Enrollment in Obamacare is failing big time. If you believe the White House’s latest figures, they are still 29% short of reaching their March 31st goal of 7 million enrollees for Obamacare. But just like the White House’s unemployment figures, they do not represent reality.
First of all, enrolling and actually making payment on their exchange purchased plans are not the same. A successful enrollment requires that the person make a payment of their policy. Many can enroll, but until payment has been received, the policy is not in force and the person has no coverage. I’ve seen reports that indicate anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million of the current 5 million enrollees have yet to make that first payment, making the White House’s 5 million figure greatly inflated.
Then if you figure in the 4.7 million Americans that lost their previous coverage, the net enrollment figure becomes a negative. Perhaps the biggest failure of Obamacare to date is the fact that they are falling terribly short of reaching their intended target – the millions of uninsured Americans.
Among that target group are the millions of uninsured Hispanics living in the US, legally and illegally. At this point, President Obama doesn’t care if anyone is a legal or illegal resident of the US as he is desperately trying to get Hispanics to sign up. His desperation is evident in one of his latest public statements that he made last Tuesday on the Hispanic sports station Univision Deportes. Obama told listeners:
“If you have a family where some people are citizens or legally here, and others are not documented, the immigration people will never get that information.”
He was responding to the question that many Latinos with family members here illegally have about enrolling in Obamacare.
Obama went on to tell the audience that the cost of Obamacare is equal to the same price they pay for cell phone or television. I want to know how many people are paying $400 to $2,000 a month for cell phone or television service? I have 5 cell phones on our policy and pay less than $140 a month. I have multiple televisions in the house and have several extra packages including a sports package along with high speed internet and a phone and still pay the cable company less than $200 a month.
When we priced healthcare insurance, the cheapest policy that would have us paying a $4,000 deductible and 40% out of pocket would cost us $816 a MONTH. That’s almost equal to my monthly mortgage payment and if I could afford that, I’d own a second home and rent it out for the income.
After lying to Hispanics about their family’s immigration status and the cost of healthcare insurance, Obama warned them, saying:
“Latinos are the most likely to be uninsured, to not have health insurance of any other group in the country. …If you can afford health care and you don’t buy by March 31st then you’re going to be charged a penalty when you pay your income tax.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, Univision Deportes’s news service tried to scare Latinos by telling them that Obama is the president responsible for the most deportations in US history. However, even Jeh Johnson, the new Secretary of Homeland Security testified before Congress that Obama’s deportation figures are inflated because they also included all of the illegals that were being turned away at the border. Turn aways were never included in deportation figures in the past, but this is just like the erroneous unemployment and economic figures that Obama continues to espouse.