What do mythical figures and Obamacare enrollees have in common? (Have you heard this one before?) The Miami Herald calls them “urban-legends.” Others have called them “non-existent.” One thing is for sure: They are certainly rare. People who have successfully enrolled through the now comically plagued exchanges are unsurprisingly difficult to track down.
According to the Miami Herald, “individuals who have successfully used the choked-up website to enroll for a subsidized health insurance plan have reached a status akin to urban legend: Everyone has heard of them, but very few people have actually met one.”
And that’s not just true for the Sunshine State. Over the weekend the Associated Press reported that no one had signed up in a number of states, including my home state of New-New-York (Colorado). Although, in all fairness, reports have emerged that as many as 220 people might have signed up in the Centennial state since the exchange’s launch date.
Which brings us to another point: Colorado spent over $21 million touting the abysmal contraption known to the general public as “Obamacare.” So-called “outreach” efforts were launched at churches, schools, the DMV, and anywhere else $21 million in taxpayer money can put such campaigns. All for, what? . . . 226 enrollees?
While I might not be a genius on a slide rule, it seems that the outreach was a less-than-stellar investment of taxpayer dollars – Millions of taxpayer dollars spent in an effort to encourage dependency on an atrociously written government implemented program that will cost more taxpayer dollars. . . And worse yet: They were unsuccessful! Government achieved an advertising conversion rate of roughly one person for every $100,000 spent in New-New-York. Not to belabor the point; but it seems a private enterprise might have to consider closing up shop with such a conversion rate.
But, this is the government! Cost effectiveness, customer satisfaction, and efficiency aren’t exactly driving forces. The implementation (or, rather, the attempted implementation) of Obamacare is illustrative of government’s divorce from everything that makes the private sector work. While private business would be destroyed by such disastrous “glitches”, government trudges onward like a slow motion train wreck.
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