The Obama administration told congressional Republicans to ask insurers who paid for insurance, so they did. The result was the House Energy and Commerce committee's incomplete and misleading survey, which found that 67 percent of Obamacare enrollees have paid premiums. It's inaccurate, but also the best data we have. Until the White House gifts us all with a detailed report of how many people have paid, all we have is this report that doesn't account for anyone from the state-run exchanges, or those who enrolled last minute through Healthcare.gov.
The committee report found that 2.45 million people — 67 percent of Obamacare enrollees using the federal exchange — have paid their premiums and are actually enrolled. The report admits to its shortcomings without acknowledging how critical those shortcomings are. It only counts the federal exchange, and not the millions of Americans who enrolled through state-run exchanges. More importantly, it only counts people who paid by April 15. Some April payments weren't due until yesterday, two weeks after the committee's cutoff date.
Despite those caveats, the report argues that its 67 percent figure is accurate, and only 25 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds have paid. It's worth noting that by several accounts there was a surge in youth enrollment near the end of the period — many of the payments that are likely younger. The problem is, no one can say for sure because all we've got to go on is the GOP report.