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Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

April 8th, 2014 - 6:19 am

Gallup interviewed over 43,000 American adults and found one who had purchased a Heathcare.gov plan. OK, it’s not that bad, but still:

he numbers, released a week after the close of the health law’s first enrollment season, also suggest a far more modest impact on coverage than statistics cited by the Obama administration.

The administration says 7.1 million have signed up for subsidized private plans through new insurance markets, while 3 million previously uninsured people gained coverage through the law’s Medicaid expansion.

Why the huge difference? For starters, the administration’s numbers include people who switched or were dropped from their previous coverage, as well as people who have not paid their first month’s premium, and who would therefore still be uninsured.

The administration is also counting sign-ups dating back to October, though enrollment in the first few months was relatively low.

According to Gallup, the number of uninsured has fallen by a greater amount since the start of open enrollment on Oct. 1. Gallup shows the percentage spiked to 18 percent at the end of the third quarter. But the spike could be attributed in part to people being kicked off their prior coverage, due to changes in the health care law.

It’s a goat rodeo — with human lives at stake.

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That Gallup poll actually did record a decrease in the number of uninsured people. I think we can probably chalk that up to the aggressive signup of people to the expanded Medicaid, and the provision allowing 26-year-olds to be on their parents' insurance.

The 26-year-old "children" don't help the exchanges, because most of them are probably on parents' employer-provided plans instead of being overcharged for Obamacare plans. Medicaid hurts the exchanges because of cost-shifting from Medicare patients to insured patients.

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Here's a question: If the Prof. counts people as enrolled when they put a plan in their shopping basket, do they get counted again if they actually buy it?
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