COMMENTARY | Remember when President Obama thumped his chest and spiked the football, claiming that eight million people have signed up for Obamacare, thus claiming victory for the health care law? It seems that only two thirds have actually paid for it.
That is the conclusion of the House Energy and Commerce Committee when measuring those who enrolled on the federal exchanges. If the percentage is about the same for those states that run their own exchanges the actual numbers of those who are really enrolled in the new health care system is about 5.36 million people, considerably less than the eight million the White House claimed. Of course the rates could be higher on the state exchanges – or lower. The White House isn’t saying.
Mind the administration, if it is seeing a short fall, will likely extend the grace period to make sure that more people sign up for the current year and thus get their numbers up. The point of course is that once again the president was being less than honest to the American people about the success – or lack thereof – of Obamacare.
The lack of transparency that the administration is adhering to on the actual numbers for the health care exchanges is telling. Congress had to go to the insurers to get the numbers of the people who have actually paid their first premiums. The White House is disputing the figures but will not release their own.
“That’s for me to know and for you to find out” is not an acceptable answer when Congress is trying to perform its oversight function. Hiding short comings in Obamacare is only going to confirm in most people’s minds that the program is still not working as advertised. The administration is not going to like it when the Republicans take over the Senate and start getting as aggressive, if not more so, as the House in trying to find out the truth. It should start being more forthcoming now and let the chips fall where they may,