TPM’s Josh Marshall: At least 10 million now have coverage because of Obamacare

January 03, 2014 0 Comments

At least 10 million now have coverage because of Obamacare & number keeps rising. Hoping for failure bad longterm proposition for GOP.


Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 03, 2014

Ten million now have coverage because of Obamacare? The last we’d heard from the Department of Health and Human Services, only 2.1 million had signed up for plans through HealthCare.gov and state insurance exchanges — and the administration still isn’t saying how many of those have actually paid for coverage and how many have simply selected a plan.

Another 3.9 million people were determined eligible for Medicare in October and November, although again, as the Atlantic points out, it’s not clear how many have actually enrolled.

So where does the extra 4 million come from? Well, if you count those 26 and under who are now able to stay on their parents’ insurance plans, you add another 3 million, according to HHS. Certainly, though, some of those twenty-somethings must have had their own insurance plans.

@joshtpm 10 million huh? Care to provide breakdown of Medicaid / privately insured or just leave it at a nice big 10 million?—
Zachary Hanover (@zhanover) January 03, 2014

@zhanover genius, I have almost 90k followers. Thinks it's possible I missed one of yr tweets? Went back & looked. Simple …—
Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 03, 2014

@zhanover ver 2 mill priv via exchanges, over 4 mill thru Medicaid, over 3 million sub-26 thru rents. Remainder=ACA policies direct from cos—
Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 03, 2014

@joshtpm I was wondering where your 10 mil figure was coming from. You're including under 26 via parents. That answered my question.—
Zachary Hanover (@zhanover) January 03, 2014

@joshtpm Haven't seen most news outlets include under 26 data in their enrollment numbers. It's a dubious data point. Why are you?—
Zachary Hanover (@zhanover) January 03, 2014

@zhanover correct because what do u call a 24 yr old covered under sub 26 policy? "Covered" … Afraid u don't get to pick what counts—
Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 03, 2014

It’s true: only the administration gets to pick what “counts,” even if it means the government creates an “expanded definition” of “enrolled.” Ten million, though? That’s a stretch not even Kathleen Sebelius and HHS were willing to make on their conference call with reporters Tuesday, when they claimed 9 million newly covered.

Now who wants to count the millions whose insurance plans were canceled because of Obamacare?

Related:

Kathleen Sebelius gushes that ‘today, there are millions of newly insured Americans!’Follow @twitchyteam





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