- - Thursday, April 3, 2014

Because 7 million people signed up on the health care exchanges by the March 31 deadline, Obamacare has achieved a glorious victory.

This, at least, is what you’ve probably heard from liberal media outlets before they rapidly move back to speculation about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. But how appropriate that the Obamacare announcement should have come on April Fool’s Day and leave unexamined the host of issues sampled below:

There are about 115 million households in the United States. At only two per household, that means Obamacare registration reached only 3 percent.

Much more that 7 million lost their health coverage because insurers canceled policies that could not be offered under Obamacare, or else people had their work hours cut to below 30 hours per week.

The 7 million total includes those who lost insurance or changed carriers. However, remember when the administration was selling Obamacare to the nation, it gave the number of 45 million uninsured. Therefore probably 90 percent remain without coverage.

Seven million may have signed up, but can the exchanges attach them to a carrier that confirms coverage? Where is the confident announcement of links established to 36 state exchanges and the insurance carriers?

The vast majority of Americans have experienced a disaster. It can be fixed by replacing a 3,000-plus-page bill with about 70 pages of readable legislation addressing genuine needs.

NOLAN NELSON

Eugene, Ore.