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September 16, 2014

Obamacare Sign Ups May Be Lower Than White House Says

“The White House insists it doesn’t know how many people are fully enrolled in Obamacare but insurers say they’ve handed over enough data to show that the sign-up numbers are not as rosy as federal officials say.”

The latest administration figures show that 4.2 million people have selected health plans in the new insurance markets. Insurance industry officials at four of the big national health plans tell Politico that about 15 to 20 percent people who have signed up have not yet paid their first monthly premium — the final step to get coverage.”

“That contention prompted Republicans on Capitol Hill to launch an inquiry Thursday to determine how many Obamacare sign-ups are actually paying. House Energy and Commerce leaders sent letters to insurers in 36 states requesting details on the total number of customers who have begun paying premiums.”

  • Gwendolyn Carter

    When can we safely say the administration’s responsibility for ACA enrollment ends? It seems to me the insurance industry must be responsible for collecting the monthly insurance premium. The ACA is a private /government plan. The government has supplied all the infrastructure for individuals to chose private companies for private insurance. When people make insurance decisions, private companies should not expect the government to police the premium payment to all insurance companies. The insured becomes a client of the private company. With regard to the government insurance–Medicaid/Medicare, then premium payment for those plans are the government responsibility. Unless the country demands a “single payer” system, private companies must collect the monthly insurance payments.

  • Lorehead

    Are these people who signed up in February and March? It seems hard to believe that there are a significant number of people who’d sign up for health care and not pay the bills.

  • jerry bouchet

    Have you ever known the Obummer regime to get their figures right? Their propaganda machine runs wide open all the time makes North Korea look honest.

  • OrthoStice

    And, it may be higher.

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