Laura Ingraham: If Obamacare Sign-ups for Young People Were Good, ‘Jay Carney Would Be Crowing’

March 24, 2014 - 3:31 PM

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Moderator Chris Wallace kicks off a discussion with panelists Dick Morris, Laura Ingraham and Charles Krauthammer at the Manufacturer & Business Association's 107th Annual Event at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Greg Wohlford)

(CNSNews.com) – During a panel discussion on Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Sunday," conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham said White House press secretary Jay Carney “would be crowing” if the latest enrollment numbers for young people were good.

“They can follow every keystroke on our computers. We don't think they know the facts on this? Of course they do,” said Ingraham. “Look, if the facts were really good, I think Jay Carney would be crowing – the fact that, wow, we have 42 percent of young people have now signed up. They're paying their premiums. We're on track. We might be a little low, but we're strong, we're vital, we're moving forward. I think they would do that, right? I think it doesn't make any sense for them not to tell us.”

According to a Fox Business report, in its third progress report on Obamacare enrollment, the Department of Health and Human Services released numbers in January showing 30 percent of enrollees were 34 and under, and only 24 percent of them are between 18 and 34. The Obama administration projected it would have 7 million sign-ups during the first year of Obamacare, with 2.7 million of them being young people.

By the end of February, more than 4.2 million people had signed up and less than 1 million people signing up in that month alone, CNBC reported. March 31 is the deadline for obtaining health insurance without facing a penalty of $95 or one percent of their annual income for not signing up.

“But the fact is even among groups that are traditionally very favorable to the president, Latinos, for example, we've seen the numbers in California go up somewhat in the final push to March 31st, but still lagging way behind what they want,” Ingraham said.

She accused administration officials of trying to look “cool” in an effort to win over young enrollees.

President Barack Obama appeared recently on Zach Galifianakis’ fake web show, “Between Two Ferns” and on daytime talk show “Ellen” with Ellen Degeneres.

“And that's why Obama as the Russian troops are amassing goes on ‘Ellen,’ you know, he goes on the ‘Two Ferns’ show on the Internet,” Ingraham said. “They're doing everything.

“You know, [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen] Sebelius, talks about March madness so we think she's really cool now because she actually knows what March madness is. She probably picked Stephen Austin, you know, Stephen F. Austin, now -- to go to the final four,” she added.

“But none of this is mattering. I mean the fact you can throw-in some pop culture references and go on some of these cool comedy shows isn't going to change the fact that most young people are -- want choice. They want freedom. And they don't want to be told what to do on health care. I think this is going to be a big, big problem in November,” Ingraham said.