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Half All Of Sign-Ups Have Been In NY And CA

From the Washington Post:

The good, the bad and the plain ugly of the Obamacare numbers

By Juliet Eilperin | November 13, 2013

Here are some of the highlights, numerically speaking:

106,856: The number of consumers who have chosen plans. It’s important to note, however, that many of these people have selected plans but have yet to pay for them. They need to pay by Dec. 15 in order to ensure these plans will take effect on Jan. 1. The Department of Health and Human Services couldn’t or wouldn’t say Wednesday how many people have actually paid to this point.

But the Washington Post doesn’t bother to mention that, on average, only about half of these people will go on to actually buy an insurance plan.

26, 794: The number who have signed up through HealthCare.gov. The numbers released Wednesday include about 79,000 who have selected coverage through the programs run by 14 states and the District of Columbia. In other words, only about one-quarter have signed up through HealthCare.Gov.

80,000 people in 14 states is not very impressive either. And they can’t blame the glitches. And, once again, only about 40,000 of those ‘sign ups’ will actually go on to buy insurance.

42: The number of sign-ups in North Dakota, the fewest for any state for which numbers are available. The next lowest? Alaska at 53, and South Dakota at 58.

49 percent: The proportion of sign-ups that have occurred in just two states — California and New York — which have their own exchanges.

82 percent: The percentage of sign-ups in the state and federal exchanges that have come in blue states. Most of the states offering state-based exchanges are blue states, accounting for much of the disparity.

Granted, most of the state run exchanges are in blue states. But there is probably another reason for this disparity. In New York and California and blue states in general, insurance premiums are already sky-high because of state imposed mandates that are just as bad as Obama-Care’s.

So there is less sticker shock when people see the prices. But the rest of the US might not jump at the chance to pay NY and CA insurance prices.

4: The rank for Kentucky, the only red state with its own state-based exchange. Kentucky has signed up 5,586 people…

Wow. What an impressive number, huh? And this is their success story.

18,000: The number of trained navigators working across the nation. These are people who can talk individuals through applying for coverage in person…

And who will encourage people to lie about their incomes in order to qualify for subsidies, or better yet, Medicaid.

More than 900: The number of organizations in 50 states that have signed on to be “champions for coverage.” Those groups are seen as another way to reach consumers, along with the more than 1,000 events that have already been sponsored on the local level to promote enrollment.

"Champions" like ACORN and Planned Parenthood and the Urban League and the SEIU.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, November 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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