The latest excuse for Obamacare’s poor enrollment figures has taken an interesting twist as a Democratic lawmaker is now blaming the low numbers on Americans who are too dumb to know Obamacare is a law.
The remarks were made by Eleanor Holmes, a Democratic Delegate from Washington D.C. who said the reason Americans are not signing up for Obamacare in droves is because they believe the law has been repealed and don’t know they must sign up or face a fine.
“There are millions of people out there who think it was repealed, so there was no way to break through that very easily,” she told MSNBC. Norton also pointed out that the “debacle of a website” made matters worse because it “seemed to confirm that [the law] must have been repealed, or should have been repealed.”
Holmes made the remarks on a segment with MSNBC host Richard Lui on Monday to discuss the number of Obamacare beneficiaries that is far below the numbers initially projected by the administration. The Health and Human Services department had originally predicted over 3 million people would sign up for insurance through Obamacare, however the HHS numbers released over the weekend reveal that only 1.1 million have enrolled through the exchanges. The numbers do not reflect those who actually purchased a policy and are only slightly over a third of projections. The numbers reveal the administration may also have a serious problem meeting its next goal of enrolling 7 million by March 31, 2014.
Norton told Lui that part of the reason is because the Republicans have lied to the American people and convinced them Obamacare has been revealed.
“What we have been battling now is first, every time the House couldn’t think of anything else to do, it had a big debate on repealing Obamacare,” Norton said. “So there are millions of people out there who think it was repealed, so there was no way to break through that very easily.”
Norton also pointed out that the “debacle of a website” made matters worse because it “seemed to confirm that [the law] must have been repealed, or should have been repealed.”
Norton’s claim is just the latest in a long line of excuses put out by Democrats and the president. Rather than concede that there could be a problem with the actual law itself, which is the president’s signature legislation, Democrats insist the American people love the law and are desiring to sign up for health care insurance. Obama has said on multiple occasions that “the product is good” and that people want to buy the product.
However, Republicans have argued with each new delay or missed deadline that the problem is not one of public relations but the law itself that should be completely replaced.