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GOP fact check: Nearly 90 percent of 'Obamacare' enrollees have paid premiums

President Barack Obama speaks at USC Shoah Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
President Barack Obama speaks at USC Shoah Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Photo by Kevin Winter

Ever since the Affordable Care Care rolled out in late 2013, Republicans and the right-wing media have been doing whatever it takes to hide the positives, highlight the negatives and at times, just make stuff up.

After the White House announced that over 8 million people had signed up for health insurance through the health care exchange, Republicans and conservative media went into full defensive mode. Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed that President Obama and the White House were "cooking the books" and Fox News continued the narrative that those who signed up, didn't actually pay for their premiums.

Pushing back at conservative claims, a report by Bloomberg shows that multiple large insurers are reporting that as many as 90 percent of customers have paid their first month premium.

"Three large health insurers including WellPoint Inc. (WLP) and Aetna Inc. (AET) say that a high percentage of their new Obamacare customers are paying their first premiums, undermining a Republican criticism of enrollment in the program.

As many as 90 percent of WellPoint customers have paid their first premium by its due date, according to testimony the company prepared for a congressional hearing today. For Aetna, the payment is in the "low to mid-80 percent range," the company said in its own testimony. Health Care Service Corp., which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in five states including Texas, said that number is at least 83 percent."

While 8 million people have reportedly signed up for private insurance via the health care exchange, that number reaches over 10 million when you factor in additional Medicaid sign ups for the states who agreed to expand the program. Republicans can attempt to spin information if they choose to, but facts are the facts and they aren't on their side.