January is going to be an ugly month for ObamaCare....
The administration and its liberal allies love to cite their new, severely massaged, set of November numbers. If they're to be believed, as of November 30th 365,000 people have signed up for private insurance through ObamaCare. Most of these came from state-run exchanges, with the majority hailing from California and New York. For a moment, let's set aside the fact that this number is probably inflated. We'll also ignore the fact that it counts "people who have selected a plan" as enrollees, and we'll overlook the fact that 41 states have enrollment numbers that are, at their best, in the four-figure range.
We'll just go with the 365,000.
365,000 enrollees means that, since its launch, ObamaCare has managed to "enroll" just over a million people - if you count 800,000 Medicaid signups. However, as we all know, enrollees in private plans are not insured until they actually make a payment. Last week, CNN reported that at least one insurer in Indiana was seeing a payment rate of only about 20%. Since we all know CNN likes to paint as rosy a picture of the ACA as possible, that horrible number actually seemed a bit...optomistic.