MSNBC host Ed Schultz yesterday raved about the latest Obamacare enrollment figures, which have swollen to 5 million, according to a release issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In kicking off a segment on this topic, Schultz said, “As of today, 5 million people are enrolled Affordable Care coverage. Those millions will visit doctors, get treatment and won’t be turned away for preexisting conditions — all good stuff.”

The HHS press release was dated March 17, which means that Obamacare reached this key number weeks after Schultz predicted it would in a defiant segment back on Dec. 11: “I’m going to make a prediction tonight. It`s going to hit 5 million by March 1. That’s right. Five million people signed up by March 1. Get your tapes rolling at home, folks, because it’s going to be a big ‘I told you so.’”

On his program last week, after news had surfaced that the enrollment tally was 4.2 million as of March 1, Schultz attempted to revise his own predictive history: “Well, I predicted 5 million people are going to sign up by the end of this month [March]. We’re closing on it on that number.”

If Schultz had really foreseen 5 million by March 31, then why wasn’t he crowing on last night’s show about how Obamacare had beaten his own prediction? Lesson: Schultz can cheerlead for Obama administration initiatives all he wants, but perhaps it’s best to steer clear of chest-beating policy predictions.

 

 

 

 

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.