Healthcare crisis? Well maybe not so much
"The federal risk pool has definitely provided critical access, in some cases lifesaving access, to health insurance," said Amie Goldman, chair of a national association of state high-risk insurance pools. "That said, enrollment so far is lower than we would have expected."
California, which has money for about 20,000 people, has received fewer than 450 applications, according to a state official. The program in Texas had enrolled about 200 by early September, an official in that state said. Goldman, who runs the pool in Wisconsin, said they've received fewer than 300 applications so far, with room for about 8,000 people in the program."
Government economists projected as recently as April that 375,000 people would gain coverage this year, and they questioned whether $5 billion allocated to the program would be enough.
Remember how we were sold people were dying in the streets. That without the American Taxpayer paying up and having this rammed down our throats people were just going to start dropping?
Remember how we told you there was NO CRISIS?
Apparently there isn't one. Well go figure.