Mee thet Washington Post’s David Lauter, professional goalpost mover:
Initial data suggested that many who signed up in December already had insurance. Many analysts had predicted that the initial group of people who enrolled in the law’s new coverage would be weighted toward consumers with significant medical problems, because those were the people with the greatest incentive to move quickly to get coverage. They would also have had reasons to try to have insurance already, although the new law will significantly increase availability of coverage and cut costs for them.
The question has been: What happens next? As the number of people enrolling under Obamacare goes up, would the percentage of Americans who lack insurance go down?
Two new sets of data indicate that is now happening:
Gallup, which surveyed about 28,000 Americans concerning their health insurance from Jan. 2 to Feb. 28, found that the percentage who say they lack any form of insurance has dropped significantly, from 18% of the U.S. adult population to 15.9%. That would translate to between 4 and 5 million fewer people without insurance.
The Administration’s original goal was to provide coverage for 47 million Uninsured-Americans. That goal was then reduced to 30 million. And then 23 million. The White House is hoping for seven million by the end of this month — just 19 days from now. We still don’t know how many of the newly “covered” are actually “covered” without the scare quotes, and how many simply shopped around.
Also left unexplained is “any form of insurance.” If that includes new Medicaid enrollees, they can’t be counted as insured. They’re on welfare, plain and simple, and add nothing to ♡bamaCare!!!’s fiscal solvency, while adding significantly to Washington’s deficits.
Again and again however we have another so-called analysis piece which looks at ♡bamaCare!!! without any larger context. Has coverage increased? Perhaps. But at what cost to employment, to compensation, to the deficit, to our growth, and last but certainly not least, at what cost to our got-dam medical care?
But I suppose That Means It’s Working™.