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It’s Not Just the Rollout That is Frustrating the American People

Americans see their health plans cancelled 185 times more than those selecting a plan from the federal Exchange

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Washington, Nov 15, 2013 | comments

This week, the Obama Administration spin machine released their inflated “enrollment” numbers – stating that 106,185 Americans “signed up” for coverage.  What they didn’t say was that the data represents not just those who purchased a plan, but also those who have selected a plan – aka placed in their “shopping cart.”  This inflated number (what the Administration calls pre-effectuated enrollment) still falls well below the Administration’s month-by-month projections included in a memo obtained by the Ways and Means Committee.  

While the President was quick to blame the Administration’s failure as a “rough rollout,” the facts show the “glitches” go well beyond healthcare.gov.  To date, reports count 5 million Americans who have received cancellation notices as a result of the law.  That is 185 times the amount of Americans that “selected” a health care plan through the federal Exchange.  

The President’s broken promise that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” is hitting home for millions of Americans.  Jeff Frazier from Midland, MI wrote to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Camp saying, “My wife has been recently informed by her insurance carrier that her health care policy ‘does not comply with the Affordable Care Act.’  Now we must purchase a new policy to get the same coverage at an 18 percent increase in our premium.  So, what happened to the ‘if you like your insurance, you can keep it’?”

Below is a look at the state-by-state comparisons between the Administration’s projections for October and the inflated enrollment numbers released.  

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