Don't believe President Barack Obama's claim that 6 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, warns Glenn Kessler, author of the influential Fact Checker blog in The Washington Post.
Kessler told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that the figure is based on combining a figure of 2.1 million for people who have selected plans on state and federal exchanges, and 3.9 million for Medicaid.
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"The 3.9 million from Medicaid — that's essentially everyone who signed up for Medicaid in October and November," Kessler told Malzberg on Friday.
"But it turns out its two months of numbers having to do with everyone who ever signed up for Medicaid. It really doesn't tell you anything about how well the Affordable Care Act is doing."
"[It's] somewhat similar to saying you put something in your shopping cart at Amazon and that's what they're counting, all of the things that are in the shopping cart. They don't know how many people actually pushed the button and ordered the item."
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