News That’s Too Bad To Spin: Obamacare Has Enrolled 3 Percent Of Its Target Customer Base

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If you started a company with a fully subsidized startup cost and were granted free publicity months ahead of your product launch that got your product in front of every eligible buyer in the United States, would you be disappointed when your product achieved a 3 percent market share in its first month?

What if the court system had cleared a path for your ambitions to reach monopolistic proportions by giving you permission to dictate to your competitors what they could or couldn’t sell? What if the government set the wind at your back with buyer mandates and a guaranteed market presence in all 50 States?

Even assuming all your startup costs had been paid by a mysterious benefactor and you had no financial skin in the game until the day your widgets hit the market, would you even want to stay in business after you mustered a 3 percent market share? Or would you cut your losses before you incurred any and try your hand at something else?

Government doesn’t have to play by any of the rules that force free markets to be profitable, so it can cruise along indefinitely — or until its financiers grow restless enough to revolt against its policies — by pumping money into a sinking ship.

And according to a Reuters report Monday, that’s the shape of things in the early going for Obamacare, which has managed to enroll only 3 percent of the number of people the Department of Health and Human Services predicted it would. The kicker is that 3 percent is an optimistic figure, one that derived from Obamacare enrollment statistics in the 12 States where online health insurance exchanges are “mostly working smoothly,” according to the report.

HHS expected the State-managed exchanges to enroll 1.4 million people for 2014. They’ve enrolled 49,100 instead. Of course, the enrollment period is ongoing through March 31 of next year. But there’s no universe in which the sign-up rate will accelerate rapidly enough to come anywhere near the 1.4 million target by the time the enrollment period ends.

“Supporters of Obamacare and health insurers fear that scant participation in the private insurance exchanges will prevent them from becoming a sustainable new individual market, including the right mix of young and healthy members to offset coverage for older, sick people,” Reuters observes.

And those are the “supporters.” Far down in the same article, another revealing nugget demonstrates just how doomed the as-implemented configuration of the Affordable Care Act truly is: Part of the paltry 49,100 tally of new Obamacare enrollees includes people who’ve signed up for Medicaid.

And when the Obama Administration finally divulges some numbers on how many people have signed up in all States, as is expected later this week, those numbers – however meager they will appear – will nonetheless be inflated by the White House’s inclusion of anyone who’s put insurance in his or her online shopping cart at Healthcare.gov.

“Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they’ve submitted [sic] a payment,” The Washington Post reported Monday. “That is when the carrier sends out a member card and begins paying doctor bills.

“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.”

Lest you need some evidence that the Administration is doing everything it can to spit-shine the Obamacare disaster with unsustainably deceitful tactics, check out the latest “glitch” in the online marketplace: About 8,000 would-be shoppers at the Washington State Obamacare website were informed they would qualify for a healthcare subsidy on their tax returns.

But after following through with their Obamacare purchase, those same customers were informed the prices they’d been quoted were too low and that they don’t, in fact, qualify for the generous subsidies and low prices on which they made the decision to buy the coverage in the first place.

“That led many enrollees in the Washington exchange to select generous insurance plans they likely won’t be able to afford once their subsidies are reduced,” reports The Hill. “Those 8,000 individuals likely will need to go through the entire application process again to see what plans at what prices they qualify for under the correct tax subsidy.”

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Stephine

    ACA equates to the Titanic steaming ahead oblivious to the giant iceberg. Unfortunately the ACA Titanic is towing America behind it so when it sinks so will this once great country.

  • Reasonable

    I firmly believe that this whole ACA rollout and the website disasters are a long, new Woody Allen comedy being produced by Oliver Stone and filmed for distribution to Martian residents. Their tears from uncontrollable laughter will restore water to the planet and Martian’s loud guffawing will bring gentle winds back to the planet. In a few million millennia from now, the film will be awarded an Academy Award for “Best Comedy Ever”

    • Bill

      Good comment, Reasonable

    • Vis Fac

      Or a TRAGEDY !!! ODUMBOCARE has effectively RUINED our healthcare system we can NEVER regain what we once had

      If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Warrior

    What an absolute Fraud this whole concept is. I for one am willing to pay more taxes to build a whole lot more prisons to house these scoundels. Gitmo isn’t large enough let alone the whole country of Cuba!

    • rocketride

      And (slightly off-topic), about those same scoundrels, have you noticed that Gitmo is the only prison on the entire island of Cuba whose existence and operations they find in any way objectionable?

  • Warrior

    “As a taxpaying American citizen, I recognize that the misnamed “Affordable” Care Act is the “train wreck” most Americans and many in Congress feared it would be. No level of lies and deceit by President Obama and his administration is going to change the grim reality that millions and millions of Americans will lose their desired health care plan under ObamaCare. They’ll also be forced to deal with increased premiums, higher deductibles and copays, and lesser care with physicians who are not their own. I’m sending you an “ObamaCare Cancellation Notice” to let you know that We the People reject the President’s hostile takeover of America’s health care system. Please know that I will NOT, under any circumstances, vote for or support any politician who does not work to immediately cancel ObamaCare and who fails to reject the lies that continue to follow in its destructive wake”

    – See more at: http://grassfire.com/2013/11/CancelObamacare/?Ref_ID=23835&CID=201065&RID=39941622#sthash.xeBCo4CM.dpuf

  • Motov

    Yeah,… Too expensive, too little coverage, worse medical care, no choices, and Obozo wonders why we hate it,….I guess you just cannot please everybody, especially with the illegal “bait & switch tactics”, and outrageous lies, and the damned thing was already “broken” before it was even launched.

    Scrap it, burn it, demolish it, shred it, scuttle it, annihilate it, eliminate it, euthanize it, blow it up, bomb it, crush it,……..get the picture yet?

    • rocketride

      Obama maybe wonders in a sort of hazy, theoretical way. He doesn’t seem
      to have the neurological equipment to really understand or care. In
      short, he’s a sociopath. That sort are not genuinely “sorry” about anything until they feel noose on neck or note their location ‘twixt pockmarked wall and rifle squad– then they get all weepy and start begging and stuff like that. And, even then, they’re really only sorry that they got caught and the game’s over.

    • Bill

      And do not participate

  • Bill

    If this is how they do with something as simple as a web site, imagine trying to get approved for brain surgery. It is probably all Bush’s fault

  • Vis Fac

    Why isn’t it that no one addresses the imposed TAX on implants such as shunts hips heart valves defibrillators pacemakers or insulin pumps? The only focus is on rates and coverage. Deductibles have soared up to 50K and more so no one actually saves a dime. In fact most people will AVOID seeing a doctor because they cannot afford to pay the out of pocket deductible. No one has mentioned those in need of transplants either The GOVERNMENT bureaucratic BS involved in trying to refer the proper surgical staff then all the logistics involved will make transplants a thing of the past and MORE people will die. THAT is the plan Not health care but PEOPLE control

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever

    To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

    You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est
    Semper-Fi