"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, March 31, 2014

Opening Day for Baseball, Closing Time for Obamacare

If you find yourself too happy today because baseball is back, you could always bring yourself back down into despair by considering this ongoing fiasco:

The federal Obamacare website is down for maintenance on the final day of open enrollment.
Since 3:00 a.m. Eastern time, HealthCare.gov has been down to fix a software bug.
"The tech team is working now to bring the system online as soon as possible," a spokesperson told Politico.
News of the Obamacare bug fix comes as the Obama administration continues to claim it has surpassed the six million enrollment mark--a figure that includes 20%, at least, who never paid their first premium and are, therefore, not insured. It also includes duplicate enrollment and incomplete applications. The Obama White House has stonewalled reporter requests for specific demographic data about what are roundly regarded as inflated numbers.
Most importantly, the White House is remaining tight-lipped about the all-important question of how many of those it claims have enrolled were previously uninsured. The purported purpose of Obamacare was to cover the 48.6 million who did not have insurance. However, data from a McKinsey & Co. report reveals that only 715,000 of Obamacare's paying customers were previously uninsured; the rest already had coverage or were among the 5 million Americans who had their insurance plans canceled due to Obamacare.
Now in its fourth year, Obamacare remains more unpopular than ever. The latest Associated Press poll finds that an all-time low 26% of Americans now support Obamacare.

As I've said previously on this blog, the only metric that matters is how many previously uninsured are now insured.   That was the problem to be fixed, and Obamacare was sold on the promise that it would fix it.   If Obamacare hasn't provided a significant solution (it hasn't), but has instead likely exacerbated the problem (it has) by forcing millions off their plans, disincentivizing millions more from seeking insurance (why bother?), and confusing nearly everyone (oy!)... then it's a failure, period, full stop.

It's a failure.   Period.   Full stop.

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