As stories begin to circulate over the extent of disinterest Americans are showing regarding actually signing up for Obamacare, along with the incredibly inept mechanics of the online system itself, keep in mind the Republicans in Congress went to Barack Obama during the government shutdown stand off and offered to fully fund the government if the president would simply delay Obamacare for one year. Barack Obama, as he refused all other offers, refused that one as well. Now there are whispers of the administration trying to figure out what to do as the president’s signature and highly divisive piece of legislation teeters on the brink of its own self-inflicted collapse.
AP White House Reporter: WH Stonewalling on Enrollment Figures
Associated Press White House Reporter Julie Pace today said Monday morning that the White House has the enrollment numbers for Obamacare but won’t release them.
Pace, who appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said that White House was “selectively” releasing figures related to the Obamacare website to “make the system look good,” while guarding the enrollment numbers.
Here’s an excerpt from her remarks:
Every day they tell us, “We don’t have that number yet. We’re going to provide the first enrollee number in mid-November.
And, really what they’re trying to do at this point is, they’re being selectively transparent. They’re telling us numbers that make the system look good. They say that 19 million people have looked at healthcare.gov since the site opened up to the public. They say that about a half million people have actually gotten through the application process. That’s about as detailed as we’ve gotten at this point.
But, you know, the enrollments figures, they say, “Oh, reporters, you’re just obsessed with this enrollment figure.” Well that’s because, the enrollment figure is the only thing that tells us whether this is actually going to work . . .
Part of what’s been so frustrating about this as a reporter is that, we know that they have these numbers. It’s not as though they have to wait for some tech person in some far off place to send them the data. They’re getting these numbers in . . .
You can assume, though that the number is fairly low. If you have half a million people who have gotten the application finished, that means that the enrollment number is likely far less than that. LINK
That is quite correct of course. For one to simply look at that site and see what they might qualify for through the health coverage exchanges requires them to go through the “application process”. If that number is only a half million people at this point, that means then that those who fully completed the application process and then actually signed up for Obamacare is well below that half million number. Perhaps below 100,00 people.
Now think on that – TRILLIONS of dollars will be spent on Obamacare, and after weeks of implementation (which itself cost a half billion dollars just for the website) only a 100,000 Americans cared to even sign up? Democrats have long cried out about the thirty million uninsured Americans – that the country had a “healthcare crisis”. THIS WAS NEVER TRUE. Up to half of that projected thirty million uninsured were people who didn’t want healthcare coverage. 90% of Americans now face a complete alteration of their healthcare coverage for about 5% of Americans who were truly uninsured and wanted coverage.
This was never about healthcare – it was always about control via Big Government expansion.
I have been told rank and file Democrats in Congress are growing increasingly concerned over the failed launch of Obamacare, and the sticker shock people are finding when they actually see what the Democrats want Middle Class Americans to pay for coverage. These rates are sometimes THOUSANDS more than they are currently paying. Add to this high cost, are former insurance plans being phased out because they don’t comply with Obamacare regulations, patients losing their doctors, and many more people losing their jobs – all because of Obamacare.
“The Democrat leadership is saying very little back to their members on this, but the members are starting to really freak out up here. They are hearing back from constituents in their districts, and those people are not happy about Obamacare at all. This could end up being a perfect storm scenario for Democrats in 2014 if they don’t find a way out of this mess. Look for more government by crisis from the Obama White House and the Democratic leadership. They think that is how they sidestep this disaster.” -RI
UPDATE: New CNN poll shows support for Obamacare falls dramatically since its launch – 52% oppose Obamacare with just 44% approval, among the lowest numbers EVER via pro-Obama CNN polling. LINK
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