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Obamacare Only Enrolled 1.4 Million Previously Uninsured Individuals
Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/13/2014

Posted on 04/13/2014 5:29:55 PM PDT by markomalley

Obamacare has reportedly enrolled 7.1 million individuals since its exchanges opened in October. However, according to a recently released RAND report, just 1.4 million of those individuals were previously uninsured.

Avik Roy of Forbes reports:

Last week, I wrote about an article in the Los Angeles Times, on a then-as-yet unpublished report from the RAND Corporation. The report indicated that only one-third of Obamacare’s purported 7.1 million exchange sign-ups were from the previously uninsured. But Noam Levey, the author of the Times article, didn’t disclose RAND’s actual findings as to the actual number of previously uninsured exchange enrollees. Well, now we know why. RAND published the full report yesterday; it indicates that Obamacare’s exchanges only enrolled 1.4 million previously uninsured individuals.

That 1.4 million is out of a total of 3.9 million exchange enrollees overall. That is to say, a little over a third of enrollees—36 percent—were previously uninsured. RAND’s figures don’t take into account the last few weeks of the Obamacare open enrollment period, and they contain a substantial margin of error, due to the study’s small sample size. (RAND surveyed 2,425 individuals aged 18 to 64; the 1.4 million figure has a margin of error of 700,000, meaning that there is a 95 percent probability that the actual number is between 700,000 and 2.1 million previously uninsured enrollees.)

If you assume that 80 percent of signer-uppers will eventually pay their premiums, the true number of previously uninsured exchange enrollees is likely closer to 2 million. That’s far from what the Congressional Budget Office has projected; the CBO estimated that 80 to 90 percent of the first-year enrollees would come from the previously uninsured population. Instead, it appears to be more like 24 to 36 percent.



TOPICS: Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; aca; headcount; obamacare; obamacareenrollment; randreport

1 posted on 04/13/2014 5:29:55 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I’d like to see better proof, but this is the number I’ve been waiting for.


2 posted on 04/13/2014 5:32:00 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: markomalley

So, the Democrats have destroyed American healthcare for 1,400,000 people?

All the while not repealing the ‘just go to the ER for free care’ law?


3 posted on 04/13/2014 5:32:10 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: markomalley

All this mess and esxpense for that??!!!?


4 posted on 04/13/2014 5:33:14 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: markomalley

None of that matters. As far as Obama is concerned, Obamacare is a success and beyond debate.

After all, signups are Mission Accomplished.


5 posted on 04/13/2014 5:33:22 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: markomalley
There are three groups in this equation:

1. People who had insurance and lost it and signed up for Obamacare.
2. People who never had insurance and signed up for Obamacare.
3. People who had insurance and don't have it anymore because of Obamacare.

I suspect that Group3 will be as large as Group2. So what have we accomplished?

6 posted on 04/13/2014 5:38:17 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: markomalley

And they were in prison.


7 posted on 04/13/2014 5:38:56 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: markomalley

I’m not surprised.


8 posted on 04/13/2014 5:42:23 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: InterceptPoint

4) people who were already qualified for medicare,
but for what ever reason had never signed up for it.

5) people who became qualified for medicare
under the new definitions/expansion.


9 posted on 04/13/2014 5:44:17 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: markomalley

Well the new bimbo in charge at HHS will be prepared to blame the old bimbo in charge at HHS for that failing .... but there are no real consequences for any of them.


10 posted on 04/13/2014 5:44:49 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (If His Arrogance knows where his BC is, why did he have to hire someone to Photoshop a new one?)
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To: Repeal The 17th

4) people who were already qualified for medicare,
but for what ever reason had never signed up for it.

5) people who became qualified for medicare
under the new definitions/expansion.

Do you mean MEDICAID....state programs?


11 posted on 04/13/2014 5:47:02 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: markomalley

This is the party that surveyed, knew, tabulated and spreadsheeted what everyone’s favorite TV shows were in the time before the 2012 election. They knew which magazines every voter subscribed to. They knew how often every person checked their Facebook account. They knew what kind of car they drove and how old those cars were and how many miles those people drove per year.

To be honest, I haven’t applied for 0care, but it is absolutely impossible for me to believe that any applicant wasn’t asked if they had existing health insurance and what they paid for it or whether their employer supplied it.

The very idea that the admin cannot answer the question of how many net new signups there are is ridiculous on its face. The idea that ten days before the Mar 31 deadline they did not know or would not say the number of applicants, yet suddenly, on the morning of Apr 01 they knew that 7.1 million had signed up is ridiculous beyond words.


12 posted on 04/13/2014 5:48:10 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: markomalley

Furthermore, the Medicaid enrollees need to be discounted as well.


13 posted on 04/13/2014 5:48:11 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Surely you’re not suggesting Obastard lied to us?


14 posted on 04/13/2014 5:49:46 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: markomalley
>>>After all, signups are Mission Accomplished. And the 7.1 million is from the same sources as 1) Shovel-ready jobs, 2) Keep your doctor, 3) Keep your health care plan 4) No lobbyists, 5) Transparency, 6) Constitutional oath.. & it goes on & on! Does Obama even know what the 7.1 million break out is?
15 posted on 04/13/2014 5:51:53 PM PDT by SIRTRIS
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To: Thank You Rush

Yes, I did mean to say medicaid.


16 posted on 04/13/2014 5:52:16 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: bigbob

The clear solution to this problem is for the governmrnt to exterminate those that do not sign up for Obammycare!


17 posted on 04/13/2014 6:04:37 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Just doing laps around the sun and shaking my head that progressives can believe what they do!)
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To: markomalley
Millions of American intimidated by fear of the IRS into compliance with an onerous law.


18 posted on 04/13/2014 6:11:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: markomalley

They are still being carful to use the word signed up instead of enrolled. Tells me they are counting head of site visitors not actual enrollees.


19 posted on 04/13/2014 6:31:40 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: InterceptPoint

and all the ones who qualified for Medicaid.


20 posted on 04/13/2014 6:32:41 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: bigbob

The other number that I heard is that 80-85% of the sign ups are subsidized. I would guess the rest are folks with pre existing conditions who never got insurance.


21 posted on 04/13/2014 6:40:09 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: markomalley

bump


22 posted on 04/13/2014 6:41:42 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: markomalley

Is this only people who used the government website to sign up?

My agent got new insurance for me and my husband without the misery of the Obamacare site...so far so good.


23 posted on 04/13/2014 7:23:16 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: combat_boots

the 1.4 million number might be correct, and let’s just say it is. So of those ‘enrolled’ how many are still waiting for some form of proof they actually have coverage? And how many enrollment forms are still sitting on desks, six months out?


24 posted on 04/13/2014 10:40:19 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: markomalley
Adding to the confusion, HHS used names and health records from cooperating states of millions of unknowing consumers to open accounts for them on the government website, sending each a letter asking them to complete the application. Obama may also be using these numbers.
25 posted on 04/14/2014 2:53:01 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: markomalley

All this for 0.4% of the country.


26 posted on 04/15/2014 5:22:58 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Not my circus, not my monkeys.)
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