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ed schultz obamacare enrollment

On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz reacted to the release of the enrollment numbers for Obamacare by trying to put a positive spin on the dismal numbers.

After criticizing Bill Clinton for saying that Obama should let people keep their health plans, Schultz read the enrollment numbers off a monitor:

Holy smokes, we’re 100 percent higher than yesterday? And that’s just for October.

Not only was he putting a happy face on Obamacare, he wasn’t even mathematically correct.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that fewer than 50,000 people had enrolled on the federal website—the actual number turned out to be just 26,794—and that another 49,100 had enrolled on the state-run exchanges, not including California and Massachusetts. If they had been included, the estimate would have been very close to the actual number of 79,391.

So there was no doubling of numbers in a day. But that fact would have spoiled Schultz’s attempt to spin Obamacare as a success.

Considering that the Obama administration was predicting that 500,000 people would sign up in October—and only about one-fifth of that number did—the law is clearly a disaster, no matter what Schultz says.

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