Remember in the “pre-Obamacare” days when the President held an assortment of town hall meetings extolling Obamacare’s virtues? At each one of those meetings we were guaranteed to hear from someone(s) who desperately wanted insurance, but was unable to get insurance because of a pre-existing medical condition. Those people would then go on to explain how they had “lost everything” paying for medical care.
Included in the findings (see page 140) made by Congress to support Obamacare was an interesting statistic…in 2008, those without insurance due to pre-existing medical conditions accounted for 20.1%, and $8.7 billion of all medical care that was not paid for by those receiving the care, but rather by anyone who had insurance, in the form of higher premiums.
Providing insurance to those with pre-existing conditions was probably the only piece of Obamacare that was supported by both parties, and, it took effect, via a government run “high risk” pool, on July 1, 2010.
So, here we are one year later.
As of June 30, 2011, the total number of people who have signed up for Obamacare’s high risk pool is 27,489…nope, no typo, 27,489 throughout the entire United States.
Inquisitive minds will first “do the math”. If, in 2008, 27,489 uninsured people who desperately wanted insurance but couldn’t get it cost health care providers $8.7 billion in unpaid for medical costs, then each person who desperately wanted insurance, but couldn’t get it, consumed $316 million worth of health care in 2008.
As that makes little sense, do you think Congress and the administration “fudged” the numbers, and brought in “straw people” to Obama’s town hall meetings?