Did the Dems pass Obamacare for 8,000 people?
Every revelation about how bad Obamacare will be or the catastrophe it will cause our health care system seems to outdo the last one in its ability to shock and awe.
"My God, what have we done," wrote Robert Lewis, Commander of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (Tibbets was the pilot). Isn't it about time that Democrats started asking that question of themselves?
Mr. Obama declared at the time that "uninsured Americans who've been locked out of the insurance market because of a pre-existing condition will now be able to enroll in a new national insurance pool where they'll finally be able to purchase quality, affordable health care-some for the very first time in their lives."
So far that statement accurately describes a single person in North Dakota. Literally, one person has signed up out of 647,000 state residents. Four people have enrolled in West Virginia. Things are better in Minnesota, where Mr. Obama has rescued 15 out of 5.2 million, and also in Indiana-63 people there. HHS did best among the 24.7 million Texans. Thanks to ObamaCare, 393 of them are now insured.
States had the option of designing their own pre-existing condition insurance with federal dollars in lieu of the HHS plan, and 27 chose to do so. But they haven't had much more success. Combined federal-state enrollment is merely 8,011 nationwide as of November 1, according to HHS.
This isn't what HHS promised in July, when it estimated it would be insuring 375,000 people by now, and as many as 400,000 more every year. HHS even warned that it would bill private carriers for any claims if HHS decided that they had cancelled coverage to dump costs on the government. That outcome would certainly be in keeping with Mr. Obama's caricature of rampant discrimination against the sick.
(HT: Hot Air )