My personal take on it would be a conditional yes. Conditional in that, there should be some pretty basic questions asked of the nominee:
- Will you commit to providing accurate ACA enrollment numbers within 60 days of being in place at HHS? Specifically, how many enrolled, how many paid their premiums, how many didn’t have health insurance prior to enrolling, what are the demographics of the enrollment numbers and how many were Medicare enrollees?
- What is the plan and outlook for the PP-ACA program for the next 5 years?
If the candidate cannot answer these then they don’t belong in the position. Period. Neither party should object to these questions. From the democrats side, if the PP-ACA is such a great law regardless of the numbers, then why not divulge them? Further, both Nancy Pelosi and President Obama have touted being transparent, so again, why not share the numbers? Finally, it’s the national healthcare program so why aren’t the numbers public anyway?
GorT has heard industry analysts (folks that have been involved in the Healthcare industry for years and years) estimate that only 2 to 2½ million people have enrolled and paid. The 7 or 7½ million number is bogus and meaningless and only serves as political fodder. Additionally, a recent survey of 148 insurance brokers shows that the average premium increase for next year will be around 12% with some states exceeding that: Delaware (thanks, Joe Biden) at 100%, California (home of Nancy Pelosi) at 53%, Florida at 37% and Pennsylvania at 28%. Even the averaged increase is higher that recent years (prior to ACA being in place).
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.