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Obamacare Official: We Have No Clue How Many People Have Paid for New Coverage ^ | January 17, 2014 | Guy Benson

Posted on 01/17/2014 2:01:49 PM PST by Kaslin

Scroll down for the headline story; I wanted to get to some other Obamacare business first. I'm a few days late to this story out of Colorado, but it's worth revisiting for a few reasons. Dan wrote last week about a brewing controversy in the Rocky Mountain State, where Sen. Mark Udall's staff appears to have pressured the state insurance commissioner's office to revise the number of Coloradans who lost their existing coverage under Obamacare. Democrats have been taking a beating over their "lie of the year," and Team Udall evidently tried to mitigate the damage by manipulating official statistics. "We need to move on this ASAP — or we’ll be forced to challenge the 249K number ourselves,” one staffer wrote in an email. This episode reflects poorly on Udall and offers an insight into Democrats' preoccupation with their self-inflicted political wound. In fact, every Senate Democrat voted to kill a Republican attempt to enshrine the president's "keep your plan" promise into law back in 2010. As it turns out, Udall was partially correct after all -- the state's figures were off. Just not in the direction his aides were lobbying for:

BREAKING: Colo. Division of Insurance confirms Obamacare cancellations 34% higher than previously believed, now at 335,000 cancellations — Rep. Cory Gardner (@repcorygardner) January 15, 2014

That number will only grow in 2014, as millions of additional Americans will receive new cancellation notices in the fall. Udall's electoral fortunes are not as secure as they once appeared, as a late 2013 Quinnipiac poll demonstrated his weakness as an incumbent. Meanwhile, Obamacare continues to wreak havoc on businesses and families alike. Here's a local report out of North Carolina -- where Sen. Kay Hagan's been playing hide and seek with the president -- about how local companies are grappling with the increased costs associated with the law:

WRAL-NC: NC Company Facing Up To $275,000 In New Costs Due To ObamaCare, Limiting Future Growth

Here's a bitter personal testimonial from a disaffected Obamacare fan:

My husband, Miles, was enrolled in what appeared to be an excellent, affordable plan at the stroke of midnight. Celebration seemed in order. It had been a tough slog, of course. We’d worried the GOP would succeed in defunding it or undermining it in some other way that would put affordable coverage further out of our reach. Then we’d wrestled with that horrific website, struggled to understand the choices before us and waited nervously after we did so to see if the insurance card would actually materialize. It did. On Jan. 1, we rejoiced. And on Jan. 10, we gave up. Ten days in, we decided to cancel Miles’ Obamacare plan, swallow hundreds of dollars we’ll probably never recover and buy him a private policy away from the Federal Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace. His new plan does benefit from many requirements of the Affordable Care Act as well, so that’s good. But even the administrators at Obamacare’s headquarters have agreed this is the best option. Really. That’s not how it was supposed to be. After dozens of hours of phone calls that displaced my usual work obligations this week, only one thing is clear: Nobody can give anybody a straight or consistent answer to anything. Our troubles may strike some as trivial and particular, although they wouldn’t if it happened to them. And anyone who wants a successful system – as we do – must understand that these nightmares are happening across the nation to the very people who want Obamacare to work.

Read the whole thing. This couple (both journalists -- surprise!) desperately wanted, and still want, Obamacare to work. But it's been such a colossal cluster for their finances and health that they had no choice but to pull the plug. I'll leave you with the story that got top billing in the headline, and it's a doozy. An Obamacare official admitted in testimony yesterday that the administration has no idea how many of the supposed 2.1 million new "enrollees" are actually paid up -- and are therefore actually enrolled (though even that hasn't been a silver bullet for everyone). And why, pray tell, don't they have a handle on this important number? Because the online functions that would track this sort of thing...still haven't been built. Henry Chao wasn't kidding. Wow:

CMS Official: We Don't Know Yet Who Has Paid Their ObamaCare Premiums

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: 0bamacare; 2014election

1 posted on 01/17/2014 2:01:49 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

This administration has no idea what is working. If they are working or what the heck is going on in anything. Boy, who saw this coming./face palm sarcasm alert

2 posted on 01/17/2014 2:03:34 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Kaslin

Obamacare Official: We Have No Clue. Period.

3 posted on 01/17/2014 2:05:10 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

If you like your facepalm you can keep your facepalm. Period.

4 posted on 01/17/2014 2:10:08 PM PST by barmag25 (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? NO!!!)
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To: Kaslin

Such as unneeded waste of good words. All you need to say is-—
Doesn’t that say it all in a mere 4 words?

5 posted on 01/17/2014 2:14:16 PM PST by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Kaslin

An Obamacare official is telling the truth? Yikes, the world must be ending...

6 posted on 01/17/2014 2:19:10 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: Jim Robinson

Q: Who built Obamacare?

A: Obama built that. Period.

8 posted on 01/17/2014 2:30:01 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kaslin

They are a bunch of liars! The whole system is a train wreck, but there is one thing I know for sure. The system is built using relational data bases. You can create a query statement and run thru the several million records in less then an hour. You would then have a count of who checked out their shopping cart.

9 posted on 01/17/2014 2:33:16 PM PST by Plumres
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To: Plumres

My tagline has my ObamaCare enrollment prediction.

10 posted on 01/17/2014 2:38:39 PM PST by PJ-Comix (ObamaCare unsubsidized PAID Enrollment Prediction: 66,666)
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To: Kaslin

The number is zero.
No one has paid a premium, no doctor accepts obamacare patients.

11 posted on 01/17/2014 4:41:00 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: Kaslin

They need to apologize to Martha Stewart, the Madoff family, etc. If what those folks did was a crime, then there a re a bunch of government folks who need to be given a blindfold, a cigarette, and a high velocity sendoff.

12 posted on 01/18/2014 3:10:15 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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