Jeff Flake Calls for Obamacare Enrollment Stats

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Senator Jeff Flake thinks the public should know how many people have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces created by Obamacare.

Flake released a letter he sent to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking for reports on enrollment in the federal and state-run exchanges.

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Although enrollment figures have been released by some of the states that are running their own insurance exchanges, most states, including Arizona, are using the federal marketplace.

No federal figures have been released, but the Associated Press reported almost a week ago that a source said 476,000 people had filed applications for health insurance through federal and state exchanges. The number of applications won't be the same as the number of people who have actually purchased health insurance.

"Without enrollment figures, it's unclear whether the program is on track to reach the 7 million people projecting by the Congressional Budget Office to gain coverage during the six-month sign-up period," the wire service reported on October 19.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that the marketplace website,, has been a miserable experience for everyone involved.

Obviously, Flake's letter could be seen as an attempt to paint the healthcare law as a failure, either by getting what would be described as disappointing enrollment figures, or not getting the numbers, and saying the Obama administration has something to hide.

On the other hand, it would be nice to know.

Flake's letter cites a news outlet in North Dakota that tried to get enrollment data from a private insurer selling insurance through the marketplace, but was reportedly told that the federal government asked them not to publicize those figures.

Specifically, Flake's asking for monthly reports on enrollment, starting on November 1.

Check out Flake's letter on the next page

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McCain must be pulling his "boys" strings again! Why are our two US Senators so much against the needy and people in general having affordable healthcare? Both of our two buffoon senators have a heart of stone and have ice water running threw their veins.  


Jeff Flake wants a statistic even as the bugs are being ironed out of the website and just after the end of a govt shutdown that impeded any normal paperwork -- and months before ACA actually starts.  He's obviously trying to conjure a misleadingly low number.

A possibility that hasn't been explored, but should considering internet events over the past year or so, is that someone (maybe more than one, independently) tried to sabotage the website with cyberattacks.  Let's see, who would want to undermine Obamacare??

Flyer9753 topcommenter

There is another aspect to all of this that needs to be remembered and pointed out to people like Flake who don't know history.

The same thing happened with Medicare.

In the summer of 1965 when Medicare was put in place, 45% of the populace that was born between 1890 and 1920 did not have birth certificates or any other form of ID that showed a date of birth. 

Makes it pretty hard to roll out an AGE dependent program doesn't it? 

Applicants were showing tattoos and relatives gravestones as a way of proving their age, having to hop through a lot more hoops than now....

But it worked. It's still working. It's a program that NO ONE wants to get rid of.

When Medicare Part D was rolled out, by a REPUBLICAN (GWB) and had all kinds of problems (people could not get any medications, even life saving ones due to computer glitches - the states had to step in) but I don't remember anyone, Republican or Democrat acting like the Republicans are today.. I don't remember a single Democrat attempting to defund Medicare Part D and holding the country or some other piece of legislation hostage to do it.

Now we have a Republican (Barton-TX) saying that the entire signup violates the HIPPA laws... but wait... during the signup all they are asking is non-medical information and HIPPA only applies to medical information... Why do Republicans feel the need to LIE here? Scare tactics?

BTW - that same congressman, Barton, during the computer glitches around Medicare Part D said the following "This is a huge undertaking and there are going to be glitches"... he then went on to say "I would hope that we can work together as we go through the implementation phase... if we can make some changes to fix it, let us do it and let us do it on a bi-partisan basis"... what a short memory Republicans have....

Everyone (especially the Republicans like Flake) needs to keep this in mind and just calm the hell down.

Flyer9753 topcommenter

This is bullshit and nothing more than Republicrook posturing.

Give it a rest Republicrooks.

- Does the ACA signup have problems - yes, just like any other new product or rollout of something to 400 Million people - If you could do it better Republicrooks... WHY DIDN'T YOU?

- Will it be fixed - yes

- Will stats be published regularly - yes

The reality is that the program has been available less than a month and calls for stats at this point are meaningless, so why does he need them? To do his best to make them look bad and slam them rather than actually work to help make the entire system work... like he should be doing

Perhaps the system would work better if it were not for the millions of false hits and DDOS attacks that are being done to deliberately jam and overload the servers... being gone deliberately by republicrooks acting like 2 yr olds

Maybe the Republicrooks should actually work on a better replacement... or making this existing system better... but no, instead you have NOTHING like usual.

Nothing that is except acting like 2 yr old babies having a temper tantrum... No real solutions, no real responses, no real action

Maybe Flake and the other Republicrooks should actually concentrate on something that matters... like putting forward a JOBS bill... or sitting down with the other side and talking about the BUDGET.. 

How about doing your fucking job.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

The government will release stats on ACA enrollment without being asked by Congress. That said, stifle yourself, Jeff.

jonnyquest topcommenter

Flake hears the clatter of teacups behind him.


@Flyer9753 yes the problems will get fixed, but it will be at the pace of a company with no competition and cost taxpayer more than expected.  Nothing new.  

Flyer9753 topcommenter

@logicman @Flyer9753 

I agree Logic.. I just have a real hard time listening to a congressperson, any congressperson, saying it's not working when they are the ones sabotaging it any way they can rather than doing their job, which at this point is to do everything possible to make it work, since it is the law.

BTW - originally it was not supposed to be a single company with no competition... that was one of the Republican contributions

Flake is a hypocrite 

Flyer9753 topcommenter


He has the authority of the President of the United States, just like Bush did and just like Reagan did, both of which gave much more amnesty than Obama has. 

You are aware that only under Obama has illegal immigration gone to a net NEGATIVE, right??? Wow... you must really hate it when someone else knows facts that you choose to ignore.

BTW - DOMA has been ruled unconstitutional so Obama was supporting the Constitution, not going against it.

Yes, you do blather... a lot.

jonnyquest topcommenter

Blather. DOMA was the law. Obama didn't enforce that. What authority does he have to defer prosecution of Dreamers? None. Don't give me that shit about enforcing the law.

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