On the debut of ObamaCare, more health insurance plans were cancelled than there were new enrollments.
The Daily Caller reports, “More than 4.7 million Americans had their health insurance canceled as a result of any of the thousand-plus-page law’s new rules ... but the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Tuesday that between federal and state exchanges, just two million Americans have signed up for ObamaCare coverage.”
The Obama administration has announced a net loss of at least three million insurance plans. On Sunday morning, the White House stated that just 1.1 million people have used the federal ObamaCare website to sign up for the president’s healthcare network.
“More than 1.1 million people enrolled in a qualified health plan via the Federally-facilitated Marketplace from October 1 to December 24, with more than 975,000 of those enrolling this month alone,” said a 6 a.m. statement from Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The figures are just two thirds of the 3.3 million goal set for December 31, and just one-third of the seven million customers needed by March 31 of this year.
Because of the paltry figures, the White House is now backing away from that benchmark of seven million enrolled by March. The White House now claims that was never their target number.
And the total signups are three million less than the five million people who lost their health insurance policies before Christmas as a result of ObamaCare. The Daily Caller adds, “The minus 3 million is only partially offset by the extension of Medicaid coverage to perhaps 2 million other people, few of whom earn enough to afford commercial insurance.”
Millions of Americans lost their plans because those plans failed to meet the requirements of the new healthcare law. The Daily Caller reports, “All plans must include maternity coverage, for example — including plans for men and post-menopausal women. Even customers without children must purchase plans that cover pediatric services. Other newly established essential benefits include hospitalization, mental-health services and preventive and wellness services.”
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