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AFP RESPONDS TO LATEST OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT NUMBERS

March 30, 2014

Arlington, VA. – Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s foremost advocate for health care freedom, responded to the latest ObamaCare enrollment “milestone” being touted by the Obama administration.

With the open enrollment deadline just days away, the White House announced this week that 6 million Americans have signed up for health care plans under ObamaCare — still short of the administration’s original goal of 7 million enrollees. The Obama administration has been touting this number as evidence of ObamaCare’s success; however, many important questions about coverage under ObamaCare remain unanswered.

AFP President Tim Phillips said the following: “When it comes to the alleged success of ObamaCare, this administration has a real knack for cherry-picking the facts. In reality, proponents of the healthcare law have conveniently failed to provide the public with all the relevant information needed to properly evaluate the significance of these enrollment numbers.

“The President told Americans that ObamaCare would be the solution to providing coverage for the uninsured. However, only a tiny fraction of these 6 million ObamaCare enrollees are individuals who were previously without health insurance. We all want Americans to have more affordable, quality health care, but ObamaCare is not the answer.

“With all of ObamaCare’s shortcomings and failures, the White House is desperate for anything that it can spin as good news. But these latest enrollment numbers aren’t telling the whole story: Millions of Americans are hurting under ObamaCare, and the President’s cherry-picking doesn’t change that.”

OTHER FACTS TO CONSIDER:

  • The 6 million enrollee benchmark by the CBO was never intended as a measure of success, and using it to do so is misleading and unhelpful in judging ObamaCare’s success. We still don’t know how many of the 6 million enrollees have actually paid their first premiums — and if their new plans are more affordable than their previous insurance. Without knowing this information, these enrollment numbers say virtually nothing.
  • According to insurance companies and healthcare industry experts, one-fifth of ObamaCare enrollees have not paid their premiums on time to receive coverage. (The New York Times, 2/13/14)
  • The administration won’t share whether necessary numbers of young and healthy Americans are signing up. These numbers are critical to ObamaCare’s workability. Previous reports indicate that not enough of these individuals are enrolling, which means millions of Americans could face higher premiums again next year.
  • This announcement comes on the heels of yet another politically-motivated, unilateral delay of ObamaCare.
  • The White House still refuses to acknowledge ObamaCare’s negative impacts. Many people enrolled in ObamaCare are facing higher prices and worse coverage. Millions of individuals, small businesses, and labor groups have spoken out against ObamaCare’s harmful consequences, but the White House and its allies in Congress have chosen to demonize them, rather than listening to and addressing their concerns.

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