Fewer Marylanders Insured Under Obamacare than Before
Despite the Obama administration’s claims to have met their Affordable Care Act enrollment goals this week, things in Maryland are not going well at all. In fact the numbers are showing that fewer people have health insurance now in Maryland than before Obamacare went into effect.
The enrollment numbers from Washington have always been deliberately vague. They won’t be clear on how many of the enrollees are young people, how many are people replacing plans that Obamacare forced out of existence or even how many people have actually paid for their insurance. From some of the past news reports you can start to piece together some of the clues and see that things look bad in Maryland. CNS News reports:
“According to our reports, according to AP, press accounts, 73,000 individuals in Maryland were going to lose their insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, and what you’re telling me is your revised goal is approximately the same number – 75,000. So your revised goal of people you’re gonna sign up is: We’re gonna sign up the people who were kicked off of the Affordable Care Act,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said.
As of today only 60,000 people have signed up in Maryland–a net loss of around 13,000 people.
People in Maryland are not happy about the new system either. An online poll from the Frederick News Post shows a clear majority of people giving the Affordable Care Act a failing grade. The Baltimore Sun reports:
Of more than 4,000 comments that accrued from the site’s launch on Oct. 1 through Dec. 12, only 15 were positive, according to an analysis by the Capital News Service at the Universityof Maryland, College Park. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s newswire obtained the feedback forms through a Public Information Act request.
The disastrous rollout of the health exchange website isn’t news. What was meant to be a big bullet point in Lt. Governor Anthony Brown’s otherwise scant resume was so poorly managed that the board of Maryland’s health exchange just voted to abandon it altogether and start over using technology from the Connecticut exchange. At least $125 million in taxpayers’ money have been wasted so far and even though the Connecticut technology is said to be working well, much of Maryland’s problem may have to do with incompetent management than with flawed technology. They’re changing the technology but that is certainly no guarantee that the bureaucrats who failed to produce a working website with $125 million will have better results the second time around.