Has Obama got a healthcare deal for you

It’s fair to assume the number of actual sign-ups today is low. Last Wednesday, Delaware announced its first enrollee (she was in the Rose Garden Monday). The same day, Alaska topped that with seven reported enrollees, while Wisconsin said that fewer than 50 people had signed up. Friday, Oregon admitted that no Oregonian had purchased a private insurance plan, while South Dakota reported 23 enrollees. This Monday, North Dakota reported 20 sign-ups to date. …

Key estimates for other important ObamaCare provisions have already been moved. In March 2010, for example, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that three million people would lose their employer-provided health insurance. The CBO raised its estimate this year to eight million, while the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services suggest that figure will be 14 million.

That’s not all. Three years ago, the CBO estimated that the exchange’s fiscal year 2014 outlays would be $15 billion. That has since been raised to $24 billion—a 60% jump. In 2010, the law was estimated to cost $337 billion for fiscal year 2015 through 2019. The CBO has raised that to $420 billion.

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