According to a recent article at WashingtonPost.com, just 10% of enrollees for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act did not have such insurance prior to the implementation of the law, also known as ObamaCare. This is striking news when one considers the fundamental justification for the enactment of a law that affects 1/6th of the national economy – to provide affordable health insurance to some 30 million people without it.
Could this mean that fully 90% of enrollees actually did have health insurance prior to October 2013, and have been forced to enroll now because their previous plans were cancelled – due to the specific coverage provisions of ObamaCare?
Just 10% of health care enrollees were uninsured previously
Citing a February survey of enrollees taken by McKinsey & Company, the article notes that enrollment by the previously uninsured rose by 27% last month, up from just 11% in January. However, the survey also points out that while enrollment has increased among the previously uninsured, a mere 53% of these new enrollees have actually paid for their new health insurance policy, compared to 83% among those who did have insurance previously.
“The survey also attempted to measure what has been another fuzzy matter: how many actually have the insurance for which they signed up. Under federal rules, coverage begins only if someone has started to pay their monthly insurance premiums. Just over half of [formerly] uninsured people said they had started to pay, compared with nearly nine in 10 of those signing up on the exchanges who said they were simply switching from one health plan to another,” the article said.
In an effort to avoid looking partisan, I’ve tried to find information offered from sites that are not perceived to have “an ax to grind” or that seem to report only from one perspective. Unfortunately, when it comes to accurate data on ObamaCare, this has proven to be quite difficult, particularly as it relates to “main stream media” sources. With that said…
Up to 1 million health care enrollees may not actually be enrolled
The ACA defines enrollment as those who have paid their first months’ premium. This is the law, not merely a regulation. Yet, according to Ed Henry at FoxNews.com, despite claims by the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) of 3.3 million enrollees in the new health care exchanges, industry sources estimate that 10% – 25% percent of the sing-ups have actually not made this defining payment; with some estimates as high as 30% who have yet to make their initial payment. These estimates could mean that more than 1 million so-called “enrollees” are not actually enrolled.
Is this the reason that HHS and the rest of the administration continue to claim that data on who has paid is not available, despite the fact that this data is necessary to make the payment of federal health insurance subsidies possible?
The one fact we can be sure of when it comes to ObamaCare is this; whatever the real numbers are, this administration will massage, alter, and obfuscate them to present the most positive outlook possible. In other words, they will continue to lie to us.