That victory lap might have been a bit premature.
As the whole world knows by now, the White House claimed yesterday that 7.1 million people signed up for ObamaCare. What the White House did not tell anyone was how many of those 7.1 million people a) never had insurance before and b) paid their premiums.
We have noted repeatedly, in this space, that the Obama administration seems awfully reluctant to inform the American people about how many ObamaCare enrollees are actually paying for their insurance. We have heard as many as 80%, but that’s not a definitive number.
The administration also doesn’t want to tell us how many of the (supposed) 7.1 million ObamaCare enrollees were previously uninsured. If they already had plans that were cancelled because of the health care law and were essentially forced into ObamaCare plans, then that’s not really giving people something they didn’t already have, is it?
An even more interesting question is this one: How many of the previously uninsured who signed up for ObamaCare have paid their premiums?
Well, not many, according to one study.
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America’s health care system ‘a lot better’ in a Rose Garden press conference.
But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality.
Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.
This story isn’t over. The actual data will trickle out, the objections of the Obama administration notwithstanding. Eventually we will know the answers to these questions that we’re asking.
Our suspicion is that the answers won’t make ObamaCare look like a viable health care law.