Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Disappoint | Spending Daily

News Roundup | November 14, 2013

Yesterday, the American people finally heard from the Obama Administration the truth about how many people had enrolled in private insurance via the federal Obamacare exchange.


The figure – 26,794 – was even lower than most people had assumed. (McClatchy, NBC, The New York Times, Politico, USA Today and The Washington Post all break down the numbers while CNN looks at Obamacare broken promises.)


The Obama Administration quickly scrambled to explain away the poor performance. Additionally, according to The Wall Street Journal, the president is now “open” to making changes to the law. For example, “[O]fficials suggested that President Barack Obama was open to a bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.), that would require insurers to continue offering plans that were in existence this year, even if that meant reinstating ones that had been canceled because they didn’t meet the health law’s standards.”


Democrats in key swing states, meanwhile, are trying to distance themselves from the Affordable Care Act. Roll Call argues, “Even progressive Democrats and staunch allies of leadership had strong words for the White House officials dispatched to meet with House Democrats on Wednesday morning …” while National Journal, notes the issue has divided the Obama Administration from the party’s other standard bearers, Bill and Hillary Clinton. (The Associated Press, The Hill, and The New York Times and have more on the party’s Obamacare division.)


For its part, The Cleveland Plain Dealer wonders whether the president can – or will even try to – avoid a conversation about Obamacare in his appearance at an Ohio steel plant today.


Finally, according to The Hill a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce report found, “Nearly a third of franchise businesses have cut workers’ hours because of the requirement that companies with 50 or more full-time workers offer health insurance or pay a fine, the business lobbies’ research found. Additionally, 12 percent of non-franchise businesses said they have reduced their workers’ hours because of the law.”


To track the number of Americans who have enrolled in private insurance plans via the Obamacare federal exchange, see ObamacareEnrollmentNumbers.Com.  

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