March 13th, 2014

How many bona fide Obamacare signups?

We still don’t really know how many people who “signed up” for Obamacare have actually paid premiums.

And Sebelius isn’t telling:

“They have a lot more information than they’re letting on,” one [health insurance] industry source said of the Obama administration. “They have real hard data about the percent that have paid … If they have not processed those yet and compiled the data, that is a choice they are making. But they have that data now.”…

“If the administration won’t provide transparency, we will work with every insurance provider to get the real picture the White House seemingly wants to hide from the public,” said Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) in a statement.

Federal officials say they count sign-ups — people who select plans on HealthCare.gov or in state exchanges — because they can’t yet rely on the insurers’ figures. They say the industry reports are not comprehensive, and they change month to month…

“I can’t tell you because I don’t know that,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday when Republicans asked about the number of paying Obamacare customers during hearings on Capitol Hill. “We don’t collect it.” She reiterated her contention Thursday, telling lawmakers that she’d provide the information as soon as it’s available.

So, just release the figures and explain they’re unreliable but they’re the best we have right now.

Yes, I know—they’re not going to do that. They don’t want to do that, most likely because the figures are less than optimal. And they probably don’t have to do it; what are the consequences?

Actually, I’m rather surprised they haven’t just released false figures. Who would object? The insurance companies? I imagine that even they only know what each one of them have reported, not the whole picture. So who would question the administration? And why would it matter even if the public finds out the administration has lied about it? They’ve lied through their teeth about everything related to Obamacare, and a host of other things as well.

Most. Transparent. White House. Ever.

6 Responses to “How many bona fide Obamacare signups?”

  1. Richard Saunders Says:

    It really doesn’t matter whether they get 4, 6, or 7 million signups. The simple and obvious question that Congress and every reporter should be asking (not that they will) is, “Where are the 47 million uninsured that this plan is supposed to cover? Why haven’t they signed up?”

  2. expat Says:

    Most incompetent government ever. They want to change the world, but most don’t even know that it’s round and revolves around the sun.

  3. Don Carlos Says:

    The GOP really needs to read Alinsky and learn with a capital L.
    “to get the real picture the White House seemingly wants to hide from the public,” said Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) in a statement.”
    Seemingly?
    Alinsky never used soft, courteous modifiers. Why do Mr Upton and his ilk? Why don’t they just use “Liar”, “Incompetents”, “Truth Dodgers”, “Data Counterfitters”, etc., etc.? Go for the jugular, Fred, and stop pussyfooting around with your “seeminglies”. Even the MSM would start lapping that up. They’d have to.

  4. Ymarsakar Says:

    Expat, that’s because obviously the sun revolves around Gaia and Gaia revolves around their god Obama.

  5. John Scotus Says:

    Most transparently false administration ever.

  6. Lizzy Says:

    Even if Sebelius had provided a number I wouldn’t believe it.

    This administration has lied so obviously, and so frequently, we’ve been trained to doubt whatever they say. Which is great for them, since our low expectations make it whole lot easier to pull this crap.

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