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Obama-Care Enrollment Counts ‘Plans In Cart’

From the Washington Post (of all places):

Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee? The Obama administration settles on a definition.

By Sarah Kliff | November 11, 2013

The fight over how to define the new health law’s success is coming down to one question: Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee?

Gee, this sounds like the way the government makes it complicated as to who counts as unemployed.

Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they’ve submited [sic] a payment. That is when the carrier sends out a member card and begins paying doctor bills.

How old fashioned of them to wait until someone has paid to say that they are insured.

When the Obama administration releases health law enrollment figures later this week, though, it will use a more expansive definition. It will count people who have purchased a plan as well as those who have a plan sitting in their online shopping cart but have not yet paid.

In other words, as with most things, the Obama administration is simply going to lie. They are going to count people who have put a plan in their cart. Even though, as we will see later, half the time they don’t buy a plan at all.

In the data that will be released this week, ‘enrollment’ will measure people who have filled out an application and selected a qualified health plan in the marketplace,” said an administration official, who requested anonymity to frankly describe the methodology.

The disparity in the numbers is likely to further inflame the political fight over the Affordable Care Act. Each side could choose a number to make the case that the health law is making progress or failing miserably.

The administration plans to use this count of enrollees because that’s where their interaction with the healthcare.gov site ends, the administration official said. Insurance plans, rather than the federal government, are responsible for collecting the first month’s premium…

Er, that isn’t quite true. If the plan is in a shopping cart, Healthcare.gov should be easily able to tell whether the plan was purchased or not. Besides, the government could simply ask the health insurance companies for their numbers. — But in reality they are just using this as an excuse to hide the real numbers from the public.

States that have so far released enrollment data also tend to use this wider definition…

So the state numbers are also a tissue of lies. How wonderful.

The 14 states running their own insurance marketplaces have reported 49,000 enrollments in private health insurance plans, according to an analysis released Monday by consulting firm Avalere Health…

But the number of people who actually bought a plan could easily be half that.

Different definitions of enrollment lead to vastly different estimations of who will gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act. In the District of Columbia, for example, health insurance plans reported signing up five people during the health law’s first month.

But the city’s exchange, DC Health Link, estimates that 321 people in the District  have dropped a specific health insurance plan into their shopping cart. Of those, 164 have requested an invoice for their first month’s premium from the insurance carrier.

So only half of the people who put a plan in their cart actually end up buying it. And DC and the rest of the Obama-Care propagandists want to count all of them anyway. We have really become a nation of lies.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama-Care Enrollment Counts ‘Plans In Cart’”

  1. Those numbers may include Plans in the Cart, but you and I are in a hand basket and it’s really really hot ..




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