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It remains a national embarrassment that the Administration refuses to release the actual number of paid and valid ObamaCare insurance policies. Policies are not valid if the initial premium is not paid. The Obama Administration deals only in the vague abstract of “enrollments,” a measure that has included everything from incomplete online shopping-cart data to unpaid policies that shouldn’t count at all.
We’re left to guess at what the actual number of valid ObamaCare policies might be. Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came close to giving the game away on April Fool’s Day when she conceded the overall rate of payment on those first premiums was somewhere between 80 and 90 percent. (It seems safe to assume that if the number was closer to 90, she wouldn’t be so evasive about revealing it.) Another clue that the payment rate isn’t so great was a remarkable Twitter message from the official HealthCareDotGov Twitter account, reminding their customers: “If you have a premium, make sure you pay it to stay covered.”