President Obama’s claim last spring that 8 million people had enrolled in ObamaCare recently got a significant downgrade from the head of the agency overseeing the plan.
Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told a congressional committee that “as of August 15, this year, we have 7.3 million Americans enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage and these are individuals who paid their premiums.”
A key part of her statement was Tavenner’s reference to those who paid, because just signing up isn’t enough to be counted as enrolled.
As Doug Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, explained, “it’s not enough to sign up. You have to sign up and pay on a regular basis to really be enrolled.”
That is one reason both state and private insurance officials have been saying their enrollments were shrinking.