Looks like the answer is “no.”
Some people have been counted more than once. Others have merely placed a plan in their shopping carts. Others think they’ve enrolled but probably have not. And we have no idea what percentage of the actual enrollees are high-risk patients or older patients rather than the young, healthy enrollees needed to make the plan viable.
Perhaps the government knows and just isn’t telling. Perhaps. But my guess is they don’t know either. They have announced the grand total to be 365,000, but it probably has about as much validity as the old Five-Year Plan reports of the Soviets.
January first isn’t too far away, and what will happen to all the uninsured, including the ones who think they’re insured but aren’t? Obama has asked insurance companies to be gentle with them and give them an extra-special grace period.
I’ve never believed government to be especially efficient at this sort of thing. There’s a saying about it, after all: “good enough for government work.” But this is ludicrous, although that’s probably not the right word because “ludicrous” implies an element of humor, and I can’t find much in this.
The term “Affordable Care Act,” which at one point seemed merely a drier term than the vernacular “Obamacare,” now seems positively Orwellian. “Affordable”? “Care”? Same for “Obamacare”; Obama only appeared to care. Years ago I created the category “health care reform” for all posts having to do with the ACA, Obamacare, whatever you want to call it. Now that category, too, seems Orwellian. Maybe it should read “health care deform” instead.