the White House has finally released the numbers on Obamacare. Don't
get me wrong we still don't know exactly what they are, but they have
been released to the public. It all depends on what the meaning of
enrollment is. The total number released is a little over one hundred
thousand. But as predicted they include people who did not really
purchase a plan they only put one in their shopping cart and did not
complete the check out. So how many of them did actually buy a plan? We
don't know they didn't tell us. How many of them do they expect to buy a
plan? We don't know they didn't tell us.
But we do know about
one quarter or 27,000 of the enrollments came from the Fed
Healthcare.gov site. Of those over 8000 were completed via paper
enrollment forms, no WWW for you. Out of the 100K who enrolled less than
70,000 came from the 14 state web sites (which worked just fine) for an
average of 2500 people per state. That of course is a skewed number
since Alaska only had 53 people enroll, and California had 36,000. So
what are the real enrollment numbers per state? We don't know they
didn't tell us. Maybe they will, its early.
We do however know
that almost 400,000 people have been made eligible for free medical
coverage under Medicaid. So we now have 4 times as many folks will get
their coverage paid for by the rest of us and the 100,000 who may or may
not purchase a plan. Not bad for the first month or so. Just think how
many there will be by March 2014.
So is this the end of
Obamacare? Of course not, ask any Democrat not up for election and its a
great thing they can't wait for. The President is feeling good about it
all. "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters he had a long
conversation with Obama on Tuesday night, and said he feels "very
comfortable" that the website will be fixed."
So the web site
will be working just fine in a couple of weeks or six months, opinions
vary, and those enrollments will come pouring in. Operators are standing
by for your call.