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Obamacare’s Score of 67 Percent Merits a D

12:33 PM, Mar 28, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Taking a step back, the administration’s delight at having posted a score of 67 percent is really rather pathetic.  Obamacare compels Americans to buy insurance—and yet, out of 53 million previously uninsured (to use the CBO’s figure), only 6 million people obeyed Obamacare’s command.  In truth, even fewer did, as the tally was 6 million—minus those who haven’t paid—out of the 78 million who (according to the CBO) were either uninsured or were already insured in the individual market as of last year.  Out of 78 million, would it really have been that hard to get 9 million people to buy a product that you’re mandating they buy?

Here are three quick final thoughts:  One, even if the Obama administration had hit 100 percent of 9 million—rather than just 67 percent of that mark—that performance would merit a C, not an A, as it would involve merely meeting, not surpassing, expectations.  (Moreover, if 100 percent merits a C, giving a D for 67 percent is probably generous.)  Two, the mix of people in the exchanges is too old and sick to keep Obamacare from raising insurance costs even higher going forward.  Three, far more people have been hurt than have been helped by Obamacare, and this will remain so until it is repealed and replaced with a conservative alternative.  Indeed, the most interesting numerical comparison might well be between the number of previously uninsured paying customers in the Obamacare exchanges and the number of previously insured people whose plans were cancelled (and remain cancelled) because of the president’s namesake.

Jeffrey H. Anderson is executive director of the 2017 Project, which is working to advance a conservative reform agenda.

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