Have you ever seen pictures or video of a prairie chicken in the spring? The males strut about with their chests all puffed out, making a booming sound to announce their presence to all the females around. At the end of March, President Barack Obama reminded me of a male prairie chicken as he strutted before the microphone and began booming that Obamacare was a success because they signed up 7 million people.
Since his pronouncement, there have been a number of articles about how fallacious his numbers are. Some sources estimated that the real number of enrollees who have actually paid for their healthcare is less than 900,000.
Then you have to consider the fact that over 4 million previously insured Americans lost their coverage due to Obamacare. The target of Obamacare is the uninsured, but the majority of the people signing up are those that already had insurance or had theirs cancelled. The success of Obamacare is based on signing up a large percentage of young and healthy individuals, but again, Obamacare has failed to reach that target also.
While Obama struts around like a prairie chicken booming the success of Obamacare the American people do not have the same feelings of success as he does. In the latest Rasmussen Report, only 23% of likely US voters considered Obamacare to be a success. Double that amount, 46% said they believe the program to be a failure and 29% said it was somewhere in between the two.