As Twitchy reported, the Obama administration has settled on a more “expansive” definition of the term “Obamacare enrollee.” In short, anyone who has placed a health plan in his or her online cart is considered an enrollee, even without hitting that critical “Buy” button.
According to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog:
Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they’ve submitted a payment. That is when the carrier sends out a member card and begins paying doctor bills.
When the Obama administration releases health law enrollment figures later this week, though, it will use a more expansive definition. It will count people who have purchased a plan as well as those who have a plan sitting in their online shopping cart but have not yet paid.
How is is possible to consider that person an enrollee? Because the government says so, that’s how.
That ability to expand a definition until it fits one’s needs has a lot of tweeters wondering how else they might apply these stretchy new definitions to real life.
You might even be an Obamacare enrollee by the time you finish reading this post.
Something about this doesn’t sound right.