ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Democrat's claim that ObamaCare signed up 10 million rates 4 Pinocchios
Wow, shocker. Normally, I don't pay much attention to WaPo fact-checking -- I mean, why would I? -- but Glenn Kessler has a nice compendium of material I know to be true, so herewith on Dick Durbin's claim on Sunday's MTP:
DURBIN: Bob, let’s look at the bottom line. The bottom line is this: 10 million Americans have health insurance today who would not have had it without the Affordable Care Act. Ten million.
Interesting if true. Except so very, very not true.
Durbin appears to be combining two figures released by the administration: more 3 million signing up for insurance through the federal HealthCare.gov and state exchanges and 6.3 million deemed eligible for Medicaid. Both figures are generally October through December, and so obviously have increased since then.
But there are two big problems with both numbers:
a) The troubled federal exchange counts people as enrolled if an individual has selected a plan, but it does not know if a person enrolled and paid a premium because that part of the system has yet to be built.
b) The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid eligibility, but no one really knows how many of the 6.3 million are in this expansion pool — or whether they are simply renewing or would have qualified for Medicaid before the new law. Indeed, the number also includes people joining Medicaid in states that chose not accept the expansion. ....
The Wall Street Journal in January detailed some of the surveys that have taken of people who obtained insurance through the exchanges, and the results so far indicate that the vast majority of enrollees were previously insured.
Only 11 percent of consumers who bought new coverage under the law were previously uninsured, according to a McKinsey & Co. survey
HealthMarkets Inc., an insurance agency that enrolled around 7,500 people in exchange plans, said 65 percent of its enrollees had prior coverage.
At Michigan-based Priority Health, only 25 percent of more than 1,000 enrollees surveyed in plans that comply with the law were previously uninsured.
I think it would be swell if Democrats stopped lying about ObamaCare, and especially about very basic facts like enrollment numbers. Na ga happen.