Note the choice of words, though – “selected” does not mean “enrolled“.
Selected simply means a plan was chosen on one of the exchanges. The insurance industry uses the term “enrolled” after a customer has paid their first premium.
The administration’s use of the word “selected” is smoke and mirrors.
Now that we’ve clarified that, how many people have paid their first Obamacare premium and are officially enrolled?
The Obama administration claims to be unable to provide that number because the government has not finished building the “back end” of the computer systems needed to pay insurers.
Insurance companies and industry experts have provided true enrollment numbers, though.
The New York Times reports:
One in five people who signed up for health insurance under the new health care law failed to pay their premiums on time and therefore did not receive coverage in January, insurance companies and industry experts say.
Remember, the administration wanted to enroll 3.3 million paying customers by the end of 2013. Their goal was to enroll 7 million paying customers by March 31.
As of today – February 14 – they are approximately 4.4 million enrollees short of that goal.
Only 25% of the paid enrollees so far are in the “young invincibles” category – far lower than the 40% goal the administration needs to make Obamacare work.
It looks like Obamacare is on track to fail as planned, setting the stage for the administration’s ultimate goal: the single payer system.
Lily Dane is a staff writer for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. Her goal is to help people to “Wake the Flock Up!”