HHS Clueless About How Many Previously Uninsured Signed Up For Obamacare


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The Department of Health and Human Services has no clue how many previously uninsured Americans have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare. They aren’t even trying to find out. Why am I not the least bit surprised?

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the health care law will reduce the number of uninsured people by about 24 million over the next few years, and that about 6 million previously uninsured people will gain coverage through the law’s exchanges this year. So, is enrollment on track to meet that goal? Overall enrollment is looking pretty decent, but how many of the people who have signed up were previously uninsured?

“That’s not a data point that we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way,” Cohen told the insurance-industry crowd on Thursday when asked how many of the roughly 4 million enrollees were previously uninsured.

Wasn’t the whole point of Obamacare supposed to be to help the uninsured, and they aren’t even bothering to find out if they’re meeting that goal? Maybe they’re lying and they really do know but the number is embarrassingly low so they’re keeping it quiet.