Obamacare Enrollments?

During the recent congressional hearings on the healthcare.gov roll-out Republicans grilled HHS on a number of things, but one thing they kept asking was how many people had enrolled.  HHS kept saying the numbers would be available in mid-November.  Incredulous, Republicans asked why the numbers weren’t available now. To understand what’s behind this kerfuffle, it’s important to understand what the enrollment numbers mean.

First it’s important to understand that the number of the majority of self-insured individuals and families is ephemeral  They may be unemployed or employed by a company that doesn’t provide health insurance.  The rest are self-employed, early retirees, etc.

For most who shop for big ticket items, and health insurance is a big ticket item, a little comparison shopping is in order before you buy.  So it’s not surprising that October numbers are meaningless.  And then there’s those of us who tend to procrastinate.  The deadline for those who want coverage to start on the first of January December 15th.  The deadline for the uninsured is March 15th.  Enrollment numbers at those dates are meaningful.  The rest are meaningless.  So from this, we can only assume that the kerfuffle is purely political.  If low early enrollment numbers are reported, then it’s something the ACA opponents will use, even though it’s meaningless.  The Administration undoubtedly has figured this out, hence their refusal to release early enrollment numbers.




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17 responses to “Obamacare Enrollments?

  1. On a very personal note, as of this morning I have lost 15 pounds!

  2. The numbers so fa released also don’t reflect what has happened on the state level.

  3. Brian: Congratulations! Please share what you did: mostly diet, or a lot of exercise too? That’s wonderful.

    RE Healthcare.gov: I’ve not visited the site yet, but fully intend to sign up for Obamacare. I purposely stayed off the first weeks, because I expected a lot of traffic there; also expected the process would improve with time and tweaks.

    Todd Purdum (Mr. DeeDee Myers) has a piece in Politico (! of all places!) today laying out how much formal sabotage Obamacare has faced from Republicans. It will make you mad.


    I had no idea the opposition was so coordinated, and so thorough. Have only glimpsed bits through the “Oh no — Obama is failing again” crap we get from “professional” media.

    News like this has to get out, once the MSM concern whores get over their disaster porn coverage of the website rollout.

  4. Going to the gym and changing my diet is even better for me!

  5. tempebev

    What a surprise – another shooting with an assault rifle. This time at LAX. Too bad there weren’t any Congressmen in line to see how nice it is that every Tom Dick and Harry can have their own assault rifle. This country is really out to lunch in so many ways.

    • dnd

      Mitt Romney on MTP this morning. With that smarmy smile he repeated all the Republican talking points about Obamacare. Channeling his inner Ted Cruz he went on and on and on telling lies and blaming everything on the President. Talk about your sore loser. And what a loser. The American people and people of the world should be grateful he wasn’t elected.

  6. tempebev

    Thanks for the recap of MTP – I missed it – not!

    Since he is re-emerging from his loss in November, and Sarah has never gone away, they seem to be the newest of the “losers club” Karl Rove and Dick Cheney are the original members of the club that keep bringing up their old talking points and keep their faces in the media.

    Go Hillary!

  7. tempebev

    same sex marriage is moving west just like the pioneers.

  8. Gives a whole new meaning to saddle sores!

  9. Virginia yesterday was too damn close (save for Lt. Governor). Keeping an ear out for Wednesday morning quarterbacking.

    Fingers crossed Mark Herring makes it across the line as Attorney General. Knew that would be a tight race, but not like this!

    • dnd

      Chris “yeah I’m in your face. wadda ya goin’ to do about it?” Christie almost pulls a full Ginsberg on the Sunday shows. Guess he’s afraid of CNN’s Candy Crowley.

  10. I liked the idea of the filibuster as a minority check on majority power, but the Republicans abused it.

    As they did impeachment, boy interns, and our patience.

    So it has to go.

    Watched ABC. Naturally they included footage of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and naturally Jonathan Karl could not be bothered to report that President Obama has faced 30 filibusters of his nominees in five years, vs. 20 filibusters in the previous 60 years.

    Higher math. Our media and our Republicans are not good at it.

  11. Did any of you see “12 Years a Slave” yet?


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