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5/1/2014

Only 2/3 of ObamaCare Enrollees Have Paid First Premium

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:22 am

Allahpundit reports:

Uh oh: House committee claims only two-thirds of federal ObamaCare enrollees paid first premium by April 15

And you know what that means: No money, no coverage, which means the widely touted figure of eight million enrollments that Barack “Mission Accomplished” Obama’s been pushing lately is flatly bogus. Anyone who hasn’t paid by the end of the grace period offered by their insurer — and some of those grace periods were undoubtedly extended beyond April 15th, the cut-off date for this analysis — will be tossed from the rolls.

The figure that’s been cited for months on payment rates is 80 percent. The Energy and Commerce Committee claims it’s actually significantly lower, at least when it comes to enrollees on the federal exchange, i.e. Healthcare.gov. As you read, focus on the following question. Why couldn’t HHS have calculated this?

Paying the first premium isn’t the only issue, of course. There is the second. And the third. And the 123rd.

Stupid Republicans, acting like it matters whether people actually pay for and maintain the insurance they have signed up for!

18 Responses to “Only 2/3 of ObamaCare Enrollees Have Paid First Premium”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. Even diehard Liberals see no prospect of fixing this suicide attempt.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  3. It would also be interesting to know how many of those 67% who paid lost their previous insurance due to obamacare. People who protected them selves before are also more likely to protect them selves now.

    It would also be interesting to know how many people who previously had insurance don’t have it now–which could mean they are either unsatisfied with the new coverages or think the new premiums are too high.

    I previously predicted that more people would be uninsured after obamacare than before obamacare. I don’t think that prediction is in jeopardy.

    Jim (72cbc5)

  4. So the average of $2500 that these 2.5 million captives have paid in increased premiums is all that has kept our economy in the black 1st quarter?

    We are well and thoroughly hosed.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  5. It’s tough for the White House to dispute the point because all along they’ve been claiming they don’t have the information. I signed up on March 31 and all through April, Healthcare.gov was sending me emails asking me if I had paid my premiums and reminding me if I had not, that I needed to do so. They had no clue whether I actually had.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  6. I have read that this 67% number is based on incomplete information – about half of reported groups.

    Whether or not that’s true, expect it to be further revised.

    luagha (5cbe06)

  7. A better question is how many are overdue, and how many will have a months’s premium aid by the federal government, and two months coverage provided free by insurance companies (I think tit works that way) and eventually, how many will have their policies cancelled.

    Sammy Finkelman (0f2215)

  8. Hmmmm. Hair weave and nails or health care premium? Sorry, I’ll pay the premium next month ’cause you know it’s better to look good than to feel good!

    Funeral Guy (be5cfb)

  9. At what point, when it turns out that paid enrollments aren’t meeting expectations, does the Administration decide to waive (in this case they would use the word “extend”) the limitation on enrollment periods and allow people to enroll pretty much whenever they wanted to? And when that happens, why would any young healthy person bother to enroll until they knew they needed healthcare services?

    JVW (9946b6)

  10. How can they claim that ObamaCare is working when the back end of the system isnt even complete?

    JD (a6eb12)

  11. I didn’t find it but the Hill today was said to claim that 404Care would save business hundreds of billions in filthy lucre.

    Pre-tax, natch.

    Guess who pays.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  12. Dudes, it’s Obamacare. It’s totally working.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  13. Ag80 – It saved the economy in the first quarter!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  14. The MFM is hopefully asking Amerikka, couldn’t her Affirmative Action Mascot regain her love and affection so that approval of “less than 50%” might actually surmount 40% by November?

    Pretty please?

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  15. How soon until the gubmint kicks in and pays for the premiums?

    Patricia (be0117)

  16. Two news stories today:

    Health Plan Sign-Ups Skew Older / Fewer Young People Than Hoped Buy Insurance Through Exchanges, Fanning Fears of Rising Premiums

    Main Wall Street Journal front page article, Friday, May 2, 2014 = five column lead.

    Also:

    Patients Fear Mt. Sinai Will Drop Low-Cost Insurance Plans

    (Friday, May 2, 2014 New York Times, page A22)

    He learned the medical practice he was going to was planning to drop his plan – after the enrollment period was over.

    Mr. Shuster, a rabbi, lawyer and small claims court arbitrator, said he was so outraged he went to Mount Sinai administrators seeking an explanation. He said Dr. Arthur Klein, president of the Mount Sinai Health Network, told him that dropping his plan was part of an effort to force the insurance companies to negotiate higher reimbursement rates.

    “ ‘Rabbi Shuster, you have to understand we have a right to ensure that our employees at Mount Sinai get a decent wage,’ ” Mr. Shuster recalled Dr. Klein saying to him. “Then he told me, ‘We weren’t in favor of Obamacare to begin with.’

    Dr. Klein did not return a call for comment.

    Mr. Shuster said Dr. Lerner told him that he would continue treating him at no charge, but Mr. Shuster said he does not like the idea of accepting charity when he has insurance. “He’s been a real mensch,” Mr. Shuster said. “But I don’t see it from the hospital’s point of view. It’s a multibillion-dollar business. I think Mount Sinai has a moral obligation not to drop any plans until the next enrollment period.” ”

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

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