Barack Obama declared Tuesday that his signature medical insurance overhaul was a success, saying it’s made America’s health care system ‘a lot better’ but buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality.
Percentages from a hush-hush RAND Corporation study that’s been kept under wraps suggests that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.
Press secretary Jay Carney will only say ‘we’re aggregating a lot of data’ when asked how many enrollees have paid for coverage, Carney also dodged questions about the damning study that showed very few Obamacare customers were uninsured before the law took effect.
Carney, fresh from greeting his hometown world-champion Boston Red Sox, bragged about the administration’s signup totals — but hid the ball on thorny questions that could unravel the celebration
Barack Obama spoke about Affordable Care Act enrollment totals at the White House but took no questions, as Vice President Joe Biden stood by wordlessly and applauded
Obama took no questions from reporters, but celebrated the end of a rocky six-month open-enrollment period by taking pot shots at Republicans who have opposed the law from the beginning as a government-run seizure of one-seventh of the U.S. economy. ‘The debate over repealing this law is over,’ he insisted. ‘The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.’
Obama also chided conservatives ‘who have based their entire political agenda on repealing it,’ and praised congressional Democrats for their partisan passage of the law without a single GOP vote.
‘We could not have done it without them, and they should be proud of what they’ve done,’ Obama boasted, in a clear nod to November’s contentious elections in which Republicans are expected to make large gains on an anti-Obamacare platform because of the law’s general lack of popularity.