4 Things the White House Still Hasn’t Told Us About Obamacare
The Fiscal Times
By Brianna Ehley 3 hours ago
The White House finally released its much anticipated enrollment numbers on Wednesday, revealing that some 106,000 Americans selected insurance policies on the state and federal health exchanges in October, the first month those marketplaces went live.
While the report offers some insight into the demand for the new policies – about 1.5 million people have applied for coverage – it lacks specific information, like who is enrolling and how many people have actually purchased plans.
In order to determine how Obamacare is really shaping up, the administration must answer these four crucial questions:
1. How many people are actually purchasing plans? The administration’s official tallies included the number of applications completed on the various exchanges (1.5 million), the number of those people who would be eligible to enroll under an exchange (1.1 million) and the number of individuals who have chosen a specific insurance plan (106,000.)
However, "selecting" a plan and actually buying it are different things – much like adding an item to your shopping cart on Amazon.com is different from actually buying it.
We know that 106,000 Americans have put specific plans in their carts-- just 27,000 of those were on the federal exchange. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the administration would provide more details on Dec. 15 about how many people have actually paid for a policy.