…According to the Associated Press, at least 4.7 million Americans who shop for coverage on their own have had their plans canceled because they don’t conform to Obamacare’s regulations. So Obamacare has disrupted the coverage of millions of Americans, requiring many to purchase costlier policies with higher deductibles and narrower doctor networks, for a fairly modest expansion of coverage.
According to the administration, total sign-ups now exceed 4 million. But on a recent HHS conference call, Obamacare implementation point man Gary Cohen was asked the key question: how many of the people who have signed up for Obamacare were previously insured? His response: “That’s not a data point that we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way.”
So. The whole point of Obamacare was to expand coverage to the uninsured. But for the tens of thousands of regulations that the law has imposed on the country, its authors never bothered to try to measure the one thing that they were actually trying to achieve. That about sums it all up.
Who here really believes that the administration isn’t collecting that data in a systematic way? Anyone? Anyone? – Yeah, I’m not buying that, either. What they’re doing is collecting that data in a systematic, yet deniable, way. There’s somebody out there whose job is now putting those numbers together, only s/he is listed as doing something completely different on the org chart and nobody says anything about that. And if the uninsured signup percentage numbers suddenly skyrocket? Then hey presto! …Turns out the administration was collecting that data all along.
I don’t even mind that so much, per se. I just wish that the Obama administration would stop assuming that they’re the only bright people in the room. It’s not true and their strategy isn’t working anyway.