Monday, March 31, 2014

Obamacare's Cooked Books

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Conservatives constantly argue that the Obama administration is manipulating numbers.  The statistics coming from the government cannot be trusted, be it regarding the unemployment numbers, or regarding the healthcare law.

President Barack Obama is desperate for the Obamacare numbers to become more favorable.

Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming believes the desperation for favorable numbers has led to the Obama administration manipulating the numbers, and offers skepticism when it comes to the claim by the democrats that more than six million Americans have enrolled in health insurance in connection with the Affordable Care Act.

“I don't think it means anything,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” “They are cooking the books on this.”

The democrats needed to be as close to the goal of seven million as possible to try to convince everyone that the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare's website was just a fluke.  According to the Obama administration, enrollment numbers are now less than a million shy of the administration’s goal, by the March 31 deadline.  And, according to Barrasso, Americans who have switched to ObamaCare from other insurance policies deemed sub-standard under the Affordable Care Act, still don’t know whether they can keep their same doctors.  As for affordability?  Most don’t know whether their premiums will go up, and if they will even be able to afford their new plans..

With only a quarter of the enrollees falling in the coveted younger demographic, the question over whether there will be enough young people joining to cover the health care costs of older Americans in the program remains up in the air.

As for the viability of the healthcare law?  Barrasso said, “I’ve looked at this 10 different ways. This health care law is unfixable.”

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

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