ObamaCare’s Colorado Enrollment Barely Half the Projected Worst-Case Scenario

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 at 8:54 am

We guess if it wasn’t for all that Republican obstructionism the numbers would be just awesome.

Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act through Colorado’s health insurance exchange is barely half the state’s worst-case projection, prompting demands from exchange board members for better stewardship of public money.

The shortfall could compromise the exchange’s “ability to deliver on promises made to Colorado citizens” and threatens the funding stream for the exchange itself, according to board e-mails obtained by The Denver Post in an open records request.

The exchange, meant for individuals and small groups buying insurance, had projected a lowest-level mid-November enrollment of 11,108, in a presentation to a board finance committee. The exchange announced Nov. 18 that it had signed up 6,001 Coloradans so far.

The midlevel scenario for November was 20,186 members, and the highest projection 30,944 members.

As federal startup grants taper off under Obamacare funding, the exchange is meant to pay for itself with per-member charges on the private insurance companies offering policies. It needs 136,300 enrollees in 2014 to raise $6.5 million of its $51.4 million expenses.

Significant operational issues are not being addressed in the wake of bumpy local and national startups for Obamacare, said board member Ellen Daehnick, whose e-mails and comments are sharply critical of board leadership.

“The enrollment numbers are not meeting the projections,” Daehnick said in an interview. “They are behind even the low projections. This board has moved from looking at a plan to looking at actual performance that has not met expectations, at least from my perspective.”

Other than that things are working out fine.

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5 Responses to “ObamaCare’s Colorado Enrollment Barely Half the Projected Worst-Case Scenario”

  1. FiftycalTX on 25/25/13 at 1:06 pm

    I expect that by next year it will be mandatory for U.S. citizens to carry their obamacare ID card. Those without the ID will be arrested and jailed until they pay retroactively for their “healthcare”. Illegal immigrants will of course be exempt. On the Brightside, you will be able to VOTE using your obamacare ID.

  2. jukin on 25/25/13 at 3:05 pm

    The website is the easy part of Obama Care and the government leftist elites have totally screwed the pooch.

    I had thought that Obama Care would kill a few million people that would not have died under the old system. Now I think it will be tens of millions.

  3. VoteOutIncumbents on 25/25/13 at 4:24 pm

    I have a friend that voted for Obama twice. She has a relatively rare nerve disease and sees a specialist once a month. Last week she received a letter from her insurance company that her doctor will no longer be covered because of changes mandated under the ACA.

    She is furious. Spitting mad. She say…”but, but, but, Obama said we could keep our doctors”.

    There will be millions out there who will never vote for a Democrat again. She says she won’t.

    Never again.

  4. Blacque Jacques Shellacque on 26/26/13 at 1:34 am

    Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act through Colorado’s health insurance exchange is barely half the state’s worst-case projection,…

    So would it be accurate to say that those responsible for making the projection failed miserably in their duty to imagine and plan for a worst-case scenario?