With all the stunning lies that were told in the selling of Obamacare – you know, you like your proctologist, you can keep him, and so forth – you’d think that now President Obama would be scrupulously adhering to the facts, a stickler for accuracy, a reformed paragon of honesty, and an irreproachable source of reliable information. Right?
He’s still throwing around fake facts. A new lie, that is – this one cooked up for a dinner Thursday in Washington with the Democratic governors.
“We’ve got close to 7 million Americans who have access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion” brought about by Obamacare, said Obama.
Not true, said the National Review, which admittedly is pretty conservative.
Oh wait a second, that’s not the National Review. That’s the Washington Post!
First of all, in its “Four Pinocchios” rating – the highest – of Obama’s statement, the Post suggests that Obama is starting out by rounding 6.3 up to 7.
The most recent report gives a top-line figure of 6.3 million people deemed eligible from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, which is presumably where Obama got his 7 million figure.
Remember fourth grade and rounding numbers? Well, okay, Obama spent the fourth grade in Indonesia. Maybe they have a different formula for rounding numbers.
In bestowing it’s judgement, the Post notes that independent analyses suggest that the true number of people is way, way lower:
He seems to be falling into the same trap as other Democrats, and some reporters, by assuming that everyone in the Medicaid list is getting health insurance for the first time because of the Affordable Care Act. But that number is nowhere close to 7 million. It could be as low as 1.1 million . . . or as high as 2.6 million.
With his 7 million number, in addition to 700,000 thousand people who don’t exist – the rounding up – Obama is including people who have already had Medicaid but are just re-enrolling – what’s known as “normal churn” – as well as people “coming out of the woodwork” who were already eligible but just got interested because of the publicity surrounding Obamacare.
The former are not getting Medicaid for the first time and were eligible anyway, as were the latter group of new signups.
You could argue that Obamacare indirectly caused the “woodwork” population to get covered. But the problem is, nobody really knows how many of those people there are, and there are far cheaper and less intrusive ways to get people to enroll in Medicaid than revamping the nation’s health care system. And these people are not benefitting from Medicaid expansion, as Obama says, just new information.
What’s more, as the Post notes, no matter how you slice it, it does not add up to 7 million. The Post asserts:
It is dismaying that given all of the attention to this issue, the president apparently does not realize that the administration’s data are woefully inadequate for boastful assertions of this type.
No, he knows. What’s dismaying is that he’s still not trying to be honest about Obamacare.