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November 22, 2010 - John D'Agostino
A program created by the federal government to give the Health and Human Services department the authority to design its own health insurance policies seems to be a major flop.
As noted in a Nov. 12 Wall Street Journal editorial, the $5 billion program is aimed at helping "uninsured Americans who’ve been locked out of the insurance market because of a pre-existing condition," President Barack Obama said.
The numbers of Americans this is impacting, according to the Journal, is disappointing to say the least:
• One enrolled person of 647,000 residents in North Dakota.
• Four enrolled people in West Virginia.
• 15 of 5.2 million residents enrolled in Minnesota.
The state with the best result? Texas with 393 residents of 24.7 million people enrolled.
All told, 8,011 people are enrolled nationwide as of Nov. 1.
These results are typical of how most governments operate. Find a problem, exaggerate it, then worry about paying the bill for it later.
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