Only 67 percent paid premiums for Obamacare enrollment
House Republicans on Wednesday said they have data from insurance companies that shows only 67 percent of people who selected a health plan under ObamaCare have paid their first month's premium.This appears to be another revelation that indicates that this administration has not been honest with the American people about the healthcare law.That total contradicts expert estimates that about 80 to 90 percent of enrollees have paid their first month's premium. In March, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said as many as 90 percent had paid, based on insurance company estimates.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee's subpanel on Oversight and Investigations said it contacted every insurance company involved in the federal marketplace, and based its data on people who had enrolled by April 15. The committee said it found only 2.45 million had paid for coverage through the federal marketplace.
Insurers have said many enrollees still have time to make their first month's payment, so the committee said it would ask insurance companies to update its numbers again by May 20.
"Tired of receiving incomplete pictures of enrollment in the health care law, we went right to the source and found that the administration’s recent declarations of success may be unfounded,” Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a statement.