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January 13, 2014

The truth about the Obama administration's trumpeting that 6 million people have health coverage thanks to Obamacare'

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Bottom line, as is the case with pretty much everything that comes out of the Obama administration ... it's not only misleading ... it's such a stretch of the truth (so "squishy") that it's more lie than any semblance of fact.

Tami Luhby writes at CNN Money:

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a blog post Monday that "More than 6 million Americans have now either signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Marketplace or for Medicaid coverage."

But the numbers are somewhat misleading. Here are the figures:
-- 2.1 million Americans signed up for private health insurance through the federal and state exchanges through the end of December.

-- 3.9 million people learned they're eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in October and November.

The squishiness lies in the Medicaid number. The 3.9 million figure includes people who were already on Medicaid and are just renewing, as Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services noted in a blog post late last month. So not all of these folks have coverage due to Obamacare.

More here ...

As the piece goes on to point out, Lisa Dubay, senior fellow at The Urban Institute's Health Policy Center has gone so far as to call the 6 million number not only "mushy" ... but that "Everyone's saying the numbers are not quite right" ... and that they're so "not quite right" that "nobody knows how not quite right they are."

And while we're on the topic of the "mushiness" of Obamacare numbers and claims being put out by the administration, it they're even close to what the administration claims they are, why is it that the insurance companies went absolutely bonkers when Republicans started talking about erasing the bailout provisions of the "Affordable" Care Act. The industry wouldn't be so worried about losing these provisions if Obamacare numbers were factual and they were looking at a nice, healthy mix of Young Invincibles in their enrollment reports.

Posted by Richard at January 13, 2014 7:30 PM



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