The White House has announced that 7.1 million people have signed up for health insurance under the ironically-titled “Affordable Care Act.” The LA Times reports that 9.5 million of these were previously uninsured. Er … what’s wrong with this figure? David Hogberg provides the explanation:
That included not only the 3.1 million young adults who are covered by their parents’ plans but also about 2 million on the exchanges and 4.5 million on Medicaid.
First, no one with an sense believes these exchange and Medicaid numbers. And, as Hogberg explains, the quoted number of kids covered under the slacker mandate is also highly questionable:
The Census Bureau shows that from 2009, the year before the slacker mandate began, to 2012 the number of uninsured 18-24-year-olds declined by about 976,000. But not all of those went onto their parents’ insurance. For that age group, Medicaid enrollment grew 271,000 and employer-based coverage increased 447,000 during that same period. That would mean that those newly insured by joining their parents’ coverage were at most 258,000.
This revelation demonstrates that the Obama administration and its media toadies are striving to give new meaning to “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” To read the rest of Hogberg’s column, click here.