Video: Fallon rips ObamaCare victory lap by White House

posted at 12:41 pm on April 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

When Jay Leno left the Tonight Show on NBC, some wondered whether the show would still target the Obama administration for its satirical look at current events. At least last night, new host Jimmy Fallon provided an answer. After Barack Obama took a victory lap with the announcement of 7.1 million enrollments through the system by its March 31st deadline, Fallon responded by noting that “it’s amazing what you can achieve when you make something mandatory, and fine people if they don’t do it — and keep extending the deadline for months”:

Just how solid are those numbers? Forbes’ Avik Roy looks at an LA Times report of a RAND study, and concludes that any celebration is premature at the very least:

If you’ve been a regular reader of this space, you know that the numbers routinely paraded by the Obama administration regarding Obamacare website sign-ups don’t tell us much about the actual number of uninsured individuals who have gained coverage. A new study from the RAND Corporation indicates that only one-third of exchange sign-ups were previously uninsured.

The RAND study hasn’t yet been published, but its contents were made available to Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times. RAND also estimates that 9 million individuals have purchased health plans directly from insurers, outside of the exchanges, but that “the vast majority of these people were previously insured.”

The RAND report appears to corroborate the work of other surveys. Earlier this month, McKinsey reported that 27 percent of those signing up for coverage on the individual market were previously uninsured.

Yesterday, the Daily Mail reported that the number might be a lot lower when taking into account who has actually paid their premiums to complete the enrollment process:

A triumphant President Barack Obama declared his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America’s health care system ‘a lot better.’ But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged Rose Garden appearance is a more unsettling reality.

Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest 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.

Others were already insured, including millions who lost coverage when their existing policies were suddenly cancelled because they didn’t meet Obamacare’s strict minimum requirements.

If true, that would mean that the final number of previously uninsured to successfully complete an enrollment in private health insurance would come to about 2.5% of the 40 million Democrats claimed needed ObamaCare in the first place. That number does make some sense, as ObamaCare market disruptions threw 5-6 million out of their existing plans. The 7 million figure — even if that represented total successful enrollments — would barely be break even in that context.

Small wonder Fallon was laughing, and his audience along with him.


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Tools can become untools? Maybe there’s hope for Fallon.

22044 on April 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

And we didn’t make a hard sell. We didn’t have billions of dollars of commercials like some critics did.

Goebbels laughs his dead azz off.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Obama created or saved 10 million insurance policies.

tdarrington on April 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

The previously insured were merely “shovel ready” enrollees.

tdarrington on April 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest 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.

Fierce moral urgency of getting 40 million without health insurance signed up.

rbj on April 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Read this, fer sure.

But recall this, which brilliant MM forgot.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Jimmy Fallon? Yup, racist. Especially since he announced the pickup he’s going to buy is an F-150 King Ranch.

Ward Cleaver on April 2, 2014 at 12:47 PM

That Drudge captioned Biden/obama with “April Fools” was the best schadenfreude of the year.

Kerry will not deny the Iranian thug the UN post visa, because he likes that Iran laughs openly at obama/the USA.

The majority of US Americans are sheeple in the self-made Nation of Idiots.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:48 PM

…math…is hard!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Heh, wait until those 7.1 million people try to start getting “healthcare”.

redguy on April 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

That ‘victory lap’ was little more than a cross between kabuki theater and a progressive-fascist April Fool’s on the country.

It looks as if Fallon wasn’t fooled by the April Fool’s announcement. Unfortunately, far too many people probably were fooled.

Oh, and no, the Ministry of Truth (mainstream media) wasn’t fooled. They were on the inside to help perpetrate the fraud on the American people.

Athos on April 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Shine more light on the fact that Hillary and obama, Michelle obama too, remain silent on CAIR attempting to forbid the movie which depicts muzzie treatment of women…just because the movie is made by Jews.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Fallon responded by noting that “it’s amazing what you can achieve when you make something mandatory, and fine people if they don’t do it — and keep extending the deadline for months”

“And you lie through your white teeth” — Goebbels, who loves the WH bunch

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:51 PM

And we didn’t make a hard sell. We didn’t have billions of dollars of commercials like some critics did.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

That’s my favorite line from the Sham Wow II speech. Especially the follow-on bit where the rat-eared wonder suggests that Obamacare sold itself once “folks” got online and saw what it could do for them.

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Limbaugh just played a devastating sound bite assembled after this propaganda event-it had at least 20 different mouthpieces for the Democrat Media orgasming over this.

Each and every one of them, without exception, used the words “victory lap”.

As Rush says, there is no news and no journalism any more. Just Democrat Propaganda.

Del Dolemonte on April 2, 2014 at 12:52 PM

“The individual shared responsibility payment”, aka the mandate…and you tell me how Goebbels doesn’t orgasm all over his grave.

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Let me guess … slow day on the Internet?

chuckh on April 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Each and every one of them, without exception, used the words “victory lap”.

As Rush says, there is no news and no journalism any more. Just Democrat Propaganda.

Del Dolemonte on April 2, 2014 at 12:52 PM

What they all really meant by “victory lap” was “lap wetting”.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Let me guess … slow day on the Internet?

chuckh on April 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Check your priorities and your brain…wait, you’re a gnat…

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

How came the trolls’ noms are all computer generated?

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Talking points, Del, talking points.

Rush has been doing those montages for years, showing how the Left circles their wagons, gets their marching orders, and parrots the catchphrase of the day. Rush has often admonished as well, that he does those not simply to mock their hypocrisy, but in the hopes that some of their useful idiots will wake up and realize how they’re being used.

Quite the humanitarian, that Limbaugh.

Unlike the Left, who send death wishes to cancer patients for opposing Dear Leader.

Freelancer on April 2, 2014 at 12:58 PM

April fools is on you, the taxpayers.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I missed the ObamaCare campaign that said we needed to plant another time bomb in the U.S. economy because the nation desperately needed seven (point one) million people to get a different insurance plan.

IndieDogg on April 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Be reminded of 2010. It was the TEA party which took the hammer out of Pelosi’s claws.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:01 PM

From the NYT

From January until the end of March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the HealthCare.gov site and administers the Affordable Care Act, will have spent $52 million on paid media, officials said.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

If obama would have applied the 700 million he wasted on advertising obama’care’ he’d have treated lots of the ‘uninsured’, alas.

obama hates the poor and the middle class.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

The most un-American of all the presidents

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

If you’ve been a regular reader of this space, you know that the numbers routinely paraded by the Obama administration regarding Obamacare website sign-ups

Those are not “sign-ups” Those fake numbers are:

insurance plans created or saved on web shopping carts

But … it doesn’t matter. Barky and his retard junta are allowed to get away with any and all sorts of ineptitude, lying, criminal behavior, abject anti-Americanism and general incompetence. It would be raaaaacist to not allow the 84 IQ, dog-eating little Jakarta street kid to pretend that he isn’t the most inept, retarded, treasonous loser of a political figure the Western world has ever seen. He is The Precedent, after all. Our own half-wit Sukarno clone …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

The most un-American of all the presidents “other Presidents on the dollar bills”

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Translated to Ivy League Barky-speak for you :)

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM

….has he had a conservative guest yet?

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The material is good, but this guy is lousy at telling jokes. No personality at all.

whatcat on April 2, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Pfttt. Too little, too late Jimmy.

Clink on April 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

q: What does a Jimmy Fallon?

a: His knees in front of Chicago Jesus.

Some executive told them to ‘mix it up a little in the monologue’ as they were losing market share in flyover land. Fallon can keep on sucking it for all I care.

M240H on April 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Let me guess … slow day on the Internet?

chuckh on April 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Let me guess-slow day for your two remaining brain cells?

Sorry, but the chuckg Unit was much funnier.

INCOMPLETE

Del Dolemonte on April 2, 2014 at 1:25 PM

That was a criticism of liberalism itself.

John the Libertarian on April 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Obama is so happy that people are choosing to sign up for something he’s forcing them to do!

Barakingham Palace on April 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Good ol’…

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Yep, a Rose Garden announcement instead of press conference. Don’t want any of those pesky questions surfacing, now, do we?

HiJack on April 2, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I don’t give a rat’s a$$ (and we all know what rat I’m talking about, ears and all). I won’t even bother recording the show, let alone staying up to watch it, because the guy is just another liberal. Just another Letterman, but not as angry.

HiJack on April 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Every press conference should bring up the question. “When are you going to release the numbers of those who actually paid?”

HiJack on April 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Goebbels laughs his dead azz off.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

The minutes I caught of the press conference, I wondered … does Obama lie about EVERYTHING? And he displayed his typical attitude; he was smug, supercilious, sh*t-eating grin, and against those who disagreed with him he was mocking, ridiculing, denigrating.

Did I mention he lied? Not sure if I mentioned that. He lied, and lied, and lied.

LashRambo on April 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Fallon must have retained some of Leno’s writers.

Herod on April 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM

He is still on the Tonight Show?

Wade on April 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

More fun to come when all those new “sign-ups” actually try to use their O-Care policies, and find out that those “free” doctor visits come with a big deductible and co-pay. (That’s assuming they can even find a doctor to see them, since their provider networks will be so small). Then there is the IRS case coming down the road, which could end up cutting off O-Care customers from their juicy taxpayer subsidy checks if they live in one of the 30+ states without a state-created exchange. Those over-priced O-Care policies don’t seem like such a bargain when you have to pay for them with your own money, rather than relying on a big fat subsidy check from the U.S. Treasury.

This time next year, those “victory” dances over the O-Care debacle are going to look pretty damn silly.

AZCoyote on April 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Mission Accomplished. Spike that football, Joe Biden.

stefano1 on April 2, 2014 at 2:06 PM

More fudge numbers from the Obama administrations — Obamacare caused the cancellation of 5 million plus POLICIES, which likely covered multiple people (like my husband’s policy covers me and our kids), so the number of people who lost coverage is certainly much bigger than 5 million.

In comparison, Obama is now measuring the number of PEOPLE who signed up.

Apples to oranges.

LASue on April 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM

He is still on the Tonight Show?

Wade on April 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

No kiddin.
We’ve caught a couple portions of Fallon’s Tonight Show – just not funny. Wastes far too much time on stupid gag bits.
I’d be surprised to see him last a full year.

dentarthurdent on April 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM

The previously insured were merely “shovel ready” enrollees.

tdarrington on April 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM

All enrollees are ‘shovel ready’, as in start digging your own graves suckers!

Anyone who liked their policy/doctor, etc. should get their shovel out. Anyone who had cancer and now can’t afford their ‘health care’, well, too bad. Get that shovel out and start digging.

We all know they’re a bunch of liars who are being paid by the Koch brothers!

It’s much more important to provide ‘women’s health benefits’ to sluts like Sandra Fluke (as if her genetics weren’t a built-in contraceptive).

Yeah, get your shovels out, ’cause we’re all going to hell in a hand basket. Last one there is a rotten racist Republican egg. Although, with the burning sulfur, the judging is going to be difficult.

ZeusGoose on April 2, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Were his ratings not up to par or something? I can’t believe this is sincere.

PattyJ on April 2, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Of course it makes perfect sense to do a victory dance with 7.1 million questionable enrollments – when the entire ACA was predicated on the premise that there are nearly 50 million uninsured here in America.

Logic his hard!

Hill60 on April 2, 2014 at 2:19 PM

This was funny. Not a big fan of Fallon, but he was good in the vid.

RI_Red on April 2, 2014 at 2:29 PM

The material is good, but this guy is lousy at telling jokes. No personality at all.

whatcat on April 2, 2014 at 1:17 PM

This is literally the first time I’ve ever seen anything other than a still photograph of the guy. Does anyone even own a TV anymore? I haven’t had one in at least ten years.

WhatSlushfund on April 2, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Remember this is the guy that “Slow Jammed” the news with Barry; I think he lost his script and accidentally used one of Leno’s…….

billintex on April 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM

I’ve been leaving Fallon on after the news in the evening mainly because I don’t get off the computer soon enough to put anything else on. He always says something to lampoon the administration. I don’t watch after the monologue. As for not being funny. I’m sure that’s how he got his job in the first place. He must have been a stand-up comic.

crankyoldlady on April 2, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Good bumper sticker sighted recently:

“Liberalism – ideas so good they have to be made mandatory”

Cleombrotus on April 2, 2014 at 5:49 PM

More fudge numbers from the Obama administrations — Obamacare caused the cancellation of 5 million plus POLICIES, which likely covered multiple people (like my husband’s policy covers me and our kids), so the number of people who lost coverage is certainly much bigger than 5 million.

In comparison, Obama is now measuring the number of PEOPLE who signed up.

Apples to oranges.

LASue on April 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM

It’s even worse than that. My (fortune 500) company complied with the law AS WRITTEN. That means I lost my policy at the end of 2012. There’s no way my company is alone. And yet, I’ve heard not one word from anyone about the people who have already lost their plans due to the employer mandate (which is still legally enforceable by the administration, should they choose to destroy a large company as an example of what happens when you’re too rich).

Further, did anyone really doubt they were going to announce 7 million as the number come the end of March, regardless of how many there actually were? It doesn’t matter to these people how many people get health insurance, it matters how many people they can make believe they aren’t constantly lying.

Anyone remember the 2012 election, when we were told no president has ever been re-elected with unemployment above 8%? I knew 2 years before the election that, no matter what the jobs situation was in reality, by October of 2012 unemployment would be “reported” as being under 8%.

These crooks aren’t really hard to figure out. But they’re here to stay, and no one has the guts to stop them anymore.

runawayyyy on April 3, 2014 at 4:26 PM