is reported to have received only 16,000 ‘applications’ in the first week, out of a population of 38 million people. But that is being hailed as a ‘success,’ and the Miami Herald doesn’t question it.

HHS has not said how many people in Florida or elsewhere have enrolled or attempted to enroll. Federal officials said that Americans have enrolled for coverage through the exchange, but they have declined to reveal how many…

Er, the UK’s Daily Mail said there were only 51,000 in the first week.

Florida media and nonprofit groups have reported at least two successes in detail. Florida CHAIN, a statewide consumer health advocacy group, has highlighted the story of Vincent Mutia, a 24-year-old political science student at the University of Central Florida.

Mutia said he tried to enroll on the first day but ran into problems that kept him from shopping the available plans, applying for a subsidy and making a purchase.

“In the last few days,’’ Mutia told the Herald on Friday, “the experience became more fluid. I was able to put in all my information. After the security questions, I created an account.”

What a "success" story! He was able to create an account. But notice we aren’t told whether he enrolled or not.

Last week, the Orlando Sentinel reported the story of one man who succeeded in buying a plan — after starting at 6 a.m. on the day the exchange launched.

Daniel McNaughton, a 22-year-old computer science student at Valencia College in Orlando, told the newspaper he purchased a Florida Blue plan that will cost him $70 a month after the federal subsidy…

How soon before we learn that Mr. McNaughton is just another Obama plant?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “FL Obama-Care Enrollees May Be An Urban Legend”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Lies, Damned lies, and statistics.

  2. captstubby says:

    “individual who completed enrollment sighted in everglades
    with Batboy.”
    ABC/Yahoo News send reporters.

  3. bousquem25 says:

    Go figure that in Massachusetts if you buy your healthcare through the mandated healthconnector that now you have to reenroll in the plans now with the o-care fiasco. Medicaid gets rolled automatically but everyone else has to recreate their online profiles and find their plans again. I think the only that’s changed is maybe my premium dropped by about 3 cents. I’m not sure but it still sucks to have a silver plan (out of bronze, silver, gold, platinum) that costs over $300 a month for a health late 20’s male. All I ever do is go to my annual physical but I get to pay for every medicaid leach who calls the ambulance because they’re not feeling well and want a ride to the front of the line in the ER. Or the medicaid idiot who is on oxygen and can’t breath but needs the ambulance to bring them to the hospital after they finished smoking their pack of cigarettes.

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