There’s entirely too much negativity going around, and we need to put a stop to it. People just seem to want to focus on the bad news. Thank goodness, we have leaders who know what to do about this kind of unproductive pessimism — take, for example, this report from inforum.com, “North Dakota’s #1 news website:”
The Obama administration asked North Dakota’s largest health insurer not to publicize how many people have signed up for health insurance through a new online exchange, a company official says.
Damn right. What good will it do anyone to know these numbers? Will it make getting insurance any easier? Will it improve the functionality of the “online exchange?” No. All it will do is further discourage hard-working people, who already have enough worries.
But, you may say, suppressing information is no way to treat people. Okay, you really want to know?
Still, a spokeswoman from Blue Cross Blue Shield says about 14 North Dakotans have signed up for coverage since the federal exchange went live Oct. 1. That brings total statewide enrollment to 20 – less than one a day.
Feel better now? I didn’t think so. But look at the truth behind these numbers.
At first glance, this apparently low level of enrollment appears to fuel the fires of Obamacare opposition. But that’s exactly what the spinmeisters want to you think. Notice anything funny here?
First of all — North Dakota? Really? Why North Dakota? Because, in fact, twenty people signing up in a state like California would be a tiny fraction of the population. But there are very, very few people in North Dakota. In fact, bison outnumber people by about 20 to 1 (more on the bison later). Twenty people is a sizable sample of the state’s population, especially when you take into account the vast distances most people must travel to access the internet there, and the fact that winter — nothing to sneeze at in North Dakota, where drifts can grow to twenty feet deep — started about one month before exchanges opened.
But the rabid opponents of healthcare for the little guy (and gal!) seize on this skewed data, shove it this way and that, and use it to promote the false impression that the healthcare exchanges across the country are not working.
The next time the government tells you something is none of your business, maybe now you will better understand why, and stop wasting valuable time with useless demands for answers to questions that never should have been asked in the first place. Now, bark like a dog for me! That’s right! Bark! Bark!