#Nancy Pelosi is gushing today over an article in the LA Times:
Just last week, the Dems were rejoicing over a purported 6 million &8220;enrollees.&8221;
That’s quite a leap.
Well, the Dems have made it quite clear that facts just aren&8217;t important to them. But we&8217;re open-minded. We&8217;re willing to consider where this 9.5 million comes from.
The Washington Examiner&8217;s #Byron York took a closer look:
Read it and weep:
The Times says the numbers break down like this: 4.5 million previously uninsured people are now on Medicaid; 3 million previously uninsured young people are now covered because of a provision that allows them to stay on their parents&8217; policies until age 26; and 2 million previously uninsured have purchased coverage on the #Obamacare exchanges. In all, it is “the largest expansion in #health coverage in America in half a century,” according to the Times.
Assume all the numbers are correct, or at least close to correct. By far the largest part of Obamacare&8217;s #health coverage expansion has come from a) expanding Medicaid, and b) allowing young people to stay on their parents&8217; coverage. The part in which Democrats essentially blew up the health care markets, imposed the individual mandate, caused premiums to rise and deductibles to skyrocket? That hasn&8217;t been such a success. If the Times number are correct, all of that — placing new burdens of higher costs and narrower choices on millions of Americans, in addition to setting the stage for coming changes in employer-based coverage &8212; has resulted in two million previously uninsured gaining coverage.
So, according to York, if we go by the LA Times&8217; breakdown, only 2 million people (21 percent) of the previously uninsured 9.5 million gained coverage through Obamacare exchanges.
The number of people who have gotten screwed by Obamacare is much higher:
She&8217;s just plain misinformed. And we&8217;re paying for it.
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