INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – President Barack Obama reported on Thursday that the number of Obamacare enrollees is 8 million, a million more than the administration goal. We now know the Indiana numbers also exceeded the goal.
The state by state numbers are not yet published but they’re pretty easy to figure out, starting with the fact that the goal for Obamacare enrollees in Indiana was 100,000.
Congressman André Carson (D-7th District) says the Obama Administration would only share percentages, but those percentages show Indiana reaching 119 percent of its Obamacare goal, so that would translate to 119,000 enrollees.
The Congressman was also told that in Indianapolis, enrollees are at 121 percent of the goal.
“So I think Hoosiers understand this far more deeply than politicians give them credit for,” said Rep. Carson.
“The repeal debate is and should be over,” said President Obama on Thursday. “The Affordable Care Act is working.”
But Republican Senator Dan Coats still has doubts.
“I was with someone who said, I have seven enrollment numbers,” said Sen. Coats. “Wow. I mean is this 8 million a legitimate number or not?”
And even Congressman Carson will tell you that switching to Obamacare was uncomfortable for him.
“Premiums have gone up, deductibles have gone down,” he said. “It’s the war we’re fighting but five, 10 years from now, I think we’ll be great.”
Before then the voters will weigh in. Senator Coats says the debate is far from over.
“You know we got an election coming up in November,” he said. “It’s going to be talked about and I think it’s going to be the issue.”
And Congressman Carson, a Democrat, will tell you that it will be a successful issue for at least some Republicans, but one of the the most important things in politics is expectations management.
We now know that, both here in Indiana and around the country, the Obama Administration kept expectations sufficiently low and then exceeded them.