Wolf Blitzer on CNN this Wednesday, GOP Congressman Buck McKeon made the outrageous claim that fewer than 10 people have signed up to purchase health insurance through the government run exchanges.
Incredulous, Blitzer asked him, “When you say single digits, I’m not exactly clear what you mean by that.”
McKeon replied, “Single digits would be less than ten.” He went on to say that he had read an article in Forbes which made that claim, apparently referring to an article from last Thursday, three days after the exchanges opened, in which an anonymous insurance company spokesman made some blatantly false claims.
Among those claims were vastly bloated and inaccurate figures about the “increases” that people are going to see in their insurance rates, rates which are, in fact, likely to be much lower. This “spokesman”, if he does in fact exist, said that average to younger-than-average men will see an increase in premiums of 97-99% and a 30 year old man would see an increase of 260%.
Using the rate calculator available online from the Kaiser Foundation, one can easily determine that a 25 year-old non smoking male earning $15 an hour can purchase a silver plan for $2,535 per year, meaning that, if it is an increase of 97% he would currently be paying $1,286 per year. Does anyone know someone who pays that little for health insurance?
A 30 year-old non-smoker can purchase that same silver plan under Obamacare for $2,706 per year, which translates to a current premium, using the claims of Mr. Anonymous, of $1,040. Anyone who believes that would be willing to buy the GW Bridge in NYC because it is such a proven money maker.
These figures are based on the national average.
Do these people really have this low an opinion of Americans? Do they really think that they can just say anything, no matter how obviously untrue, and we will believe it?
Watch the exchange in the video below.