At one time, I was a licensed life insurance salesman in three states. I was also a broker for auto insurance and held a Series 6 securities license to help people with their investments and retirement. In all of my transactions in these endeavors, one thing was perfectly clear and that was that nothing is a done deal until someone makes their first payment or actually provides the money for investing.
I can’t tell you how many times I wrote an insurance policy, had the client(s) get medically tested and approved and get their signatures, but then backed out of the policy before paying for it. Then there were those that made their first payment but cancelled not long after. Had I counted all of the policies I wrote, it would have shown that I was a very successful insurance salesman. However, looking at how many policies were still in effect after the first month and then after the first year, my success rate drastically fell.
The same thing is true with Obamacare. At every step of the way, President Obama and then HHS Secretary Sebelius bragged about how many enrollees they had at that point in time. The latest boast by Obama was that there were 8 million Obamacare enrollees and strutted his success like a banty rooster in a hen house.
However, neither Obama nor Sebelius had any clue as how many people actually paid for their coverage. Their figures were like my surface success as an insurance salesman. Their lack of true figures was made evident when Rep. Tom Price, (R-GA) questioned Sebelius prior to her resignation:
Many experts estimated that nearly 20% of enrollees had not made their first payment and thus were not covered. If that figure is accurate, that drops Obama’s 8 million down to 6.4 million successful enrollees.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee decided to find out what the actual figures were, since no one in the White House or HHS knows. They contacted all of the insurance providers and compiled the information. According to their report:
“Data provided to the committee by every insurance provider in the health care law’s Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) shows that, as of April 15, 2014, only 67 percent of individuals and families that had selected a health plan in the federally facilitated marketplace had paid their first month’s premium and therefore completed the enrollment process. Nationwide, only 25 percent of paid enrollees are ages 18 to 34. The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today invited the leaders of some of the nation’s largest insurance providers and their trade groups to testify at a hearing, ‘PPACA Enrollment and the Insurance Industry,’ on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.”
“On April 17, 2014, President Obama declared the success of his law, claiming that 8 million Americans had signed up for health insurance, but data from the insurance providers reveals that the president’s figure is largely misleading. As of April 15, 2014, insurers informed the committee that only 2.45 million had paid their first month’s premium for coverage obtained through the federally facilitated marketplace. While the administration has relied on questionable nationwide figures to boast the law’s success, the state-by-state breakdown compiled by the committee underscores the serious problems facing some states.”
“For months, the committee and members of the press have urged the administration to provide rudimentary details about enrollment under the law, including information regarding the makeup of the risk pool and who had actually paid for their health care plans. Administration officials repeatedly insisted they were incapable of collating that data and that the insurance providers are the only ones with those details. The committee followed the administration’s suggestion and went directly to the insurance providers.”
“‘In a sad reversal away from its vows of transparency, the Obama administration, from inside the Oval Office on down, has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep basic details of the health law from the public. Tired of receiving incomplete pictures of enrollment in the health care law, we went right to the source and found that the administration’s recent declarations of success may be unfounded,’ commented full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). ‘We need a complete picture of how this law is working. We will continue to strive for transparency and hold the administration accountable for this law’s shortcomings and broken promises.’”
The insurance companies reported that only 2.45 million people have actually paid their first month’s payment for the policies they purchased through the federal exchange. Add that to the various state exchanges and the figure comes to around 5.36 million that have successfully paid for their policies, which is 2.64 million short of Obama’s reported 8 million enrollees.
Not only was the House committee able to obtain the information that Obama and Sebelius claim to be unable to obtain, they also found out that the age groups successfully signing up and paying for their healthcare is exactly opposite of what is needed to make the entire system work. Obamacare needs a large majority of policy owners to be young and healthy so that their premiums will pay of the extra care needed by the older people.
The results obtained by the House committee revealed the following breakdown of the successfully paying Obamacare policy purchasers:
“Nationwide (as of April 15, 2014), 67 percent of people had completed enrollment and paid their first month’s premium and 33 percent had not. Of those who had paid their first month’s premium:
Under 18: six percent;
Ages 18 to 25: 10 percent;
26 to 34: 15 percent;
35 to 44: 16 percent;
45 to 54: 23 percent;
55 to 64: 29 percent;
65 and older: 1 percent.”
If this breakdown holds true, by this time next year, the insurance industry will be in dire straits. They will be forced to increase the costs for healthcare policies which will lead many Americans to cancel because they will no longer be able to afford the high prices. The insurance industry will also be forced to turn to the federal government for a multi-billion dollar bail out, just like what happened to the auto and banking industries several years ago. And guess who ultimately pays for the multi-billion dollar bailout? Yep, you and me.
So how come the House committee so easily obtained the figures that the White House and HHS can’t? Who says they don’t have those figures? If they did, would you expect Obama to make them public? So much for the transparent administration that Obama promised!