The administration and the liberal supporters of the administration are celebrating the 7.1 million people who signed up for Obamacare. Most of the media are accepting the claim of 7.1 million as gospel and reporting the news with a straight face if not with glee. The truth is we don't know how many net new people got covered by insurance.
In Tennessee alone, 82,000 people lost their private insurance plans due to Obamacare and in October Forbes magazine said 92 million Americans would be unable to keep their plans under Obamacare. How many of those ended up enrolling on an exchange? Due to the Obamacare prohibitions on limited-benefit plans, TnCover was no discontinued by the State and 16,000 lost coverage. Also, due to Obamacare, most child-only insurance plans have been discontinued.
Of the 7.1 million we don't know how many actually sent in a premium. We don't know how many were ordering insurance on an exchange after they lost their private coverage. We don't know how many were covered by programs like TnCover and we don't know how many were covered by programs like Bridges to Care. Also, we don't know if those who did sign up were young and health which the programs needs in order for it to work, or if they were the expensive to serve sick and dying.
For all we know there may have been a net loss of people covered by insurance under Obamacare. Unfortunately, the Obamamedia are not going to dig for the truth and the administration is still not providing answers.
Here is Charles Krauthammer's commentary on the 7.1 million phony number.