ObamaCare: $56,819 To Sign Up Each Enrollee In Hawaii

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Wait what

Dublin, OH

#1 Feb 16, 2014
How much does it cost taxpayers to sign up one ObamaCare enrollee? In President Obama's home state of Hawaii, it's $56,819.

The Obama administration gave Hawaii $205 million in grants over the past three years to set up its state-run exchange. But so far, only 3,614 Hawaiians have filled out applications — just 40% of the state's enrollment goal.

Even if Hawaii were to reach its 9,000 target, it would still cost nearly $23,000 for each enrollee.

Hawaii's low sign-up numbers have state officials scrambling to figure out what to do next year, when its exchange is supposed to rely on excise taxes charged to insurers selling through the Hawaii Health Connector.

Washington, D.C., meanwhile, received $133.6 million in federal grants to build its exchange, but so far has signed up just 5,090 — for a per-enrollee cost of $26,242.

Ironically, the city where Obama signed ObamaCare into law is just 12% toward its enrollment goal, the second worst rate in the country.

Next in line is Massachusetts, which actually had a functioning exchange website, built as part of its 2006 reform law that served as the model for ObamaCare. But the site had to be rebuilt to suit the health reform law.

After $180 million in grants, however, Massachusetts has enrolled only 8,139 in its new exchange — or $22,124 per enrollee. It had expected 250,000 people to buy an ObamaCare plan in the first year.

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3rd World America

Reynoldsburg, OH

#2 Feb 16, 2014
America is broken and there's no fixing it. All we can do is hand the mess to our kids and grandkids and mumble something about how it was already broken when it was given to us. Don't bother apologizing to them. It will sound insincere... just like when our folks told us they were sorry.

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Neutral Party

Prospect, KY

#3 Feb 16, 2014
No surprise to those aware of how the govt works that administrative costs are excessive. The govt can't run a thing more efficient than the private sector. The govt has no incentive to operate efficiently, none. The govt is the classic example of a monopoly and why limits in its power is a must.

As long as the politician continues to serve the donor and lobbyist and not the citizen this will continue.

I see a big reaction coming this fall as the Republican's will again gain more seats. The question is will their leadership be effective.

My hope is that Boehner and McConnell will not be in charge. And that Graham and McCain get ignored. We need a true conservative alternative in America.

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