Vice President Joe Biden surprised no one on Wednesday when he said Obamacare would probably not reach 7 million enrollees. "We may not get to 7 million, but if we get to 5 or 6 million that’s a hell of a start,” Biden said, according to the Associated Press. This is something we've known for a while, and the Obama administration has been actively preparing for that, especially by switching its focus from 7 million to young invincibles. "In terms of how effective the marketplaces function, the makeup, the mix of the population that enrolls is more important that the total number," press secretary Jay Carney said last month. Even when the administration managed to exceed its enrollment benchmark in January, something Democrats celebrated, it didn't seem likely it would make up the ground lost in October and November.
Depending on where one falls on the political spectrum, this was either managing expectations, an admission, or a sign of the end times. NewsBusters called out mainstream media sites like ABC and NBC for not reporting on his comments — only CBS did, and not for long. Fox News' Martha MacCallum tweeted:
Uh-oh Joe! Biden admits they may not make it to 7 million in ACA by 3/31, and by the way - how many of them paid?— martha maccallum (@marthamaccallum) February 20, 2014