The 700% Increase in Obamacare Enrollments Doesn't Tell the Whole Story

To say that the past four weeks of Obamacare enrollments and the previous two months have been miles apart wouldn't even be doing this bifurcation justice!

The first two months of open enrollment, marked by the Oct. 1 launch of state and federally run health exchanges, were absolutely plagued by technical glitches. The federal Healthcare.gov required a major overhaul by three prominent tech companies -- Oracle, Red Hat, and Google -- which allowed a mere 137,204 people to sign up through November in the health insurance marketplace covering 36 states. 

Even some state-run exchanges struggled mightily, with Oregon clocking in with a laughable 44 enrollees (seriously, 44!) through November. Hawaii's health exchange opened more than two weeks late and crashed repeatedly after it finally went live.

The past few weeks, however, have been a completely different story. Healthcare.gov is finally operational for a majority of Americans and most state-run exchanges have worked out their kinks. According to an Obama administration announcement on Sunday, 975,000 people enrolled in health care coverage through Healthcare.gov in December, bringing the cumulative total to more than 1.1 million, or roughly a 700% gain.

Enrollment gains in state-run exchanges have been equally impressive, according to the limited data we've received thus far. California, New York, and Washington state all reported that enrollment surged just days prior to the Dec. 24 cutoff date in order to be covered by Jan. 1, 2014.

But this tale of two time periods certainly doesn't tell the whole story behind Obamacare. There are both positive and negative unknowns that will more clearly spell out how successful the program has been at reducing the number of uninsured people in this country.


Source: White House on Flickr.

A number of unknowns
What I consider to be one of the most important unknowns is just how many completed applications are still sitting out there for people who haven't yet selected a health insurance plan. At the end of November, there were more than 1.9 million cumulative applications that were completed across the state and federal levels for which a plan had not been selected. It's highly unlikely that these Americans would complete the somewhat arduous and intrusive application process if they didn't have any intention of eventually signing up. While it wouldn't be prudent to count all of these applicants as enrollees, I feel a good percentage are bound to select an insurance plan before the end of open enrollment on March 31, 2014.

On the flip side, the current 1.1 million enrollees on the Obamacare website is well short of the better than 3 million enrollees that the Department of Health and Human Services forecast . This is why I consider the applicant figure so important, because it would give us some indication of how many "deferred enrollees" are sitting out there waiting for the late March 2014 coverage deadline.

We also have practically zero data so far on the number of young adults who have signed up for health insurance. More than just signing up as many people as possible for health insurance under Obamacare, insurers need healthy young adults to help offset the costs associated with registrants who are the sickest or most in need of care. If young adults choose to pay the penalty for not purchasing health insurance, insurers could drastically increase premiums across the board next year, removing any of the benefits implied when Obamacare was first rolled out.

Long story short, the Obamacare website's 700% jump in enrollments could be fantastic or terrible news. We won't know the whole story until we get more useful data over the next two weeks.

Source: Healthcare.gov.

Breathing a sigh of relief
I'll tell you that one company breathing a big sigh of relief following this enrollment surge is CGI Group (NYSE: GIB  ) , the primary architect behind Healthcare.gov. Although little to no credit and most of the blame for the poorly constructed site has been placed on CGI, the mere fact that Obamacare website enrollments soared could take some of the heat off and reduce the threat of an order slowdown in the future.

This data should also help relieve some, but not all, of the concerns associated with insurance companies such as UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH  ) and Cigna  (NYSE: CI  ) . Concerns had escalated recently that Cigna, which ponied up $3.8 billion to purchase HealthSpring back in 2011 in order to gain access to its network of government sponsored patients (i.e., Medicaid), and UnitedHealth, the nation's largest insurer , might actually see membership shrink due to millions of health insurance policies that are set to be canceled on Jan. 1 for not being in compliance with the tougher benefit laws of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The latest enrollment data suggests these two insurers are still on strong footing and may have actually grown their memberships from the prior quarter.

Finally, hospital operators like Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC  ) , which operate a number of its hospitals in states within the Healthcare.gov network, have to be thanking their lucky stars that enrollments surged. It's not as if hospitals were struggling in the first place, but investors have given these care facilities quite the premium with the expectation that more insured persons being treated would result in more revenue being collected. A big boost in enrollments could mean plenty of extra revenue on the horizon for Tenet.

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  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 2:08 PM, DrP79 wrote:

    Not nearly as impressive as the number of people who have LOST their insurance coverage due to this law.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 12:23 PM, moiraacleary wrote:

    Here comes the ObamaCare tax avalanche

    Here comes the ObamaCare tax avalanche

    By: John Hayward

    12/27/2013 09:29 AM

    At its core, ObamaCare is three things: a massive expansion of Medicaid; a set of complex mandates to control both insurance providers and customers; and the largest tax increase in a generation, much of it levied against the middle class. Because it is politically vital to hide tax increases from the Sainted Middle Class, much of this burden is hidden as pass-through taxation – you think your premiums are increasing, but it’s really an income redistribution scheme with the tax burden laid on insurance providers, who pass it along to you. This has the enormous political benefit of diverting public anger over increased premiums against the insurance providers, rather than the government, which is something the former should have considered more carefully before hopping into bed with the latter, visions of mandatory commerce dancing in their heads.

    ObamaCare also includes quite a few explicit tax increases, which were delayed until they would not jeopardize Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. The most obvious of these taxes is the individual mandate – certified as a 100 percent bona fide tax by the Supreme Court, in the decision that allowed ObamaCare to exist at all. President Obama has seized the extraordinary new power to selectively delay this tax for certain people – a precedent that will prove interesting if the next President also wishes to waive taxes by executive fiat. Perhaps we should add a fourth core component of ObamaCare: it rewrote the Constitution, in the manner of a computer virus corrupting an operating system.

    But some people certainly are going to pay that individual mandate tax next year, and it’s far from the only tax hike coming our way in 2014. The New York Post runs them down, and reports that at least one insurance provider has decided not to keep them safely hidden:

    Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes that are added on to premiums, opting instead to discretely pass them on to customers while quietly lobbying lawmakers for a break.

    But one insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, laid bare the taxes on its bills with a separate line item for “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes.”

    The new taxes on one customer’s bill added up to $23.14 a month, or $277.68 annually, according to Kaiser Health News. It boosted the monthly premium from $322.26 to $345.40 for that individual.

    You remember Obama telling you that your tax bill would shoot up by over $275 a year under his plan, don’t you? No? You remember the exact opposite - passionate, repeated vows that taxes on the Sainted Middle Class wouldn’t be raised by a dime? Call it Obama’s Third Big Lie, after “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” and “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

    What’s in that hearty salad of new taxes, New York Post?

    The new taxes and fees include a 2 percent levy on every health plan, which is expected to net about $8 billion for the government in 2014 and increase to $14.3 billion in 2018.

    There’s also a $2 fee per policy that goes into a new medical-research trust fund called the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

    Insurers pay a 3.5 percent user fee to sell medical plans on the HealthCare.gov Web site.

    But wait, there’s more!

    Americans also will pay hidden taxes, such as the 2.3 percent medical-device tax that will inflate the cost of items such as pacemakers, stents and prosthetic limbs.

    Those with high out-of-pocket medical expenses also will get smaller income-tax deductions.

    Americans are currently allowed to deduct expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of their annual income. The threshold jumps to 10 percent under ObamaCare, costing taxpayers about $15 billion over 10 years.

    High out-of-pocket expenses, you say? Hey, wait a second… don’t those newfangled “Affordable” Care Act plans feature enormous deductibles? Why, I’ll bet a whole lot of Sainted Middle Class folks are going to get stuck with a bigger tax bill next year because of that. Shucks, you’d almost think it was a deliberate deception to hide yet another tax increase from them.

    And of course, ObamaCare includes a tax leveled specifically at “millionaires,” a term redefined by the Democrat Party to mean people who earn $200,000 a year or more:

    Under ObamaCare, individual tax filers earning more than $200,000 and families earning more than $250,000 will pay an added 0.9 percent Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1.45 percent Medicare payroll tax. They’ll also pay an extra 3.8 percent Medicare tax on unearned income, such as investment dividends, rental income and capital gains.

    A new tax on capital gains smuggled into the “health care” bill… that’s just what a weak economy struggling to emerge from the endless Obama non-recovery needed.

    Instead of ruining so many people’s lives with poorly written mandates and blowing billions of dollars on bug-riddled federal and state exchange websites, Obama could have been honest in 2009 and simply proposed a huge Medicaid expansion, plus the tax increases needed to fund it. But that level of honesty is anathema to socialists. Their schemes always have to be dressed up as technocratic masterworks, brilliant plans that will not only fix the problems they love to exaggerate – in this case, the number of Americans who were involuntarily uninsured – but restructure and improve everyone’s life, at no cost to the Sainted Middle Class.

    Obama’s Big Lies were designed to fool voters into thinking ObamaCare would be essentially voluntary – you’d be able to keep everything the way it was if you wanted to. You probably wouldn’t want to, because ObamaCare would be so super-awesome that its plans would go flying off the virtual shelves, but if you weren’t sold on entering the system, you could keep your old plan and your preferred health care providers.

    In reality, none of that is true, and you wont’ be able to escape the ObamaCare tax avalanche, either. This is just the beginning, too. Wait until insurance companies caught in the death spiral of expensive, older, sicker customers buying Affordable Care Act policies, while the young and healthy take a pass on their planned shakedown, causes the industry to come looking for a bailout… which will probably be financed with deficit dollars… which will turn into irresistible demands for tax increases in a couple of years. Wait until the federal government pulls the Medicaid rug out from beneath your state, obliging the state government to soak you for more tax revenue. Wait until an army of desperate low-income ObamaCare policy holders begins crying out for relief from their huge deductibles, shaken at last from the delusion that Obama was going to give them “free medicine.”

    Every fountain of government benefits is also a siphon into taxpayer wallets. In 2014, the ObamaCare siphon will begin rumbling to life. In the years to follow, you’ll be amazed at how hard it can suck.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 12:32 PM, thecarnivore123 wrote:

    Ever noticed that a few websites (Yahoo, Motley Fool, etc) have now based their entire existence on propping up Obamacare? It seems like if you are going to bet the farm on one thing, that you would pick something better than Obamacare.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 12:36 PM, benjonson wrote:

    Am no fan of bo or bocare, but if you want and need health insurance where else are you supposed to go? Aren't we all trapped at this point in this obamanation?

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 12:46 PM, silverdragon8448 wrote:

    Just remember besides the cost is the deductibles. $4,000 a year for insurance and $6,000 for deductibles. I cannot get insurance because I make too little for insurance and too much for Medicaid.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 1:07 PM, richard232323 wrote:

    Yahoo, NYT, MSN, and the majority of the main stream pathetic media have been on board with this joke of a law obamacare, continuing to give this president and his law a pass, and try and pull the wool over America's eye's, the motley fool doing the same is very disappointing.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 1:23 PM, oldsniper50 wrote:

    Obama has stated 19 times "if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor"....lies. Obama and his liberal a--hole cronies voted to continue this debacle in 2010 even though they knew it wouldn't work. They are counting on young people signing up to offset the costs for older americans, that's called socialized medicine. Obama knows nothing about health care, economics, foreign policy or anything else. Voters deserve what they asked for, higher premiums and deductibles.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 1:29 PM, skipgainer61 wrote:

    Are you trying to convince yourself or the world with you democratic talking points on obamacare?. You can lie and write all the positive lies about obamacare you wish. That will not change the disaster about to happen to the working middle class Americans!

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 1:42 PM, 23rdoc wrote:

    Here is something that hasn't been covered, remember how Obama said it was time for all the rich fat cats to pay up and persons that make $250,000 or less will have no new taxes and that he would make the rich pay their fair share. Well now the young, poor, and coincidentally most healthy are being forced to pay for the majority of the healthcare bill. The whole healthcare act is contingent upon the young signing up. While all this is going on, is anyone aware that for the second year in a row the private for profit corporation of Facebook is paying no federal taxes? Facebook is not alone in not paying federal taxes, just google it. Worse the ones who can afford it are getting all kinds of goodies. The staff of congress is getting subsidized by 75% paid for by guess who us, the taxpayer.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 1:47 PM, VinnieDiPaoli wrote:

    The author writes:

    "At the end of November, there were more than 1.9 million cumulative applications that were completed across the state and federal levels for which a plan had not been selected. It's highly unlikely that these Americans would complete the somewhat arduous and intrusive application process if they didn't have any intention of eventually signing up. While it wouldn't be prudent to count all of these applicants as enrollees, I feel a good percentage are bound to select an insurance plan before the end of open enrollment on March 31, 2014."

    Isnt it equally likely, perhaps moreso, that a majority of those cumulative applications which have not been completed will simply be abandoned? If they intended to sign up, they were at the threshold and could have. But they didnt. How you can conclude that they will come back and continue on this course is beyond me.

    I am one of the persons who filled out the online application. When I saw what was available, I said, thanks but no thanks, and walked away. I think there are a lot of those completed applications from people like me.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 2:27 PM, Brian2003 wrote:

    I'm one of those million people who "signed up" or filled out the questionnaire to see what the rates were. After looking at the ridiculous policies, coverage and rates offered, I went back to BC&BS. What a joke!

    Unless they kill the entire system to take it over, it will be a disaster. My guess is the ones who truly "sign up, IE actually buy a policy" are the ones who can't get insurance due to huge medical expenses. This is going to cost the Federal Government billions of dollars to cover those costs. Maybe that was the idea all along....

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 2:45 PM, r95252 wrote:

    The Obama is bending every American over and hosing us good! All because you democrats believed what this liar Obama says. Obama is a lie, from the get go!

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 2:45 PM, comfortroberts wrote:

    This Oboma care is a joke, I a black man and I don't agree with it. it is not what it portrays. It does not provide health insurance for everyone. I recently lost my job and a single parent of 3 kids with no income other than child support which is less than 900.00 a month, and I didn't qualify for any insurance at all. Just a letter that says I wont be penalized on my tax return.

    what a joke this whole thing was

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 2:51 PM, TosaNomad wrote:

    When I was unemployed a couple years back I bought a low premium (less than 2500 dollars a year for a family of four) high deductible plan (paid everything after 7500). This high deductivel plan paid for NOTHING until the deductible would be met. Yet it was clearly a superior deal. My actual health cost was less than a pro-rated 3500 a year.

    I experiened no problem seeing any doctor (they all accept hard cold cash). Just had to be up-front and negotiate the rate to be the same rate as insured patients pay.

    No haggling with insurers, after you show the deductible is paid they pay all after you pay it.

    This plan is now illegal for me to sign up for if I need to sign up again as I did not keep it when I joined an employer plan.

    With ObamaCare's "affordable plan" the premiums alone are more than five to seven thousand without counting deductibles.

    Why am I not allowed to sign up my family for a high deductible plan if I need to again? Why is this no longer a free country? Why is Obama and his cronies so arrogant?

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 3:28 PM, TomF wrote:

    swflorida, hopefully you DID get sick over this and have to pay a deductible. BTW, are you an alibombacare troll?

    And, on the serious side, when do we learn how many of this massive influx signed up for medicare? They don't really count except when ali needs them to inflate the numbers. I won't be at all surprised to find out half are going on medicare and WILL NOT be forced to contribute to the dims at all.

    What a fiasco!

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 3:38 PM, SWFLORIDA1106 wrote:

    Let me tell you something, TomF.. I have health insurance--the best money can buy..Besides, that's none of your damn business...Because I have good health insurance,I want people who don't have it, for whatever reason, to be able to obtain it,as well...

    I'm not a troll of any kind,.I'm a business owner and your comments are really to dumb for words..You have no idea of what the hell you speak...Don't make comments to me with your idiocy...

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 4:02 PM, DannyBoy13 wrote:

    How do we know these numbers are accurate? Our default setting is on--The government is lying--...

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 5:07 PM, xcxcxcer45 wrote:

    Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 504 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc. http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-25...

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 5:32 PM, avanelle wrote:

    80 plus percent of americans had health insurance and the 46 million plus on food stamps were getting theirs free and that won't change no matter what, for they have no money, so that leaves at best 5 per cent of the nation that need special help, the one with disabilities, pre-existing, extremely expensive medical conditions. president obama, harry reid, nancy pelosi, and the democrates shoved obamacare down our throats to satisfy 5 per cent at best of the american people. over 60 per cent of americans didn't want it. our lying president blew smoke up our ass for three years telling us if you like you healthcare plan , you could keep your healthcare plan, period. if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor , period. this is despicable , and the president should be impeached for lying like a dog to the american people just so he could get re-elected when he knew all the time he was lying. i want to give you a horror story and this will be only one of thousands you will hear in the next 12 months. my sister was dignosed with cancer, lymforma, this all started 10 years ago and her doctor was able to get it into remission and it has come back twice and for the past three years has been in remission and my sister feels great for the first time in years. last week she got a letter from her doctor advising her she would not participate in obamacare or any other insurance starting 1-1-2014. if you wanted her to treat you , you would have to pay 550 per month or 5,000 per year. my sister is now looking a new doctor. i am 77 and one of my doctor decided to retire for he said he was fed up with it all. in the year 2014 obamacare is going to turn our healthcare system upside down just to accommodate about 5 per cent of the people. this could have been in a much easier way. this wasn't about fixing the healthcare problems, this was about democrates controlling every breath we take. president obama must be stopped, so in 2014 and 2016 vote every single democrate out of office and if the republicans don't fix thiings, vote everyone of them out. this is our only hope.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 5:37 PM, avanelle wrote:

    what republicans and independants must understand is that no matter what we do the libs are going to vote democrate. it doesn't make any different how many lies they are caught in, so we must ban togeither to defeat them in 2014 and 2016. it will take all conservatives, republicans, independants, libertarians, whites, black and hispanic. lets go to work now to make it happen and get our country back.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 6:08 PM, autocompanydude wrote:

    I am a retired systems development professional, with almost 40 years experience. I led a system development to record claims paid under warranty and service contracts that would number as many as 10,000 claims a day throughout the USA that were recorded and analyzed by computer logic immediately and paid or returned unpaid with reasons/errors described if unpaid - for correction and resubmission, and paid claims would automatically be submitted to various suppliers for reimbursement to us in some degree. On day one we paid 6 claims! Within a week we were paying 100 claims a day, then we were paying 1,000 a day within 2 weeks . After two months we could pay as many as deserved payment daily, and returned those needing correction for resubmission, or rejection daily as well. It takes time, it's complex, but doable. None of what has happened is any surprise to me. Patience will be rewarded. Submitters of claims have to learn coding, and how to submit, as well as how to rework the claims returned to them, with explanation of why claims require clarification/correction and resubmission. There are literally thousands of people learning an all new process, coding and more - but it will all work - and be well worth the effort!

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 7:30 PM, juanhunglow wrote:

    numbers are up? maybe but a far cry from what we were told needed it. lastly they should be up... it is a law and you get fined/taxed/penalized if you not sign up.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 8:00 PM, rwhprism wrote:

    A "JUMP" ?!?!? 1.1 million is about 1/3 of 1% of the US population. A 700 % increase to get us to the point where 99.6% still haven't enrolled. Over $1trillion was spent for this. Thats $900K spent PER PERSON enrolled. ObamaCare efficiency !

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 8:09 PM, MichaelCT wrote:

    I do not recall any other domestic issue that has generated such hostility and animosity as ACA. I feel deceived and swindled by our President on this. I feel that people in the know stood back knowing that this was going to be a complete swindle of the middle class. How can a couple making $65,000 be required to pay an additional $5,000 for insurance? Makes no sense. What were these people thinking?

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 8:26 PM, djm20 wrote:

    Great article: numbers soar; is that good or bad? Only time will tell. Seems Motley Fool, which used to be an advice source for investments, has entered the world of politics and is firmly one the side of progressives, ie, liberals, Democrats, the Administration etc. Strange position to take. Unless they are worried that they might be investigated by the Justice Dept or the IRS if they do not take this side?

    This is very frightening, 1984, Soviet Union, North Korea kind of politics. Aside from the horror of Obamacare and what it is doing to our economy and nation, I worry about all these political asides and positions being taken.

    Won't the Fool offer some editorial explanation as to why they are jumping into the political party?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 1:25 AM, Haxhere wrote:

    Now WAIT!! Are you saying the ACA is WRONG??!!

    Just because we ALL HEARD the POTUS SAY, "YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DOCTOR AND YOUR INSURANCE PLAN!!!!"

    (Wasn't it the POTUS AND Biden that also said, "we will NOT TAKE YOUR GUNS!!!!)

    My mother told ME NOT TO LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:30 AM, princelaife wrote:

    I predict that this ACA is a front to a more worse monstrous healthcare demon to follow. This ACA is a set up to fail purposely then the real one comes which will take our freedom to choose as Americans. Watch its coming perhaps 2014.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:22 AM, Bongo wrote:

    "...bringing the cumulative total to more than 1.1 million, or roughly a 700% gain."

    WOW! 1.1 million more low-information voter fools whose personal data/identity are ripe for harvest.

    Paying the "tax" in April seems like a VERY wise move to me...

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:45 AM, sabebrush6 wrote:

    Obamacare is just like the Obama presidency - crashed and burned upon institution and is being held up on life support by the disease ridden politicians in the District of Corruption.

    Now, that's quality !

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:17 PM, motleyarefools wrote:

    Just read the comments here to understand why outside of internet message boards and gerrymandered districts, the Republican Party is struggling heavily. A bunch of low intellect, no analyzation, borderline insane party of bored old people who can't be reasoned with and to whom facts don't matter...

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:40 PM, hogger706 wrote:

    just remember if you have 1 person sign up for something then you get a total of 8 at the finish, that is a 700% increase. numbers are easily played with.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 1:06 PM, clutch58 wrote:

    Gotta love Obama supporters-they call GOP redistricting gerrymandering, and Democrat gerrymandering redistricting. Dems that use the word gerrymandering should be ignored and treated as pariahs.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 1:34 PM, johnestromjr wrote:

    If ObamaCare was a stock would you buy it? It's a LOSER. This is a total screw-up by Obama but he'll never admit it. This is just the "next step" to a single payer - where government gets rid of ALL competition in health care and begins telling doctors, hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical companies how much they can charge for any given procedure or drug. The doctors will quit - or not spend the years and $$$ to become doctors so we'll import them from India, Bangladesh and other third world countries, our hospitals will fall into decay as will our clinics, few of our young will go into the medical profession as there is little future in it given the cost of education and years of schooling. What part of a free and open society and competition don't the liberals understand. We live in the greatest country on Earth yet these people are never satisfied. What has given us our standard of living is competition in the marketplace. So here we go, the dump-assed liberals trying to change the greatest country on Earth. Idiots. And WE were as well, for electing and re-electing this dunderhead.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:24 PM, MarcAurele wrote:

    So about 2 million signed up (How many will be actually enrolled is a mystery - 20% maybe) whereas about 6 millions got cancelled: Good job!

    More interesting would be to know "who" signed up: Old/sick people in need of coverage or healthy/young people ready to finance Obama's hobby.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/12/30/how-man...

    2014 will be quite interesting. I bet Obama will cover up for the real problems until after the election.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:22 AM, 3dognight wrote:

    Anything coming from this administration never does.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:16 PM, SLTom992 wrote:

    What is interesting is that they use the impressive 700% rather than the more pointed 1.1 million from the expected 40 million.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:21 PM, Mathman6577 wrote:

    Not sure why there is cheerleading going on for a program that will harm the economy and many people.

    (Anytime a % is used to herald the "success" of something it is meant to tide a real fact)

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:45 PM, Whumpsnatz wrote:

    The reaction on this site to the ACA is downright psychotic. I particularly enjoyed Brian2003's complaint about the plans, and his statement that he went back to BCBS. Who the hell does he think is offering those plans on healthcare.gov - the Tooth Fairy? Every one of the plans is from a private health insurance company - like BCBS.

    The ACA sucks, but not as bad as the unfettered rampaging of robber baron insurance companies before.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 1:56 PM, Mathman6577 wrote:

    Robber baron insurance companies which are cronies of the robber baron federal and state governments. The end effect is that the ordinary citizens suffer and pay the price.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 3:13 PM, weldon1 wrote:

    2 mil signed up and 5 mil policies canceled due to Act requirements. Boy, nice trade.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 5:04 PM, wspaulding wrote:

    Here are the truth folks. Obama suckered us all into how great Obama Care would be and everything he said was a lie. He should be criminally charged with a conspiracy i.e.; “conspiring to deceive the American people”. He should be impeached for this terrible crime against the American people. The conspiracy is deep and intentionally was hidden from the American people so as not to influence the outcome of last year’s election. He has completely disregarded the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution. This alone is grounds for his removal from office. My concern is that the Congress is giving him a free ride on all of the criminal activity that has consumed his administration. Obama has disgraced the dignity of the office of the President.

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