The 7.1 million sign-ups is a phony number and the point to note is that an administration that could not deliver accurate numbers as Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary stated many times can now deliver an accurate top line number but cannot give the basis for that number by identifying the types of sign-ups for Obamacare.
Let’s apply common sense … To get to the 7.1 million you have to count how many people signed up and therefore you would know based on the information they’ve provided what the breakdown demographically – age, gender, number of people in each plan, number of people who have paid versus just enrolled. This data is generated by the same principle that any well-built website can export data by category. This function would normally be programmed into the websites at the federal and state level. This data has to exist or you cannot provide a pricing structure to the Obamacare enrollee.
Another number that matters is the total value of subsidies given to those who signed up. The individual who signed up may have gotten a savings but is getting that at the expense of the taxpayer. For those Americans who want Obamacare are you the ones getting it? Of the stated 48 million uninsured how many of you have signed up as part of the 7.1 million that Obama claims?
Another question is how many of the 7.1 million sign-ups are Americans that have lost their insurance plans. Add the elephant in the room of who signs up for Obamacare. It needs to be the young invincibles who will pay for the expenses of the older and sickly. Why won’t the administration release this number?
What Democrats are banking on is short-term memory of Americans the further this issue gets down the road and other issues will come up during this 2014 election cycle. Obamacare is a net net loss for the American economy when you approach it from the point of pure economics … subsidies have to be paid for, costs have gone up for more than savings thus far, effects on hiring and advancement within various sized companies, decisions by companies to not increase employees which affects overall productivity in the nation.
I say enforce Obamacare fully and let the American people feel real pain, revolt at the ballot box in November and rip this legislative monstrosity out via the Democrats in Congress.
To my GOP friends, get the government out of healthcare except where absolutely necessary with for instance laws on portability, health savings accounts and few legislative items that support a better free market structure. No comprehensive approach. Solve parts of the problem to achieve a bigger overall solution.