Health Care Sign-Up Inflation and the Obama Administration’s Continuing Credibility Problem

As scandals go, finding out that dental plans were incorrectly added to the sign-up numbers for Obamacare does not, by itself, amount to all that much. Maybe the reason that 380,000 dental subscribers were added to the total numbers was to push the numbers above the 7 million mark, but 6.7 million sign-ups would be nothing to sneeze at (of course, many of these people signed up for Obamacare because they got thrown off of their employers’ plans in a violation of the administration’s “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period.” policy, but that is another matter). So I am not inclined to make too much of a big deal over this matter, when the matter is taken in isolation.

However, given all of the other lies that were told in the formulation, selling and passage of Obamacare, it should be clear that the Obama administration has a serious problem when it comes to engendering trust. There was the “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period.” imbroglio mentioned above. There were all of the problems with the website when it first went online and all of the excuses and misstatements that attended the website disaster. There is Jonathan Gruber. And now, a new story that reveals, at best, incompetence, and at worst, deception.

It seems as though every time we switch on the news, we find out that when it comes to health care, we have been misled somehow by the Obama administration and by people associated with the Obama administration. As a consequence, I have learned not to trust much of what this administration has to say when it comes to health care and health care policy. And I am pretty sure that I am not alone in doing so.