As I write this Chuck Todd is using his MSNBC show “The Daily Rundown” to spread the fabricated myth that 2.2 million Americans “enrolled” in ObamaCare. This isn’t true and if Todd doesn’t know it isn’t true he is not a tenth as smart as I think he is. Sadly, Todd’s willingness to spread government propaganda without qualification is not unique among a media that obviously don’t want to push for the release of accurate ObamaCare enrollment numbers.
You are not “enrolled” in ObamaCare or any insurance plan until you have paid your first month’s premium. Scattered reports from various insurance companies tell us that anywhere from 95% to 50% of those the White House are counting as enrolled have not paid and therefore are not really enrolled.
The numbers the White House and its mouthpiece media are using do not fall under the accepted or standard definition of “enrollee.” We are being told 2.2 million enrolled when the truth is that 2.2 million only went as far as to place a health plan in their shopping cart. How many of those 2.2 million are truly enrolled is a number the White House isn’t releasing and the media are not publicly pressuring them to release.
If the mainstream media wanted the true enrollment figure, they could easily do what they always do when they want something: coordinate a narrative throughout every media outlet that pressures the administration to release the numbers and criticizes them for not doing so.
Instead, senior White House correspondents like Chuck Todd are, without qualification, repeating the number as though it’s an accurate number.
But why would we expect the media to push for a truth that might hurt President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, and one the media championed and refused for three years to vet for fear it might derail the entire program?
This kind of sloppy reporting and parroting of Obama talking points has defined our media since the day Barack Obama became a national figure.
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