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Numbers Games

How many really enrolled?

Apr. 2, 2014

An unpublished RAND Corporation study on ObamaCare enrollment has been kept under wraps and it’s not hard to see why. While the White House trumpeted meeting its goal of 7.1 million enrollees this week, RAND says the number actually enrolled – having paid their premium – could be as few as 858,000. Just 23% of enrollees were previously uninsured. Even if the true number is somewhere in the middle, Democrats running for election in November will rue the day 7.1 million was mentioned. And how did the administration get its numbers so fast anyway? A couple of months ago Jay Carney stonewalled, saying, “I’m not going to cherry-pick numbers,” meaning, tell you any. Now he says they know to the decimal point because “our system has gotten a lot better.” Color us skeptical.

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