The Triumph of Obamacare

I think it’s time for us on the blog to finally admit that Obamacare has been a roaring success, far in excess of what even the most optimistic supporters projected. I mean, just check out the numbers:

  • At least six million people have signed up for insurance on the exchanges, close to the seven million Obama hoped for. Now granted, only two million of those were previously uninsured; the rest were people who were already insured but had their plans — some of which they really liked and were much cheaper — cancelled because they weren’t compliant. And, granted, nine million previously insured people have bought policies by ignoring the marketplaces and dealing with insurance companies directly (which was a fairly typical number prior to Obamacare). But two million people! All we need is 24 more Obamacares and there will be no uninsured!
  • Actually, Obamacare is even better than that. About 4.5 million people have been swept into Medicaid. Now granted, Medicaid is not a very good insurance system. Many of the best doctors refuse to see Medicaid patients and Medicaid-intensive hospitals are some of the worst in the country. But still, that means only nine more Obamacares and we’ve got this uninsured problem licked!
  • Something less than a million people are uninsured right now because their insurance was cancelled by Obamacare regs. Meh. Serves them right for having jobs.
  • The CBO projected in February that 13 million more people would have insurance thanks to Obamacare. And here we are, two months later, and it’s looking we may actually have a whole third of that! A third! And almost all of that is by expanding the glorious Medicaid system!
  • We’ve gotten all this for the bargain basement price of, depending on who you believe, somewhere between $1 trillion and all the money in the world plus all the money on other planets that will be discovered by the James Webb Telescope. Now, granted, for that price, we could probably have bought high-deductible plans for all of the newly insured and given them a $5000 HSA to cover the deductible. That wouldn’t have disrupted anyone else’ insurance either. But then what would the poor bureaucrats do?
  • I think we all know the conclusion to draw from this: we need to now move to single payer. The success of Obamacare tells us that we need single payer. And the failure of Obamacare tells us that we need single payer. The canceling of perfectly legitimate insurance plans tells us we need single payer. The massive premium increases tells us we need single payer. Actually, when Venus is in the house of the ram, it tells us that we need single payer. When the sun rises in the east, we need single payer.

    We just need single payer dammit ‘cuz REASONS!

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    1. Seattle Outcast

      Wasn’t the “worst case scenario” around 9 million or so active, paying subscribers for the system to achieve minimum operational results?

      We don’t even know how many of that 6 million have actually started paying – those figures are either unavailable or not being released.

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    2. Hal_10000 *

      We don’t even know how many of that 6 million have actually started paying – those figures are either unavailable or not being released.

      There you go again, SO, bringing FACTS into it. Just trust to Obama. Stop thinking!

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    3. Hal_10000 *

      Obamcare has worked. It’s set a new standard for government programs.

      1) set goal A.
      2) claim that you’ll easily achieve A
      3) discover you won’t get anywhere close to A
      4) set goal B, where B is about a third of A.
      5) count anything you can document as progress toward goal B
      6) meet goal C, where C is much smaller than B
      7) proclaim victory!

      Helps if you have a compliant press.

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    4. Seattle Outcast

      Hal, that reminded me of the old Dilbert bit on the work cycle of all projects:

      1 Enthusiasm,
      2 Disillusionment
      3 Panic and hysteria
      4 Search for the guilty
      5 Punishment of the innocent
      6 Praise and honor for the nonparticipants

      Numbers 4 and 5 are always true…

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    5. Biggie G

      Weren’t we told that there were 45 million uninsured people in the US and because of this, we had to have comprehensive healthcare reform? Using the highest numbers given, we are barely insuring 20% of that number. How is that a success?

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    6. Hal_10000 *

      Exactly, Biggie. It’s infuriating to watch the Left Wing today gloating and grinning over seven million people being insured (five million of whom were already insured). We’re getting a quarter of what Obamacare promised when it was passed. If this is success, I’m terrified to see failure.

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    7. Xetrov

      Obama circa 2009 –

      We are not a nation that accepts nearly 46 million uninsured

      He forgot to say, “but anything under 45 million (because less than 2 million that signed up didn’t already have insurance), we accept, and celebrate.”

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    8. Xetrov

      Denied. http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/the-white-house-tried-to-get-network-primetime-on

      WASHINGTON — White House officials sought valuable primetime air for a rare, impromptu Tuesday night address to tout the accomplishment of signing up more than 7 million people under the Affordable Care Act.

      But network officials refused to make the kind of accommodation they did previously for the announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, for instance, and Obama was left instead cutting into the much smaller audiences of Ellen and other daytime shows.

      Three sources familiar with the request confirmed the White House asked for the primetime slot in their effort both to emphasize a bright moment following the challenging roll out and, more important, to try to reintroduce the country to a law that remains unpopular.

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    9. hist_ed

      The number of uninsured I kept hearing was 30 million. Which is exactly how many people will be uninsured after ten years of Bamacare according to the CBO. Was never about getting these people insurance.

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