November 13, 2013
HHS Says 106,185 'Enrolled' for Obamacare in October - Only 26,000 Actually PaidTopics: Political News and commentaries
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just announced the official Obamacare enrollment number moments ago. The Obama administration says it anticipated that nearly 500,000 would have enrolled during Obamacare's first month. But the administration is over-counting.
However, according to Fox, the number announced is likely inflated, thanks to the way the administration is overcounting.
[...] The administration had originally hoped to sign up a half-million people in the first month of open enrollment. Now more than six weeks into the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov and other state-based exchanges, HHS announced Wednesday that 106,185 people had selected a plan as of Nov. 2. And just 27,000 did so via the federal exchanges.Keep in mind that as the administration claims 106,185 have signed up to obtain health care through Obamacare, over 5 million have seen their healthcare policies cancelled to comply with Obamacare's mandates.
The announcement had been highly anticipated, as lawmakers have been pressing the administration for weeks on official figures.
"The marketplace is working, and people are enrolling," Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed in announcing the figures, adding that the numbers should grow "substantially" in the coming months.
But even the statistic revealed on Wednesday might be inflated.
The administration said the figure counts all those who have selected a health care plan from state and federal exchanges, even if they haven't yet paid a premium on those plans.
One source explained to Fox News that no one is really "enrolled" until the insurance company knows about it.
Per HHS only 26,000 of the 106,000 have actually paid for their Obamacare.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 13, 2013
HHS carefully using term "individuals who have selected marketplace plan" instead of "enrollments"— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) November 13, 2013
These "enrollment" #s released by HHS means people who've put a plan in their website shopping cart, not people who've actually bought one.— Brit Hume (@brithume) November 13, 2013
RT @philipaklein: Sebelius refuses to say how many people who selected plans actually paid.— Byron York (@ByronYork) November 13, 2013
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