I know, I know: none of us were expecting the early enrollee numbers for Obamacare to be too impressive. Truth be told, we figured they’d be outright pathetic, …and somehow, we STILL overestimated them.
In addition to everything Guy mentioned, there’s one more item which I’ve stated before, but it absolutely bears repeating here…
A huge percentage of the piddling few folks who HAVE managed to successfully “enroll” into Obamacare have actually been added to the Medicaid rolls. This is central to my rationale for predicting the inevitable failure of this law, at least in its present form: the numbers simply don’t work.
Again courtesy of Guy Benson:
“…Medicaid was already in very poor fiscal and functional condition before Obamacare extended it massively. It’s terribly underfunded; many doctors and hospitals refuse to accept new Medicaid patients due to the government’s paltry reimbursement rates.
Perhaps worst of all, Medicaid is catastrophically ineffective. Just because indigent individuals are enrolled in Medicaid coverage doesn’t mean they actually receive quality care. According to the most comprehensive study ever done on the program (which used Oregon’s system as the basis for analysis) poor people enrolled in Medicaid have no better health outcomes than their uninsured counterparts.
We’re not just spending endless billions on a program that flat-out doesn’t work, …we’re expanding it through Obamacare…”
If this doesn’t turn around, and pronto, this may well implode even sooner than I assumed originally.
That doesn’t mean things will return to normal, since I’m guessing we’ll need to see this imbecilic legislation completely unravel before enough Democrats are willing to wave the white flag.
But the Left has agitated for Big Government to do Big Things ever since the days of FDR. If the biggest “Big Thing” ever falls spectacularly on its face, the entire nation may have learned a very painful lesson which will inform a generation or more.
Keep up the great work, Lefties! We’re all counting on ya’…
UPDATE: 11-13-2013; 3:45pm
“…The Journal’s sources claimed 50,000 had enrolled via the federal exchange and 50,000 on the state exchanges. They got the proportions wrong but the sum almost correct…”
JUST IN: 26,794 people bought insurance on http://t.co/5P8uZYqqLk in 1st month, feds say; nearly 80,000 more signed up on state marketplaces
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 13, 2013