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November 12, 2013 - 6:53 am

News broke on Monday that maybe 50,000, tops, have enrolled in Obamacare. News broke later that that number may not be the number that the White House releases at the end of this week. The Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff quotes an administration official who says that “enroll” will get a broad definition in the official numbers.

Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they’ve submited a payment. That is when the carrier sends out a member card and begins paying doctor bills.

When the Obama administration releases health law enrollment figures later this week, though, it will use a more expansive definition. It will count people who have purchased a plan as well as  those who have a plan sitting in their online shopping cart but have not yet paid.

“In the data that will be released this week, ‘enrollment’ will measure people who have filled out an application and selected a qualified health plan in the marketplace,” said an administration official, who requested anonymity to frankly describe the methodology.

The disparity in the numbers is likely to further inflame the political fight over the Affordable Care Act. Each side could choose a number to make the case that the health law is making progress or failing miserably.

That “each side” formulation isn’t reporting, it’s building a false equivalence. On the one hand, we have a White House that has refused to report hard numbers since Obamacare’s launch. Media have taken it upon themselves to try to read tea leaves or kill a chicken and read its entrails to divine the numbers that the White House is hiding.

Kliff has just reported that the White House fully intends to spin the number to its advantage by maximizing the definition of “enroll” beyond the definition that the health insurance industry uses. Full stop. Story told. No need to blame other reporters who are just trying to obtain the same numbers that Kliff was trying to get when she rung up an administration official and granted them anonymity to say whatever they want.

Even Chuck Todd is saying that the White House won’t be able to spin how bad things are for Obamacare.

Related: 

Obamacare Bureaucracy’s Definition of ‘Enroll’ Not the Same as the White House’s Definition of ‘Enroll’

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Why don't they just announce 7 million enrollees and declare success?
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my co-worker's sister makes $83 an hour on the computer. She has been fired for 6 months but last month her payment was $16543 just working on the computer for a few hours. look at here.......... http://www.Bay95.com
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Take a very good look at these Democrat Senators below. These are the same Senators that voted "Yes" for Obamacare while ramming it down our throats behind closed doors. They all voted "Yes", knowing that Americans would lose their individual policies from the start and now they want to change the very law they voted for "because it is a failure" and making them look very bad and manipulative.

Add Congressman Gary Peters to the list who should not get elected because he supported Obamacare 100% and knew this would happen.

The "Dirty Dozen" that will be replaced in 2014! No Reprieve for the Obamacare Dozen

Any one of these senators could have prevented this mess if they would have just voted "no" on Obamacare from the get-go.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/11/12/no_reprieve_for_the_obamacare_dozen
44 weeks ago
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Never let a crisis go to waste is the communist way. Perversely, look for Obama to try to advance his agenda in the wake of the Obamacare wreckage.
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Hey, there is one good piece of news for obama today.

According to Zero Hedge, 34 times more people went through NCIS Background checks to buy guns than signed up for obamacare in october.

That was 1.4 million new guns versus 49,000 for o'care.

who says obama aint doin a great job? and that Americans dont have their priorities straight!
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The worst part is, various Democrats will embrace this number, knowing it to be false, and they will parrot it upon demand. They will take up whatever talking point issued, probably some bogus statistic to show how it is just not that bad, after all. They have to offer something to diminish the enormity of this epic failure.
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Heck, they showed a photo of a young man, jumping and celebrating enrolling in Obamacare the first day. He hadn't enrolled, he'd just created an account. Be prepared for them to go back to that definition - if you created an account, you've enrolled. Except when you get hit with the penalty. I mean, tax.
44 weeks ago
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My friend's sister's uncle signed up for Obamacare on Google and was spied on 8700 times this month. I can't believe how easy it was for people for fall for yet another internet scam, this one called Obamacare. sarc/off

Of course it will be a lie...what would a good scam be without a lie, spammers and more lies?
44 weeks ago
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Reminds me of the newly-invented term "jobs created or saved", which turned out to be a synonym for "a totally random number I just made up which I think will make the Administration look good".
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Yep, check the employment numbers for September and October 2012. Unprecedented "addition" of 1.5 million jobs, most of which evaporated in November and December. Sure helped the President win re-election, didn't it?
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My bet is that every Obama brown shirt, SEIU member and ACORN (in quotes) member is signing up, using personal data provided by IRS sources. They just have to put all the plans they sign up for in a cart and if ever asked (who would ask? media types, government inspectors? NAH!) they can claim they were shopping, not buying.
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Why should we believe any number they put out? Everything about this Administration is a lie, from Fast & Furious, to the IRS, to the EPA, to Obamacare, to telling Israel one thing and doing another, it's just lies, lies, and more lies. And the venal press keeps supporting this mendacious Administration. How sad.
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