Published On: Wed, Apr 2nd, 2014

White House touts Obamacare enrollment, but less than 1 million have paid premiums

President Obama announced an “enrollment” total of 7,041,000 on Tuesday during a press conference, heralding it as proof that the Affordable Care Act is successful and here to stay while critics are pointing to new data which shows most don’t pay the premium.

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“This law is doing what’s it’s supposed to do,” Obama said in late-afternoon remarks in the White House Rose Garden. “It’s working. It’s helping people from coast to coast.”

The White House and news headlines celebrate Obamacare “enrollment” hitting the 7 million mark, but a study from the RAND Corporation reportedly suggests as few as 858,000 previously insured Americans have actually paid for their new policies.

Only 23 percent of enrollees had no insurance previously according to the data. Further, the study reveals about just 53 percent of previously uninsured Americans have actually paid for their new plans.

“If those numbers hold, the actual net gain of paid policies among Americans who lacked medical insurance in the pre-Obamacare days would be just 858,298,” the Daily Mail reports.

“What I can tell you is that we expect there to be a good mix of people who were previously uninsured who now have insurance,” Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday, adding that there are also a “significant number who now have qualified for Medicaid in those states that expanded Medicaid who will have insurance who didn’t have it before.”

he White House has also yet to release any of its official figures on how many Americans have actually paid their premiums under Obamacare.

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