Over Half Remain Uninsured

Over Half Remain Uninsured

The American public has very good reason to, yet again, call into question the President’s ability to deliver on his promise of massively overhauling the healthcare system with significant reductions in spending and number of uninsured citizens. In the meantime, myriad experts have provided volumes of evidence challenging the claims for reductions in either area. Since 2010, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has repeatedly reacted to the chaos of Obamacare rollout with projections that fly in the face of those originally delivered in 2010, when Congressional support was required for its passage. It goes without saying, CBO projections for Obamacare costs continue to spiral while projections for reductions in the number of uninsured continue to decline.

A recent Weekly Standard article tracks the CBO’s varying responses, “In February of this year, the CBO projected that Obamacare would reduce the number of uninsured by 13 million as of 2014. In April, the CBO had seen enough of the Obama administration’s skillful rollout of Obamacare to reduce that estimate to 12 million.

Now the Urban Institute finds that Obamacare has actually reduced the number of uninsured adults by 8 million since the rollout began last fall. (Gallup shows a similar number.) That’s far short of the number of newly insured that the CBO projected in April of this year, in February of this year, or in 2012 — and it’s less than half the tally the American people were told Obamacare would hit when they opposed it in 2010.”

The administration is clearly left with a tall order to explain how the numbers on both ends have gone so terribly wrong. In 2010, the American people were astute enough to question the viability of a program that promised to deliver so much for so little. Few are surprised by the outcome, but many understandably clamor for this gargantuan program to be revoked entirely or at least changed so that it forebodes less ominous consequences.

 

Click here to read the full Weekly Standard article. 

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