In a déjà vu moment for those who paying attention to the liberals in Olympia, word came out of D.C. today that the folks running Obamacare have no idea how many uninsured people have signed up for the program. As it was put in bureaucrat-speak, “That’s not a data point we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way.”
In plain English, the people who designed the system did not want to ask the question that would best define whether Obamacare was a success in reducing the number of people lacking health insurance in America. One might think that if the liberals assumed that it was going to be a big number of uninsured signing up, that would have been a “data point” they would be “collecting”, so the President and all the Democrats who voted for the bill (so they could find out what was in it) could be bragging about their good work.
So, we can only assume that they knew the number would not look that good, and did not want to have to admit it, so voila, they decided not to ask for it “in any sort of systemic way.” However, two surveys released today do tell us that the numbers don’t look good, even if the Obamacare website can’t tell us that.
Which is, of course, what the folks at the Washington Health Benefit Exchange also decided, as they admitted at a legislative hearing last month.
Evidently, knowing how many uninsured people now have health insurance wasn’t really an important metric for the law – sort of like having a web site that works wasn’t that important either.