Only 11% of ObamaCare signups previously uninsured?

posted at 11:01 am on January 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the uninsured in America contributed to the “fierce urgency of now” that demanded that the federal government seize control of health insurance? Only with top-down federal control of that market would those uninsured gain coverage. Since that was the case, we should expect that the new enrollees sign-ups would tilt heavily toward the uninsured.

Instead, the Wall Street Journal reports, they may be as low as 11% of sign-ups (via United Liberty):

Early signals suggest the majority of the 2.2 million people who sought to enroll in private insurance through new marketplaces through Dec. 28 were previously covered elsewhere, raising questions about how swiftly this part of the health overhaul will be able to make a significant dent in the number of uninsured.

Insurers, brokers and consultants estimate at least two-thirds of those consumers previously bought their own coverage or were enrolled in employer-backed plans.

The data, based on surveys of enrollees, are preliminary. But insurers say the tally of newly insured consumers is falling short of their expectations, a worrying trend for an industry looking to the law to expand the ranks of its customers.

About 48 million Americans were uninsured in 2012. The health law is expected to cut 25 million from that total by expanding state-run Medicaid programs and the pool of privately insured people who buy through state marketplaces, also called exchanges.

Only 11% of consumers who bought new coverage under the law were previously uninsured, according to a McKinsey & Co. survey of consumers thought to be eligible for the health-law marketplaces. The result is based on a sampling of 4,563 consumers performed between November and January, of whom 389 had enrolled in new insurance.

Part of the difference is probably related to the actual status of the uninsured. Most of them were uninsured by choice or uninsured in transition, according to US Census Bureau data available in 2009. The estimate of those uninsured by economic circumstances and not covered by Medicaid was 14 million at most. That was about 5% of the American population, rather than the 16% assumed in the 48 million number.

When seen from that perspective, 11% looks a little like overperformance — if we see these as final numbers. But of course, they’re not the final figures, but the people who first came into the system. One would expect that the 14 million previously uninsured would have either enrolled right away in either the Medicaid expansion or the Healthcare.gov system. Instead, we’re at 2.2 million for private insurance sign-ups (not confirmed enrollments), and 3.9 million enrolling in Medicaid over the last quarter, which may or may not be too far off the regular pace of enrollments.

What we definitely aren’t seeing is a mad rush for government-run health insurance, such as we’d see if the problem of the uninsured was as dire as it had been advertised to be. And what we have seen is that the government solution to lack of insurance has thrown more people out of their existing insurance than it has solved the problems of the uninsured by a very wide margin. It’s yet another facet of this disaster that has become painfully obvious to anyone paying attention.

By the way, for those who aren’t rushing to sign up in Healthcare.gov, what’s the main impediment? A majority of 52% say … affordability.  Wasn’t that supposed to be the point behind the Affordable Care Act?

While we muse on that, let’s also ask this question: Were there no American firms who could rescue what the Obama administration screwed up?

President Obama spent $831 billion of taxpayer money on a stimulus plan for the economy. He gave nearly $50 billion in aid to GM to keep it afloat. He lost $500 million on energy company Solyndra. All in the name of saving jobs.

Yet when it comes to his own signature initiative, the president doesn’t care about American workers. He’s outsourced ObamaCare.

After the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, the administration hired Accenture as the new lead contractor. The deal is estimated to be worth $90 million and is now in the hands of the poster boy for global labor arbitrage and offshore tax havens.

Accenture has 80,000 Indian workers, 35,000 in the Philippines and only 40,000 in the United States. Over 40 percent of their worth comes from outsourcing. In all probability, the tech jobs awarded under this contract and paid for with US tax dollars are going abroad.

“In all probability” doesn’t mean “confirmed.” This is conjecture, but conjecture based on numbers. Besides, this is the very thing for which Team Obama attacked Mitt Romney in 2012, is it not?


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It’s because the uninsured are racist.

NotCoach on January 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The O-care drip, after drip, after drip; the gift which keeps on giving to the Republicans.

A.S.R. on January 20, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Only 11% of ObamaCare signups previously uninsured?

Any bets on how much even a pathetic 11% is a lie????

BigWyo on January 20, 2014 at 11:06 AM

obama is the president for the illegal aliens.

He hates the US workers and especially the middle and lower classes.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Besides, this is the very thing for which Team Obama attacked Mitt Romney in 2012, is it not?

It sure is, and don’t forget this:

Tech companies argue they need H-1B visas because there aren’t enough qualified American engineers, yet the facts do not bear this out. In truth there is no tech worker shortage or lack of skills and talent in America. The real motivation of offshore outsourcing companies like Accenture is cost. They use H-1B and other guest-worker visas to pay less wages than they would have to pay an equivalent American worker.

So when a major company pays a fraction of what the work is worth to slave labor, and make no mistake, H1′s are slaves, who benefits from that saving in payroll expense? Who gets the staggering bonus?

You guessed it, senior management. Speaking of them Friday or Saturday Obama suspended another rule in ZeroCare that requires companies to offer the same exact insurance to all their employees regardless of their position within the company, thus making sure that CEO’s VP’s etc all have the same insurance as the grunts.

dogsoldier on January 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM

FTA:

Accenture is so bad, they paid a foreign guest worker $25,113 per year — for the title of “chief programmer.” Typically chief programmers make six figures in the United States.

dogsoldier on January 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM

man it sure would be nice if some democrats rejoined the citizenry wouldn’t it? Remember Nixon getting the tap on the shoulder from his own party?

DanMan on January 20, 2014 at 11:11 AM

The ‘kids’ are in their mother’s apron until 26, or smart enough not to fall for all the lies and bs.

The others are simply obama-phone morons.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Why do even Conservative media continue to give Obamism and his Regime the benefit of the doubt that they’re telling us the truth, and then are dismayed when we discover they’re lying out their a$$es.

STOP giving them the benefit of the doubt. They’ve proven time after time after time after time that they aren’t being honest, about anything. They aren’t telling us the truth, about anything.

They AREN’T going to “do the right thing”, as they’ve proven on many occasions.

They AREN’T good people that are trying to improve things and make your life better. Obama and his regime are just the opposite. As they’ve proven already.

Meople on January 20, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Remember when the uninsured in America contributed to the “fierce urgency of now” that demanded that the federal government seize control of health insurance?

No, I don’t remember that. I do remember when the filthy despicable rat-eared bastard in the White House made the claim that there was some kind of crisis or something. But he’s a liar, worthless human being, bad father, and disgrace to his race.

Bottom line here: If Obamacare is such a good deal, why aren’t people rushing to sign up?

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2014 at 11:20 AM

11%.
11% of not very many is still about nothing…

albill on January 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

ForWard,….Yes We Can,…..Four More Years!!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Insurer death spirals in 3…2…1..!

redware on January 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Remember when the uninsured in America contributed to the “fierce urgency of now” that demanded that the federal government seize control of health insurance?
=============

Like yesterday,..ASAP,…its Critically like Now!!

canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

It’s because the uninsured are racist.

NotCoach on January 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Thread winner. Close it up.

Rational Thought on January 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Any bets on how much even a pathetic 11% is a lie????

BigWyo on January 20, 2014 at 11:06 AM

That’s a sucker’s bet right there.

Lanceman on January 20, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Why are we outsourcing this…cheaper labor…

Union uproar?

*crickets*

workingclass artist on January 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

So, 89% are signing up after they’ve lost their current coverage?

Eek.

socalcon on January 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Good Lt on January 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

It can only get better ….. right ?

listens2glenn on January 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Unless the Obamacare crap insurance cost is less than the penalty cost then only few people who were uninsured will sign up… The money and sense here so very simple that even the dumbest of the dumb understand it…

mnjg on January 20, 2014 at 11:34 AM

If it were not for hypocrisy, King Barack would have nothing.

GarandFan on January 20, 2014 at 11:50 AM

His new and truer motto s/b

Hope ‘n Dope

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Only 11% of consumers who bought new coverage under the law were previously uninsured

Bought?

“So we don’t know at this point how many people have actually paid for coverage?” asked a member of Congress.

“That’s right,” the CMS official conceded.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/official-no-one-knows-how-many-people-have-actually-paid-obamacare_774743.html#

lynncgb on January 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

In the words of the worlds smartest ma, Obama, “It is a tiny percentage of people that lost their insurance.”

jukin3 on January 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Expose this more, Ed

Under observation

NBC finally reports something that exposes the goons.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM

lynncgb on January 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Good catch…it is not 11% “bought”, it’s 11% signed up…

right2bright on January 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

After the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, the administration hired Accenture as the new lead contractor. The deal is estimated to be worth $90 million and is now in the hands of the poster boy for global labor arbitrage and offshore tax havens.

And Zero’s hypocrisy on this needs to be hammered relentlessly in 2016 by Cruz/Paul/Palin or similar that is the Republican nominee. Make fellow traveler Hitlary answer for it, too.

8 weight on January 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Instead, the Wall Street Journal reports, they may be as low as 11% of sign-ups

Welp, looks like Obama solved the problem of the uninsured…now off to solve income inequality.

AUINSC on January 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Holy crap, could this be any bigger of a mess?

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Chris of Rights on January 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Is the question; Do you currently have insurance on the application?

And if they say no, does that mean they were insured and lost it because of Obamacare or does it mean they have not had insurance in the last year or more?

Dasher on January 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Yes,but they(he)is collecting taxes to supplement 30 million so we need to watch where the money goes.

tim c on January 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Besides, this is the very thing for which Team Obama attacked Mitt Romney in 2012, is it not?

Hypocrisy from the Obama Administration?

Time for another Captain Renault award….

Once again, the ACA was never intended by its advocates and authors to ‘fix’ the healthcare industry challenges we face. It was never intended to really deliver insurance for the 45 million uninsured that were claimed…most of whom were uninsured by choice.

This entire legislation was ginned up to lock 1/6th of the national economy under the direct control of the federal government – and from that expansion of government authority and power, massively expand wealth redistribution in the name of ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice’.

Athos on January 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Were there no American firms who could rescue what the Obama administration screwed up?

Don’t forget that the firm that created “what the Obama administration screwed up” was CGI Federal, a wholly owned subsidiary of a Canadian company.

bgoldman on January 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Is there a link/source to the “52% don’t sign up due to affordability” statement?

stick on January 20, 2014 at 2:28 PM

So, 89% are signing up after they’ve lost their current coverage?

Eek.

socalcon on January 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

If you want people to eat a crap sandwich and sing its praises, make the alternative a nothing sandwich.

The Schaef on January 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Obama knew most people with insurance were conservative….

ObamaCare was designed to hurt the people who help themselves….

It was never designed for the “uninsured”.

redguy on January 20, 2014 at 2:48 PM

His new and truer motto s/b

Hope ‘n Dope

Schadenfreude

Love it, may I also suggest “Choom and Doom” ?

LonePalm on January 20, 2014 at 4:09 PM

In related news:

After firing CGI, no-bid contract for Obamacare site goes to firm whose former top researcher developed Obama campaign voter tracking

The Obama administration gave the latest no-bid Obamacare website contract to a company whose former top analytic researcher developed the complex voter-tracking computer strategies that led Obama to victory in 2012.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services, recently fired Obamacare website contractor CGI Federal after the botched website rollout that began in October — though CGI Federal still holds five major tech contracts with CMS that are valid for at least another year.

CMS replaced CGI Federal — which employs Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate and White House Christmas dinner guest Toni Townes-Whitley as a top executive — with another firm that has close links to Obama-world.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/20/after-firing-cgi-no-bid-contract-for-obamacare-site-goes-to-firm-that-ran-obama-campaign-tech/#ixzz2qymWq372

dogsoldier on January 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM

By the way, for those who aren’t rushing to sign up in Healthcare.gov, what’s the main impediment? A majority of 52% say … affordability. Wasn’t that supposed to be the point behind the Affordable Care Act?

And the other 48% don’t file a tax return.

BKeyser on January 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Remember when the uninsured people with preexisting conditions in America contributed to the “fierce urgency of now” that demanded that the federal government seize control of health insurance? Only with top-down federal control of that market would those uninsured people with preexisting conditions gain coverage. Since that was the case, we should expect that the new enrollees sign-ups enrollees in the Preexisting Condition Insurance Plane – PCIP – would tilt heavily toward the uninsured people with preexisting conditions, who couldn’t find an insurer willing to accept them.

The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance plan (PCIP) was launched in 2010 to provide stopgap coverage for those that needed it until Obamacare officially launched. Health and Human Services (HHS) first pushed the date back to January 31 and announced Tuesday evening that they’ll now extend the coverage until March 31, the final day of Obamacare’s open enrollment period.

Similar to the exchanges, some states run their own versions of the high-risk pool program, while others are part of a federal program. PCIP currently covers less than 30,000 participants between states and federal branches.

Hill60 on January 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM