Obamacare numbers: unsurprising and anticlimactic

For months, Americans have been asking for real health care enrollment numbers from the Obama Administration. President Obama and his team have been  dodging questions, insisting they were incapable to get information from insurance companies.

So, the House Energy and Commerce committee went looking for the numbers themselves. Surveying every insurance provider in the health care law’s Federally Facilitated Marketplace, the House Committee found that only two-thirds of enrollees have paid their first month’s premium.

Of this 67 percent, only 25 percent of those paid enrollees are ages 18 to 34 – the age group most targeted by President Obama to benefit from his health care law. State-by-state, the numbers are even more dismal. In Texas, the most populated state researched, only 42% have paid.

So while the President touted 8 million enrollees, the truth is only 2.45 million have paid their portion.

And despite the Administration’s alleged “victory” laps, Americans still do not think Obamacare is the best approach to fixing our health care system.  Fifty percent of Americans say that the implementation of the law is worse than expected, and 44 percent believe the entire health care system is getting worse because of Obamacare. And 63 percent of Americans believe President Obama is to blame.

That is why House Republicans remain dedicated to replacing this unworkable health care law by repealing – and replacing – Obamacare with free-market, patient-centered alternatives.