The PJ Tatler

Obamacare Architect: Enrollment Numbers Are Meaningless Until We Start Punishing You

Obamacare architect Jon Gruber is back. He continues to admit things that are against the Obama administration’s interests.

TAPPER: “At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and behind the Massachusetts health care plan, RomneyCare as you may know. So Mr. Gruber, Professor Gruber, these numbers are rather disappointing, I would think. Do you think that the administration is going to be able to get the website up and running enough to make the 7 million enrollee projection needed by the spring?”
GRUBER: “You know, I don’t agree with the characterization it’s disappointing. I think they’re basically meaningless. Look, when we open our system in Massachusetts the first month the people could pay premiums and enroll, 123 people enrolled. By the end of the year, it was 36,000. That meant we got .3 percent of the people the first month. By that standard the federal government did great, 1.3 percent of the people the first month. It’s too early to say anything useful. The real deadline we have to focus on is march of next year. That’s when the individual mandate kicks in. That’s when people need to be signed up and what we saw in Massachusetts was a large rush before the mandate kicked in.”

In other words, people will rush to sign up once they realize that they’re stuck between Brosurance/Hosurance/Nosurance and the IRS.