The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, just keeps getting better and better. As long as this thing is in existence, I don't think there will ever be a shortage of jokes for late-night comedians, or for commentary on this blog.
I have actually been quite surprised at just how much of a boondoggle Obamacare has been so far. I expected it to be a disaster, but I figured it would take longer for the disaster to come to fruition. But instead of looking at this as a disaster, I look at it as an opportunity for educating others on how government programs never live up to their promises.
The latest news is that, as of early November, just over 106,000 people had chosen a health insurance plan from the new "marketplaces". About three quarters of the people who signed up did it through a state program. Only about one quarter was actually through the federal website.
These numbers are absolutely abysmal, at least from the standpoint of the Obama administration and Obamacare supporters. We live in a country of over 300 million people. It is usually the Democrats who are crying that 40 million (or pick some random number around there) Americans are without health insurance.
If only about 100,000 people sign up each month, then every American should be insured in about 33 years, assuming the population doesn't grow at all.
Another way to look at this is that one person has signed up for every 2,900 people or so living in the U.S. So if you talk to 2,900 people, then you should find one person who has signed up, statistically speaking.
But the news just gets better and better.
This figure of 106,000 people doesn't mean they have actually paid for anything. It just means these people have put a plan in their "shopping cart". Based on this reasoning, I guess Amazon can now count quarterly sales for products that people placed in their carts but never actually purchased. Amazon, just like Obamacare, can just assume that if someone placed an item in their cart, that they will eventually pay for it.
This article says that almost one million people successfully applied for insurance during the first month, but had yet to enroll in a specific plan. Doesn't this make it even worse? It means that people didn't like what they saw. It means people were shopping for a product, but found that the products were too expensive for what they were worth.
Obamacare is Obama's legacy at this point. It is a joke, just the way Obama's presidency has been.
Obamacare is going to end the career of many Democrats next year. Unfortunately, we will get Republicans in their place.