Well, folks, it's what they don't tell you, the details, that make this entire marketing push so laughable. Obamacare is anything but successful and it is well on its way to being the disaster that many of us predicted in advance. But, and here's the part they want to keep secret, they planned it this way. Obama is on tape on many occasions saying that Obamacare is the first step toward single payer, or "nationalized" health care as found in Britain and Canada. Harry Reid and many of his elected Democratic colleagues have said the same thing. And if they have their way, if you are over 65 you can expect to be faced with a death panel situation when the time comes that you have a serious medical problem and need major care. The entire system will end up being tied to the life expectancy models and if you are within striking distance of them, as they might say in New York, FUHGETTABOUTIT!
Here's what we do know about the Obamacare numbers so far. Approximately 2.2 million have enrolled to date out of a 7 million target for the end of March. The 7 million number is estimated to be the number they have to reach for the program to be financially viable. So while they are clearly behind target, they are arguing that things are picking up, the website is now working better and momentum will get us there.
Here's what they don't tell you. The numbers for enrollees are largely older folks, people more likely to require expensive care, about 79%. Only about 20% are in the critical 18-30 year bracket which is needed to generate the funds to pay for the elderly. What's happening is that young people are seeing the excessive cost of an inferior product and in significant numbers are opting out. Even the most conservative figures from Progressives say they need at least 38% of the younger audience to make this program viable.
But wait, there is more. A huge amount of these young people enrolling are subsidized. In other words, the enrollees are in a low enough income bracket that they receive financial help from the government to pay their premiums. Those more affluent members in this age bracket are opting out. They see Obamacare for what it is: an expensive system with reduced benefits. Plus many of those categorized as not able to pay are being pushed into Medicaid, which has already been given a huge cash inflow taken from Medicare, showing how once again the death panel issue is a real concern for the elderly.
Think about it. Assuming that the Obamacare numbers are true for enrollments. Just over two million people now have healthcare insurance, albeit nothing close to what we used to consider good healthcare insurance, while nearly five million have lost their healthcare insurance because of Obamacare. And we also don't know how many of these so-called enrollees have actually made a premium payment. Some are estimating up to 50%, maybe more, have not submitted payment yet.
Lastly, many doctors and medical facilities are opting out of the program, just like huge numbers have already refused to accept Medicaid and, in lesser cases, Medicare. If this continues, and after all who would expect a well trained doctor to work for peanuts as they government expects, then we might all eventually find out that we have a healthcare insurance card with no professionals who will accept it. And then the Democrats will push for single payer as the solution.
America, it's time for all of us to stand up against any more of this nonsense. And it's time to recognize that the government has no capacity to operate a successful healthcare program of this magnitude. Healthcare professionals, not bureaucrats, are what makes American healthcare work well. I only hope we wake up before we see the once greatest healthcare in the world operating on standards equivalent to Amtrak or the Postal Service. Think it's impossible? Think again, that's what the Progresives have been dreaming about for about one hundred years. Just say NO!