While today may be the opening day for baseball, today is the
final day for enrollment in the Obamacare exchange.
In trying to navigate healthcare.gov this morning, it was
discovered that the website was down for maintenance.
The administration was quick to put a headline on the website that
said the website would be slow due to a high volume of visitors to
the website, but all along this is what the White House claimed to
expect during the final days of the enrollment period. Why is
it that all the glitches hadn't been worked out before the day of
the final deadline?
Day after day there seems to be another issue with Obamacare, it
is a far cry from what was sold and pedaled to the American
people. What happened to the promise of affordable
healthcare, keeping your doctor and your insurance, and a website
as simple as kayak.com? As we all know, these three promises,
along with many more, were broken. Many visitors to the
website have waited hours just to try to enroll, over six million
people have lost their coverage, and premiums are skyrocketing due
to the lack of enrollment by millennials.
Young America's Foundation polling shows that once young people
learned that they had to provide personal and private information
on healthcare.gov, they were 52 percent less likely to recommend
Obamacare to their peers.
Since the rollout of Obamacare the website has been plagued with
technical deficiencies. It is not shocking that young people
are unwilling to enroll in Obamacare, let alone recommend enrolling
to their friends.
Young people are increasingly less confident in the federal
government when it comes to the handling of major programs such as
The problem is that young people don't believe that they are
better off under Obamacare, a
YAF poll showed that 34 percent of millennials believe that they
will actually be worse off. The White House has managed
to turn away the very demographic that they tried so desperately to
Right now just over six million people have enrolled, but it is
important to remember that numbers haven't been released on how
many of the people enrolled were actually uninsured prior to
enrolling. The latest numbers show that 6 out of 10 uninsured
don't know when the deadline is to enroll in Obamacare, showing
that no matter how many PR stunts the White House pulls, the
message either isn't resonating or isn't reaching the right
I would be remiss not to address the fact that out of the six
million people who have enrolled it is unclear as to how many have
actually paid their premium--paying the premium is what would
actually complete the enrollment process. It is not
surprising though that the White House hasn't released any of these
actual numbers because they know they're under a lot of pressure
due to Obamacare's unpopularity.
It's safe to say that the White House won't pull off a home run
by midnight tonight, but who knows what other scheme they have in
store to boost their enrollment numbers.
Ashley Pratte is the Spokeswoman for Young America's
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