Republicans have the data. Only two-thirds of those Obamacare enrollees who bought insurance through the federal marketplace have paid their first premium.
The report, compiled by Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, discovered that 67 percent of enrollees paid their premiums by tax day.
The data came from 160 insurance companies involved in the Obamacare exchanges. According to the Wall Street Journal, it contradicts claims made by WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc., which declared an approximate 90 percent payment turnout. Kathleen Sebelius, liking the way that sounded, decided to agree with them.
But the GOP wasn’t convinced:
“Tired of receiving incomplete pictures of enrollment in the health-care law, we went right to the source and found that the administration’s recent declarations of success may be unfounded,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R., Mich.), the chairman of the committee. Rep. Henry Waxman of California, the top Democrat on the committee, called the report “inaccurate, irresponsible and out-of-date.”
Additionally, the report declared that of those who paid, only 25 percent were within the magic eighteen- to thirty-four-year-old age gap.
It still seems remarkable that the administration will not release official data regarding premiums paid. Their lack of transparency proves they are trying to hide something. If 90 percent really paid, they would be shouting that figure from the rooftops and emailing their documents to every inbox in America. They are very eager for their failed initiative to prove viable, so it’s very unlikely they haven’t been keeping track of payments. Instead, disappointed by reality, they choose to say nothing and hope to keep Republicans wondering.
If the government can record your phone calls and emails, it most certainly can figure out whether or not you paid your Obamacare premium.
Two-thirds of the 8.1 million the government claims enrolled is a meager 5.2 million—sharply under Obama’s target. Likewise, if only 25 percent of those are healthy individuals, the system could collapse on itself.
To conclude: Obamacare still doesn’t work.