ObamaCare Success Numbers Misleading At Best

ObamaCare Success Numbers Misleading At Best
On February 9, 2014, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) took to the airways on CBS’s Face The Nation and stated “10 million Americans have health insurance today who would not have had it without the Affordable Care Act.” After fact-checking Durbin’s numbers, the Washington Postdebunked this claim –
“Durbin appears to be combining two figures released by the administration: more [sic] 3 million signing up for insurance through the federal HealthCare.gov and state exchanges and 6.3 million deemed eligible for Medicaid. Both figures are generally October through December, and so obviously have increased since then.
But there are two big problems with both numbers:
a) The troubled federal exchange counts people as enrolled if an individual has selected a plan, but it does not know if a person enrolled and paid a premium because that part of the system has yet to be built.
b) The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid eligibility, but no one really knows how many of the 6.3 million are in this expansion pool — or whether they are simply renewing or would have qualified for Medicaid before the new law. Indeed, the number also includes people joining Medicaid in states that chose not [sic] accept the expansion.
Obviously, then, these figures must be treated with caution. But Durbin went a step further and claimed that all of these people would not have had health insurance if not for the Affordable Care Act.”
As politicians work to secure their seats this election cycle, perhaps Americans should use this time to reflect upon the past four years and determine if our country is moving in the right direction.

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