The time Karl Rove “proved” Obamacare would never reach 7m sign-ups

Yesterday, President Obama announced that the administration has met its goal of getting 7 million people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care act, aka Obamacare.

Stephen Colbert has some great clips of Fox News claiming, only a few weeks ago, that the administration would never reach its goal of 7 million sign-ups.

In fact, just one week ago, Karl Rove even brought out his “white board” to “prove” that the 7 million sign-ups were impossible.


Karl Rove on Fox News, 3/24/14: “There is no way they’re gonna get anywhere close. It just ain’t gonna happen.”

Rove’s “proof” is classic Rove. You see, even though 7 million people signed up for Obamacare plans, what if – Rove asks – some of those people refuse to pay their  premium? They then would lose their insurance, so the number of total insured would be lower.


This is a game the GOP has been playing on health care reform from the beginning.  They’re trying to define-down the number of actual sign-ups by claiming that you’re not really “signed up” until you’re paying your monthly premium (people aren’t paying their premiums until, you know, their insurance actually starts).

Rove’s argument is absurd, because even after you’re paying your monthly premium, you could still stop paying the next month, and then lose your insurance. So he could keep arguing forever that the administration will never meet its goal until people pay in advance for a lifetime’s worth of insurance. 

Here’s the video of Rove on Fox a week ago. After that is Stephen Colbert talking about Rove and the ACA milestone being reached.

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