The administration is celebrating 1.1 million “enrollments” in ObamaCare through the federal website and they are grasping at straws to spin the news about the program.
“As we continue our open enrollment campaign, we experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage,” Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a blog post.
They were also ecstatic about the performance of the site.
Officials also boasted HealthCare.gov was able to support 83,000 concurrent visitors on December 23, the next-to-last day before the sign-up deadline.
And then, there are the problems that they’re not talking about.
- How many people have actually paid for the plan for which they’ve enrolled?
- How many people who have enrolled are in a state supported Medicaid plan?
- What is the age distribution of those who’ve enrolled?
Those are just the problems with the insurance signups. The problems of actually getting medical CARE will likely make the website problems look like the good old days.
- Up to 70% of California doctors are not going to accept patients from Covered California, the California version of ObamaCare. We haven’t seen figures from other states, but California is a bell weather for things like this.
- ObamaCare plans are written on a county-by-county basis, not statewide. That means people who’ve signed up for plans will likely lose access to their doctor or hospital and we’ve already seen that happening.
- ObamaCare plans have high deductibles and co-pays. There’s an open question about whether people actually understand that about the first $5,000 of their medical care will be out of pocket.
Here’s a good summary of the minefield the Obama administration will be walking through over the coming months.
And, since Democrats take so much joy from lying about how ObamaCare was modeled after RomneyCare in Massachusetts – aside from the fact that there is an “individual mandate” it’s not the same – here’s the results seen in Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts has the highest insurance cost in the nation;
- Half of primary care doctors and 55% of specialists are not taking new patients and wait time for an appointment is increasing.
It’s going to be a long 2014 for ObamaCare and we think we’ve barely seen the tip of the iceberg.
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