Not only are rates skyrocketing, but there are discrepancies in the records that make it impossible to say what many people are supposed to be paying now. While the Obama Administration has boasted in eight million enrollees, there are problems with at least a quarter of them.
The Daily Signal reports,
Officials found data from application forms not matching what was in federal records, which could affect how much consumers pay for their health plans or if they are even legally eligible for benefits, AP reported. It suggested the final number of enrollees affected could be higher.
President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, gave taxpayer-funded subsidies to eligible Americans for buying health insurance plans on federal and state-run online exchanges.
The Obama administration announced last month that 8.01 million Americans selected a plan.
Assuming that all those who signed up also started paying premiums—which the government has yet to verify—at least one-fourth of those plans have data issues.
Government officials acknowledged to The Washington Post last month that more than 1 million of those enrolled in Obamacare plans may have received incorrect subsidies, and that the government was unable to fully fix the errors. Health policy analysts had warned that enrollees could be forced to pay back subsidies if the government mistakenly gave them too much.
One might wonder why the White House made it seem like it would be so easy. They said they could provide greater efficiency by getting everyone onto the healthcare exchanges. But now it seems like the exchanges have produced a mess for consumers. According to AP, this could even involve prosecutions for violations of perjury law.
It’s not the only paperwork mess for the health law. Roll Call reported that, based on its 50-state survey, at least 2.9 million Americans who signed up for Medicaid as part of the Obamacare enrollment push have not had their applications processed. Some applications have been stuck in queues since last fall, the newspaper said.
So it looks like we have five million Americans whose lives are going to be seriously hurt by the Affordable Care Act—at a minimum.
I’m sorry for the pain, but if we have to suffer in order to come to our senses then so be it. And if we are going to be in pain from Obamacare, we can pray the White House finds no way to delay that pain until after the 2014 elections. Ultimately, if Republicans take the Senate, most of the credit will go to Obamacare.