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Exchange Enrollees Likely Under 8 Mil, Gov't Audit Reveals - Yahoo Finance

But the number could be significant. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 43% of those buying ObamaCare plans say they are having difficulty paying premiums, with 14% finding it "very difficult. That's despite the fact that 87% of those who bought one of these plans through HealthCare.gov got taxpayer subsidies. 85% Pay, Then Fewer Monthly Widely followed industry analyst Robert Laszewski of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, said that "generally, carriers are saying that 85% paid the first month and that enrollment deteriorates after that at a rate of 2% to 3% per month. If those estimates turn out to be true, the administration's 8 million would fall to around 6.1 million after six months or right about where the Congressional Budget Office predicted enrollment would be in ObamaCare's first year. The administration says it has no current plans to provide updated enrollment numbers that would reflect people who've dropped coverage or had it canceled, along with those who signed up after open enrollment. However, it may be possible to get some sense of all this when insurance companies start releasing their Q2 earnings reports later this month. 2.9 Million Inconsistencies An additional problem with the official enrollment numbers turned up in a separate IG report, which found 2.9 million "inconsistencies" between what applicants said and what government data show about income, citizenship and the like in the first five months of open enrollment.
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Opinion: What's behind Boehner's nutty lawsuit threat - CNN.com

John Boehner has been the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011, making him second in line for the presidency, behind the vice president. Look back at his career in politics so far. Fed up with criticism from conservative advocates, Boehner said they were "misleading their followers." He followed up with: "Frankly, I just think that they've lost all credibility." HIDE CAPTION Paul Begala: Why is Boehner suing Obama in face of criticism? Because he may win He sees hypocrisy in that Boehner has criticized frivolous lawsuits, backed Bush orders Begala: Sue first, ask questions later stunt might find support from Supreme Court's right wing He says if GOP can't move agenda or regain White House, maybe court will do heavy lifting Editor's note: Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 and was counselor to Clinton in the White House. He is a consultant to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN) -- House Speaker John Boehner's threatened lawsuit against President Obama has elicited scorn from the right and blistering attacks from the left. So why is Boehner pursuing it? Perhaps because he thinks he just might win in the end. As political stunts go, Boehner's is too transparent for my tastes.
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