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Another Case Of ObamaCare Obfuscation

- November 20, 2014

The Obama Administration Fudged ObamaCare's Enrollment Numbers By Including Dental Plans

The Obama Administration Included 400,000 Dental Plans, "An Unpublicized Detail That Helped Surpass A Goal For 7 Million Sign Ups." "The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental plans in a number it reported for enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, an unpublicized detail that helped surpass a goal for 7 million sign-ups." (Alex Wayne, "ObamaCare's Subscriber Rolls Include Unpublicized Dental Plans," Bloomberg, 11/20/14)

Combining Dental And Medical Plans Helped Ensure The Obama Administration "Assert That Enrollment Remained Greater Than 7 Million." "Blending dental and medical plans let the administration assert that enrollment remained greater than 7 million, the original projection of the Congressional Budget Office. The move also partly obscured the attrition of more than 1 million in the number of people enrolled in medical insurance." (Alex Wayne, "ObamaCare's Subscriber Rolls Include Unpublicized Dental Plans," Bloomberg, 11/20/14)

  • Just Weeks Ago, HHS Released A Report Claiming "7.1 Million People Were Enrolled And Paying For Health Coverage" Under ObamaCare. "By the end of the first open enrollment period, over 8 million people selected Qualified Health Plans (QHP) through the Marketplace.2 As of October 2014, 7.1 million people were enrolled and paying for health coverage ("effectuated" enrollees) through the Marketplace." ("How Many Individuals Might Have Marketplace Coverage After The 2015 Open Enrollment Period?," U.S. Department Of Health & Human Services, 11/10/14)

Investigators From The House Oversight And Government Reform Committee Found That The Actual Enrollment Figures Would Be 6.97 Million. "Without the dental plans, the federal government would have had 6.97 million people with medical insurance under the law known as ObamaCare, investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform committee calculated, using data they obtained from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services." (Alex Wayne, "ObamaCare's Subscriber Rolls Include Unpublicized Dental Plans," Bloomberg, 11/20/14)

  • Analysts At HealthPocket Inc., A Research Firm, Verified The Data And Found That ObamaCare Enrollment Fell From 7.37 Million To 6.97 Million. "Analysts at HealthPocket Inc., a research firm based in Sunnyvale, California, that maintains data on Affordable Care Act insurers, verified that 243 of 299 plans that Issa's staff singled out, with enrollment of more than 399,000 people, were for dental care. Without them, enrollment in medical plans fell from 7.37 million to 6.97 million as of Aug. 15." (Alex Wayne, "ObamaCare's Subscriber Rolls Include Unpublicized Dental Plans," Bloomberg, 11/20/14)

From May To August Of This Year, The Obama Administration Provided Enrollment Disclosures That Listed "Information About Dental Plans Separately" From Medical Plans. "The administration had supplied information about dental plans separately in earlier disclosures. In May, the government reported that 8 million were signed up for health plans and 1.1 million were in dental coverage." (Alex Wayne, "ObamaCare's Subscriber Rolls Include Unpublicized Dental Plans," Bloomberg, 11/20/14)

  • "Then In September, The Numbers Became Less Transparent." "Then in September, the numbers became less transparent. The Medicare agency's administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, released a new enrollment figure, obtained from insurance companies participating in the exchanges: 7.3 million people were 'enrolled in the health insurance marketplace coverage,' she said at a hearing by the Republican-led Oversight committee." (Alex Wayne, "ObamaCare's Subscriber Rolls Include Unpublicized Dental Plans," Bloomberg, 11/20/14)

FLASHBACK: HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, While Discussing The 7.1 Million Figure: "Today, In Terms Of This Transparency Issue, What We're Trying To Do Is Make Sure We're Clear." BURWELL: "Today, we have put out the new effectuated enrollment. Before we go into open enrollment, we have that number coming out of October. That number is 7.1 million. That's the number of people currently enrolled and paying in the marketplace. In addition, today, in terms of this transparency issue, what we're trying to do is make sure we're clear." (Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Remarks On Health Insurance Enrollment At The Center For American Progress, Washington, D.C., 11/10/14)

The Obama Administration "Declared Victory" In April After Announcing The 7.1 Million Enrollment Figure

In April, Obama "Declared Victory" As He Announced That ObamaCare Enrolled 7 Million People During The Law's First Enrollment Season. "President Obama declared victory Tuesday in the government's aggressive push to enroll seven million people in private health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, even as his senior aides braced for an escalated political battle over the law ahead of the fall's crucial midterm elections." (Michael D. Shear, "Obama Claims Victory In Push For Insurance," The New York Times, 4/2/14)

  • Obama In April: "7.1 Million Americans Have Now Signed Up For Private Insurance Plans Through These Marketplaces - 7.1." OBAMA: "Last night, the first open-enrollment period under this law came to an end. And despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these marketplaces -- 7.1." (President Obama, Remarks On The Affordable Care Act, Washington, D.C., 4/1/14)
  • Obama Announced That ObamaCare Enrolled 7.1 Million Consumers, "Slightly More Than The Administration's Original Goal." "In an afternoon Rose Garden ceremony, Mr. Obama announced that a late surge of customers to HealthCare.gov before Monday's deadline had pushed insurance signups to 7.1 million, slightly more than the administration's original goal. The achievement was somewhat remarkable considering the bureaucratic and technical nightmare that surrounded the website's debut last October." (Michael D. Shear, "Obama Claims Victory In Push For Insurance," The New York Times , 4/2/14)

Time Headline: "Obama Celebrates 7.1 Million Enrolled In ObamaCare" (Zeke Miller, "Obama Celebrates 7.1 Million Enrolled In ObamaCare," Time, 4/1/14)

  • "President Barack Obama Took A Celebratory Turn Before The Cameras …" "President Barack Obama took a celebratory turn before the cameras Tuesday, announcing that 7.1 million Americans have enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act." (Zeke Miller, "Obama Celebrates 7.1 Million Enrolled In ObamaCare," Time, 4/1/14)

7 Million Wasn't An Arbitrary Number - It Was The Enrollment Goal The Administration Itself Set Obamacare's "Success"

Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Described The 7 Million Goal As What An ObamaCare Success Would Look Like. "In June, Sebelius described 7 million consumers in the first year as a 'realistic target.' One day before HealthCare.gov launched Oct. 1, NBC News asked Sebelius: 'What does success look like?' 'Well, I think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of March 2014' she responded." (Carrie Budoff Brown and Jason Millman, "7 Million ObamaCare Customers," Politico, 12/11/13)

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