-By Warner Todd Huston
Two of our representatives in Washington issued comments on the low, low number of enrollees in Obamacare this week. Republican Representatives Peter Roskam and Adam Kinzinger issued statements as soon as the dismal official numbers were released by the White House.
The first is from 6th District Republican Peter Roskam.
“The low enrollment numbers in the Obamacare exchanges are one fifth of what was originally expected and it’s unclear that these so-called ‘enrolled individuals’ actually purchased a plan. Today’s announcement puts even more pressure on President Obama to keep his promise to the American people that if you like your healthcare plan you could keep it. Millions of Americans are being dropped from coverage that they liked and many are seeing their health care costs sky rocket. This week, Republicans and Democrats can come together to honor the president’s promise by voting for legislation that allows people to keep their current plans. The American people deserve better than this disastrous rollout and an Administration that continues to defend at all costs an inherently flawed and harmful law.”
Next we have the message of 16th District Representative Adam Kinzinger.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) today released the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported that only 106,185 individuals signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, including only 26,764 who signed up through the federal exchange. HHS officials acknowledged that the enrollment figures also include individuals who have not actually purchased health care through the exchange, but who have selected plans online.
“The abysmal enrollment numbers released today are just another example of how this law has been doomed to fail from the start,” said Kinzinger. “With millions losing coverage and higher costs for nearly everyone, it is time for the President to admit that his law is beyond repair and work with Republicans on patient-centered solutions.”