Almost 365,000 Americans have “enrolled” in the ObamaCare exchanges, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
That number is far below the Obama administration’s impending goal of
enrolling 3 million people by the end of December and 7 million by the end of
March. But the true number of people who have actually purchased insurance
through the ObamaCare exchanges is even smaller. Instead of reporting on actual
enrollments, the administration is, instead, reporting on the number of people
who have put a health plan in their checkout cart, but haven’t actually checked
The distinction is important. As anyone who has ever shopped online knows,
putting something in an online shopping cart is not the same thing as actually
The Obama administration was aiming to enroll 3 million Americans – defined
as “obtaining coverage” – by the end of the year. According to the
administration, there are just more than 365,000 people who put a plan in their
cart through the end of November. Even if every single one of these applicants
actually purchased a policy, the Obama administration would have hit only 20
percent of its first month’s goal.
In Illinois, only 7,000
people had enrolled in ObamaCare exchanges through the end of November. Federal
officials hope to enroll more than 100,000 by year’s end and about 237,000 Illinoisans
by the end of March.
At the current pace, it would take Illinois more than a decade to reach its
This low level, whether attributed to website obstacles or lack of demand, is
a cause for alarm for two reasons. First, if these enrollment trends continue,
the exchange will almost certainly face an insurance death spiral, where older
and sicker patients are far more motivated to enroll, driving up prices
Second, the number of people losing their health insurance coverage in the
individual and small group markets as a result of ObamaCare could leave the
state with a higher uninsured rate.
Courtesty of the Illinois Policy Institute. Merle
The Obama administration feels seemingly few constraints in its marketing
claims: If you like your health insurance, you can keep it; Enrolling in
ObamaCare will be a lot like shopping for flights on Travelocity; and, now, look
at how many people have enrolled (or may enroll at some future date) in
ObamaCare was touted as an effort to dramatically expand health insurance
coverage. It is, instead, a costly and damaging scheme for the entire health
care system and the nation. The numbers show what many of us already knew:
Americans aren’t “buying” it.