The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental plans in a number it reported for enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, an unpublicized detail that helped surpass a goal for 7 million sign-ups.
Without the dental plans, the federal government would have had 6.97 million people with medical insurance under the law known as Obamacare, investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform committee calculated, using data they obtained from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Federal officials said in September they had 7.3 million people enrolled in coverage through new government-run insurance exchanges. They didn’t distinguish between medical and dental plans, breaking from previous practice without notice.
Blending dental and medical plans let the administration assert that enrollment remained greater than 7 million, the original projection of the Congressional Budget Office. The move also partly obscured the attrition of more than 1 million in the number of people enrolled in medical insurance.
The Administration is saying this was a mistake and the liberal bloggers are spinning, spinning spinning. The main talking point is that Obamcare basically met its goal (6.97 million vs. 7 million) and that, hey, lots of people are now insured. But saying that you met your goal (almost) is a huge political difference from saying you exceeded your goal, especially in … wait for it … the run up to an election.
They’re lying. They always lie. They’re just getting caught now.