The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental plans in a number it reported for enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, an unpublicized detail that helped surpass a goal for 7 million sign-ups.
Federal officials said in September they had 7.3 million people enrolled in coverage through new government-run insurance exchanges. They didn't distinguish between medical and dental plans, breaking from previous practice without notice.
The move also partly obscured the attrition of more than 1 million in the number of people enrolled in medical insurance.
"There was agreement among the broadcast networks that this was overtly political. The White House has tried to make a comparison to a time that all the networks carried President Bush in prime time, also related to immigration . But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House." read more
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The N-Word, Updated: 6 Code Words or Terms That Often Mean the Same Thing
2) Urban/Inner city
3) State's rights
4) Welfare and food stamps
5) Law and order
6) Cut taxes read more
As Americans shop in the health insurance marketplace for a second year, President Obama is depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the sick.
Those same insurers have long viewed government as an unreliable business partner that imposed taxes, fees and countless regulations and had the power to cut payment rates and cap profit margins.
But since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the relationship between the Obama administration and insurers has evolved into a powerful, mutually beneficial partnership that has been a boon to the nation's largest private health plans and led to a profitable surge in their Medicaid enrollment. read more