As this historic open enrollment period enters its final days, more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces since October 1, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Those looking to get covered before the March 31st deadline still have time by visiting HealthCare.gov or by phone at 1-800-318-2596/TTY 1-855-889-4325. You can also find help in your community at localhelp.healthcare.gov. [HHS]
AFTER announcing earlier in the week there would be another deadline push for select individuals, HHS trumpeted that 6 million people had enrolled in ACA. Details are required.
It was met on Twitter by immediate derision, most notably by Ron Fournier, who got in a twitter debate with Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President and senior advisor, over what the 6 million number actually meant. It included a retweet of a picture of Bush during his “mission accomplished” photo op on the aircraft carrier.
Nobody beyond Democrats and partisans are going to give the Obama administration the benefit of the doubt on ACA, with Ron Fournier, who writes for the National Journal, having soured on all things Obamacare after the continual delays and other snafus with the rollout.
We should all hope there are 6 million signed up, though that’s clearly not the case in a midterm year where Republicans see a big opening to stop Obama’s presidency in its tracks.
The details of who paid, whether millennials or at least younger, healthy individuals are among the enrollees, and what percentage are Medicaid, matter.
We just don’t know.
It’s still a long way from a broken website.