ObamaCare Saga : Adminstration claims 6 million sign ups

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Democrats keep defending healthcare.gov despite its dismal turnout. In its latest claim, the White House says that there has been a surge of Obamacare sign ups that exceeds six million, despite technical problems that prevented many people from picking a suitable plan.

The Obama Administration claimed in a conference call yesterday that there were more than 1.5 million visits to the Web site and more than 430,000 calls to federal call centers Wednesday. During the conference call, which included thousands of Web navigators that help sign up people for ObamaCare, the administration urged that they redouble their efforts over the next few days. The White House has also conducted mass e-mail campaigns to encourage people to sign up.

There is no way to get actual enrollment numbers, since the administration by its own admission, is unable to determine how many of those enrolled have actually paid their premiums. The administration, in an effort to increase enrollment has also implemented another delay by installing a button on the site, where people can decide to pay later, which avoids paying a fine. Americans can also get a hardship exemption, without substantiation. According to FOX about 10 or 20 percent have not paid.

The whole idea of the the Affordable Care Act was to provide health insurance to 40 million uninsured Americans. The administration figures do not provide numbers of those previously uninsured or how many of those previously insured have lost health care coverage due to the law.

While national numbers may be useful, they don’t tell the whole story of ObamaCare. Under current laws every state controls its own insurance market. In order for those markets to be sustainable a healthy mix of young and old and healthy and sick. That balance appears to be missing. The Affordable Care Act provides a clause that reimburses insurance companies in case of loss.

“The national number only gets us so far,” said Caroline Pearson, who is tracking the rollout for the market analysis firm Avalere Health. “The fair measure of success is whether you have set up a market that is sustainable into the future. So you can then go out and find the rest of the uninsured people and bring them in over the next couple of years.”

Source: FOX News

Opinion

ObamaCare was flawed from the outset. It was pushed through Congress with a vote by Democrats only, filled with backroom deals. The Administration and the Democratic Congress subordinated itself to the insurance lobby, by outsourcing a federal program to insurance companies.

The Health Care industry is one sixth of the U.S economy and the law excludes many of the best hospitals and specialists. In the end the law has not and will not achieve its aim of insuring the 40 million uninsured. Add to that the program is administered by the federal government, which was unable to create a website in over three years since implementing the law.

Nancy Pelosi famously said that “We have to pass the law to find out what’s in it.” In other words the law was written by staffers and insurance companies, it is too large and not one lawmaker read it before passing it. The result was predictable.

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Karl Gotthardt - Politisite Managing Editor Maj. Gotthardt is a Retired Military Officer with 35 years service in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent most of his time in the Military in Infantry Battalions. Karl took part in training for Afghanistan as an Operator Analyst with the Canadian Maneouvre Training Centre. Karl is a qualified military parachutist and military free fall parachutist. He earned his U.S. Master Jump Wings in Fort Benning, Georgia. Karl enjoys working with horses for the last 24 year. He owns six. He has experience in breeding, training and of course riding.Karl was born in Germany and is fluent in both English and German and he speaks enough French to "get in trouble". Karl has written or writes at NowPublic, All Voices, Tek Journalism and many others.

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  1. This whole thing is a load of crap. It was signed behind closed doors, implemented sneakily and consequently shows that lies cause destruction. Good article Karl.

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