Thu
Mar 27 2014
04:51 pm

From CNN …

More than 6 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as a crush of people raced to get health insurance before the March 31 deadline.

President Obama announced the milestone Thursday in a call with enrollment counselors and outreach volunteers, who are undertaking an intense marketing drive in the final days of open enrollment. There were more than 1.5 million visits to HealthCare.gov and more than 430,000 calls to the call centers on Wednesday.

Obamacare tops 6 million signups

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R. Neal's picture

Look forward to watching

Look forward to watching Republicans in Congress try to take health insurance away from six million people. The chickens are coming home to roost after the cows done left the barn.

bizgrrl's picture

What is the count for all the

What is the count for all the people able to get health insurance because of the law change but are not using healthcare.gov?

KKarlRove78's picture

saw two studies on the subject

Think I read two studies putting w/ newbies@ 15-18%.

The rest are pissed at the Democrats. The GOP == not concerned.

Now, the next gift horse for the Republicans will be when aca premiums rise because they mainly signed up geezers.

metulj's picture

1. You are missing a K 2.

1. You are missing a K
2. Geezers should die. AMIRITE?

Up Goose Creek's picture

Geezers

Geezers are OK if they make it to 65. The animosity is for the late middle aged. Winnowing of the herd? Do away with people who lack the temperment to fit in a large group - corporation or government etc.

Bird_dog's picture

my pet marketing peeve

is that the premium for women is no longer higher than for men - they just raised all prems to the highest rate to cover pregnancy and children's orthodontia for everyone. Yet this is marketed as a "win for women".

My hubby was "not insurable" because of a gastric bypass - which we paid for. It "cured" his diabetes and high blood pressure and he lost some weight. No adverse side effects and it's been 10 yrs. Yet he could only get a temp high-ded catastrophic plan for 3 months at the time. Jan 1 he was able to get a plan through healthcare.gov. So instead of paying about $200 a month for no real healthcare benefits, he is paying about $300 a month for a lower ded and some actual healthcare benefits.

We both will be elig for medicare this year, so the relief for us was short-lived, but still all the plans I saw where much more reasonable that we were able to get on the open market.

gonzone's picture

Pretty soon we will hear them

Pretty soon we will hear them claim it was Saint Raygun's idea and they were for it all along while still voting to cripple the plan.

B Harmon's picture

Huge numbers

We are seeing record numbers of people at the enrollment events this weekend. If this is happening around the country, I bet we will get close to that 7 million enrollees real soon, if not by midnight tomorrow.

I am delighted that Obama has offered a "grace period" for those that have started the process but need more time.

I tried my best yesterday to explain the 60 different plans on the ACA Marketplace in a group setting. I also created a flier decoding insurance lingo for those that have never had insurance.

Still seeing too many people that fall into the Haslam Chasm. As I explain to them how this has happened, I let them know that applying for TennCare on the healthcare.gov website will also capture a good number of how many fall into this gap. I do hope the feds do something with that number to either help these folks or embarrass our state for turning away so many.

Bbeanster's picture

I have a young relative who,

I have a young relative who, to my knowledge, hasn't signed up. I'm pretty sure he's been greatly influenced by all the anti-ACA propaganda. Not that it bothers the spreaders of such crap, but they really should have to answer for the harm they're doing. They're going to cost lives.

Mike Daugherty's picture

The anti-ACA propaganda comes

The anti-ACA propaganda comes from having a mean spirit and just being ignorant. It certainly contradicts any religion they supposedly hold dear. I do, however, see some positive signs that the ACA will eventually result in a single payer plan that gives every American the health care they need and deserve. The sad thing,until then, many people will die because of inadequate healthcare. Your wealth should not buy your health...period! Decent healthcare should be a right, not a priviledge. The United States spends double per capita what all the other countries in the industrialized world spends on healthcare. Our life expectancy is lower and we rank 18th in infant mortality. Where is all the money going? The U.S. looks out for the health of the insurance industry, pharmaceutical companies, and other corporations. The other industrialized countries make human lives a higher priority.

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Treehouse's picture

Nashville

Nashville has a billboard that says "Refuse to enroll. Obamacare--where the odds are never in your favor."

I think that's hateful. How can they justify encouraging people to refuse healthcare?

Andy Axel's picture

...because the odds of going

...because the odds of going uninsured are so much better (?)

metulj's picture

Because ideological purity is

Because ideological purity is the test of one's true belonging in the State of Tennessee.

Somebody's picture

It's about winning. It's

It's about winning. It's about defeating anything associated with that dark-complected president, no matter the cost, especially if the costs are borne by "other people."

Of course, it's a last-gasp effort on this one. There's no repealing or rolling back the ACA. It's one thing to push for that when it's an abstract idea that can be effectively misrepresented with blatantly false information. Now, repeal would reverse the many generally applied benefits that effect everyone (no pre-existing conditions, no rescissions, a cap on insurance company income that can be spent on things other than patient care, keeping young adults on parents' insurance policies, etc.). Now you have over six million people enrolled in ACA exchange insurance policies. Some critics are trying to suggest that many of those people are just switching plans, but 1) that undermines their claim that ACA policies are more expensive and inferior to previous policies, and 2) even those who do fall into this category will be angry if they were forced to go back to their old policies due to an ACA repeal.

So the last effort is to discourage younger adults from enrolling in order to skew the pool of insureds in order to drive up future rates. We'll see how that turns out, but it would have to be substantial and dramatic to achieve the critics' desired results.

The truth is, come election day 2014, (and 2016) the Republican misinformation campaign will be up against not just the facts of what's actually written into the law, but against the facts of actual Americans' experiences with the law. The falsehoods will continue, but convincing anyone outside the loyal 20% FoxNews audience has now become much, much more difficult.

Somebody's picture

As predicted, the wheels are

As predicted, the wheels are already coming off of the Republicans' opposition to Obamacare.

House Republicans divided on moving forward with alternative to 'Obamacare'

Even ardent opponents now question the need to repeal the law in full. Repeal remains the official GOP position but is widely acknowledged to be impractical now that the initial problems with the enrollment website have subsided, people have signed up and popular provisions such as a ban on denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions have taken hold.

"I don't think anybody's talking about repealing the entire bill," said Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., who is a physician. "There are clearly sections of the bill ... that people are saying, 'OK, these are actually good things.'"

jbr's picture

Obamacare sign-up hits 8 million

From CNN …

Obama announced that the number of people who have signed up for private insurance through the marketplaces has grown to 8 million. About 35% of those people are under the age of 35, he added. That number is slightly less than the 40% that the White House and independent experts originally forecast for the system to work successfully, but it's higher than numbers released earlier this year.

Obama argued governors and state legislatures have chosen not to expand Medicaid "for no other reason than political spite."

Obama: Republicans 'were wrong' about Obamacare

Average Guy's picture

Republican mayor makes his own point

“You can’t close hospitals and let people die to prove a point.” So spoke the conservative Republican mayor of Belhaven, North Carolina, Adam O’Neal, this morning at a press conference at the state Legislative Building in Raleigh.

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