From the Washington Post:
The fight over how to define the new health law’s success is coming down to one question: Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee?
Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they’ve submited a payment. That is when the carrier sends out a member card and begins paying doctor bills.
When the Obama administration releases health law enrollment figures later this week, though, it will use a more expansive definition. It will count people who have purchased a plan as well as those who have a plan sitting in their online shopping cart but have not yet paid.
“In the data that will be released this week, ‘enrollment’ will measure people who have filled out an application and selected a qualified health plan in the marketplace,” said an administration official, who requested anonymity to frankly describe the methodology.
To state it plainly, the Obama Administration is changing definitions so that the statistics they report don’t look as abysmal as they otherwise would.
Not surprising for a socialist government. If the plain facts don’t support your conclusion, change the facts so that they do.
This curiously reminds me of ambulance drivers in the vaunted NHS being told to wait before bringing the patients into the A&E department…in order to help the hospital make its 4 hour wait time metric (“stacking”)