Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hawaii Shutting Down Obamacare Due to Embarrassingly Low Enrollment Levels

How successful is Obamacare?

Not very, at least in Hawaii, where the state’s exchange website will be shutting down soon. That’s because not nearly enough people want or need it to justify its very expensive existence.

Here’s Americans for Tax Reform’s opening blurb about the embarrassing situation:

“Despite over $205 million in federal taxpayer funding, Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange website will soon shut down. Since its implementation, the exchange has somehow failed to become financially viable because of lower than expected Obamacare enrollment figures. With the state legislature rejecting a $28 million bailout, the website will now be unable to operate past this year.”

Here’s a few other takeaways from the article…

·         Altogether, the federal Department of Health and Human Services spent $4.5 billion providing so-called aid to individual states in their efforts to set up Obamacare.
·         There was virtually no oversight in the process, meaning funds went where funds went, probably to line undeserving people’s pockets.
·         Hawaii isn’t the first state to admit failure here. Oregon already had to shut down its Obamacare efforts and turn it over to national organizers due to abysmal enrollment levels.
·         Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, New Mexico and Nevada have struggled similarly.

So how successful is Obamacare? Well, that depends on your definition of success…

If you’re talking about wasting even more of tax-payer’s money and cutting into our already diminished freedoms, then congratulations are in order!

If, however, you mean saving Americans from the ravages of expensive healthcare costs…? Not so much.

I suppose it’s a good thing then that was never the point.

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