The Obamacare Success that Wasn’t


Politico has the story, which includes this quote by the President on Monday:

“Today, I want to talk about how we’re going to get the marketplaces running at full steam,” Obama said in the address. “And I’m joined today by folks who have either benefited from the Affordable Care Act already, or who are helping their fellow citizens learn about what this law means for them and how they can get covered.”

The facts, however, are quite different. Politico’s count shows only two of the 13 people who were examples of the system working are actually covered (emphasis added):

Two have enrolled for coverage in a health insurance exchange plan, according to the background released by the White House. Janice Baker, who introduced Obama, has enrolled in Delaware through the federal site, getting coverage despite a pre-existing condition. David Hall, a self-employed resident of Washington, got coverage through the District of Columbia, which is running its own exchange.

Others who stood behind Obama included two people who just started the signup process by registering an account or starting an application. Five more are exploring their choices or are “looking forward” to signing up.

What’s particularly odd about this is that Politico’s information comes from the White House. Which means the President either didn’t know his facts or purposely misled with his representation of them.

Kudos to Politico, one of the most mainstream media organizations in D.C., for doing their due diligence in digging out this information.