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Only 67 Percent of Obamacare Enrollees Have Paid Premiums

May 8, 2014

According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, just 67 percent of enrollees in Obamacare have paid their insurance premiums, reports the Washington Examiner.

Former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that 90 percent of Obamacare enrollees had paid their premiums, but information collected from insurers by the House Committee indicates that the number is much lower.

  • The White House reported that 8 million Americans had signed up for health insurance in the exchanges and that 28 percent of enrollees were between the ages of 18 and 34.
  • But of those Americans who have paid their premiums, only 25 percent are in the 18 to 24 age bracket, according to health insurers.

HHS responded to the 67 percent claim, insisting that the information provided to the House Committee was incomplete.  According to HHS spokeswoman Erin Shields Britt, "These claims are based on only about half of the approximately 300 issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and they do not match up with public comments from insurance companies themselves, most of which indicate that 80 to 90 percent of enrollees have paid their premium. Additionally, given the significant surge in enrollments at the end of March, it stands to reason that not all enrollees would have paid by the date of this so-called report since many people's bills were not even due yet."

Source:  Susan Ferrechio, "Only 67 percent of Obamacare enrollees have paid premiums," Washington Examiner, April 30, 2014. 


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