by Robert Maynard
It is now becoming clear why the Obama Administration did not release the numbers of those signing up for the exchanges. The number are so low that they are an embarrassment. This is in spite of the apparent use of lies and deception on the part of some exchange navigators to get people sighed up.
First the problem of getting people signed up. According to this TownHall article, fewer than 50,000 people have signed up so far through Healthcare.gov. Here is an excerpt:
This is a disaster, and it explains why the White House insisted on delaying the release of official enrollment statistics for as long as they have. Jay Carney has been warning that the initial figure is going to be “low,” even when it’s padded by the law’s demographically-perilous Medicaid numbers. The only question was how low. The apparent answer: The number of Americans who have managed to sign up for Obamacare through Healthcare.gov over the last month-and-a-half could fit into Yankee Stadium, with seats to spare. The Wall Street Journal reports:
So far, private health plans have received enrollment data for 40,000 to 50,000 users of the federal marketplace, the people familiar with the figures said. The federal marketplace uses an industry-standard format to exchange enrollment information, known as an 834 transmission…In some cases, insurers have reported duplicated 834s and other data-integrity problems, but the people familiar with the matter said they believed these figures reflected an accurate count of enrollments through late last week…The initial federal numbers set for release this week are expected to show enrollment only through the end of October, so the figures are expected to be lower. Efforts to clean up the data and reduce duplications could further cull the formal count.
These low number are despite attempts on the part of some navigators to try and get people signed up through deceit, fraud and lies. James O’Keefe, who did a series of video exposes on ACORN, is back with Project Veritas:
Navigators counsel applicants to “just lie.”
NEW YORK, NY – Today Project Veritas released a new investigation exposing Obamacare navigators counseling applicants to lie about their income and deceive the IRS, commit fraud on applications by not reporting full health history, and more.
“This investigation shows just how vulnerable Obamacare is to fraud,” said James O’Keefe. “Taxpayers lose billions due to Medicare fraud and there is a clear possibility of billions more being wasted under a government-run health care system costing taxpayers $1.7 trillion.”
This is just the first video in a series of Obamacare investigations to be released in the coming weeks. The purpose of these investigations is not to advocate for defunding or the repeal of Obamacare but to expose waste, fraud, and abuse within the system.