Via Fox News:
The majority of the more than 2 million Americans who signed up for health insurance under ObamaCare through the end of December were already enrolled in employer-sponsored plans or had previously bought their own coverage, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
Early data from insurers, brokers and consultants suggest that the marketplaces are popular with consumers who were previously covered elsewhere, raising questions about a law intended to expand coverage to millions of healthy, uninsured Americans to help offset costs.
A survey by management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. found that only 11 percent of consumers who purchased new coverage under ObamaCare were previously uninsured. The survey was based on a sampling of 4,563 consumers between November and January, according to The Wall Street Journal.
HealthMarkets Inc., an insurance agency that signed up about 7,500 people in exchange plans, reported that 65 of its enrollees had prior coverage, the report said. Fifteen percent of enrollees had their individual plans canceled, and 40 percent switched over from previous individual plans.
“One of the intents of the law was to address the uninsured problem in our country,” David M. Cordani, chief executive of insurer Cigna told the newspaper. Some insurers said the early data on newly insured consumers is falling short of expectations.
Federal health officials told the newspaper they don’t yet know the number of people who have signed up for coverage through the exchanges who had insurance when they enrolled. Consumers have until the end of March 31 to purchase plans under ObamaCare.
Of course they don’t know, and even if they did, they’d lie their a**es off about actual numbers – something “federal officials” and Democrat politicos have been doing with regards to Obamacare since well before it was shoved down the throats of the American people.
Chalk this up as yet another story about a supposedly “unintended consequence” of this monstrosity of a law that outweighed any so-called “positives” from its passage. To date, more people who liked their coverage have lost it than have supposedly “signed up” for Obamacare – forcing them onto a plan they may not have preferred, the people who stayed on the plans they had often have had to pay higher premiums and/or deductibles, not enough young people are enrolling in Obamacare – which is needed to allegedly offset the higher costs of unhealthy people applying for insurance, while still others are signing up for the Medicaid part of Obamacare in alarmingly high numbers. And let’s not even get started on the emerging physician shortage.
There are other ways to “reform” the health care insurance system that would avoid most or all of that. Too bad the elitist leftists in charge have consistently refused to listen.