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Mon Mar 17, 2014, 05:07 PM

Obamacare Enrollment Has Now Reached 5 Million

Source: TPM

DYLAN SCOTT – MARCH 17, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

More than five million people have now enrolled in private health coverage through Obamacare, the Obama administration announced Monday.

The figure, announced via a blog post, provided another data point as the law's open enrollment comes to a close at the end of March. The administration said 4.2 million people had enrolled by the end of February, which means about 800,000 have signed up in March.

Obamacare is still set to fall well short of the Congressional Budget Office's original enrollment projection of 7 million, but the CBO's revised projection of 6 million -- offered after HealthCare.gov's disastrous launch -- seems attainable.

Administration officials and health policy experts have long said they expected enrollment to accelerate ahead of the March 31 deadline.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obamacare-enrollment-5-million

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Reply Obamacare Enrollment Has Now Reached 5 Million (Original post)
DonViejo Mar 2014 OP
Autumn Mar 2014 #1
bigdarryl Mar 2014 #2
progree Mar 2014 #17
someone else Mar 2014 #8
brush Mar 2014 #9
dotymed Mar 2014 #23
brush Mar 2014 #24
Autumn Mar 2014 #10
Adrahil Mar 2014 #11
Cha Mar 2014 #14
progree Mar 2014 #16
marions ghost Mar 2014 #22
progree Mar 2014 #27
bhikkhu Mar 2014 #21
ALBliberal Mar 2014 #3
BumRushDaShow Mar 2014 #4
Dustlawyer Mar 2014 #5
pnwmom Mar 2014 #7
bigwillq Mar 2014 #18
WillyT Mar 2014 #6
quadrature Mar 2014 #12
Kablooie Mar 2014 #13
Cha Mar 2014 #15
Arugula Latte Mar 2014 #19
riqster Mar 2014 #25
DiverDave Mar 2014 #20
Arugula Latte Mar 2014 #28
bananas Mar 2014 #26

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 05:15 PM

1. I'm curious how many have gone into the states Medicaid programs.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 05:33 PM

2. It's funny that the media is always saying the numbers

 

Fall short of what they predicted.The Obama administration didn't predict anything the CBO made that seven million prediction

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 03:59 AM

17. Well, the administration used the 7 million number too

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101448421

However, Tavenner herself { Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services } in a Sept. 5 memo to { Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen } Sebelius had used the total 7 million estimate in a table entitled "Projected Monthly National Enrollment Targets for Health Insurance Marketplaces."

Weeks later, in a Sept. 30 interview with NBC News on the eve of the launch of the Obamacare exchanges, Sebelius herself said, "I think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of March 2014."


Not that it matters -- its amazing that its coming out as close as it is, something like this is incredibly hard to predict.

It drives me wild the "expectation game" -- if some number falls below some forecast, even by a little bit, it's made out to be some terrible disastrous shortfall. But if a number exceeds the forecast, its made out to be some awesome achievement.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 07:00 PM

8. I have little faith the ACA will work

We should bite the bullet and do some form of single payer.

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Response to someone else (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 07:09 PM

9. It's already working

Single payer is of course the holy grail but the ACA has helped millions get health insurance they couldn't afford before.

And it's certainly better than subjecting oneself to the triage of ERs.

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Response to brush (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 19, 2014, 09:21 AM

23. Clarksville, Tn.

NO Medicaid expansion. For profit hospital. 50+, un/underemployed? Get seriously hurt, get a Band-Aid (figurative) at E.R. = big Bill, temporarily "stabilized" (of course no permanent fix, surgery, etc. & certainly no follow-up care) suffer silently/ die quickly. The ACA did shit for these people.
UNIVERSAL health care is the ONLY solution.

example- a 50 year old works under the table $6 an hour, week end nights only, as a "bar-back." Fight breaks out at bar (duh) bar-back tears ACL trying to stop disturbance.
Taken to hospital. No insurance? Here's a $500 knee brace ($20 at WAL MART)...have a good life, please pay at the door on your way OUT in a wheelchair. Pain? OK, here is a prescription for Tylenol...DEA says so..

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Response to dotymed (Reply #23)

Wed Mar 19, 2014, 12:59 PM

24. You do know about the subsidies that come with the ACA don't you?

The person in the example you mentioned could very well be eligible for a substantial government subsidy that will make a monthly premium affordable. There are some people that have a premium of less than even $100 a month.

He should definitely do some research and find out.

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Response to someone else (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 07:09 PM

10. The ACA will help. I would rather have a public option,

and I think that they should have opened up Medicare and Medicaid. The subsidies could have gone to those programs. Welcome to DU someone else.

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Response to someone else (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 07:29 PM

11. I understand your trepidation....

 

... and while I LIKE the idea of single payer, the idea of going single payer with the possibility of the Republicans controlling it scares the hell out of me. WE absolutely need a public option thought.

But the ACA is better than nothing, and big step in the right direction, even if it has issues.

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Response to someone else (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 12:18 AM

14. Well, aren't behind times.. You need to keep up. Do some research and then

come back and report to us. It's already working as much as the idiots in the gop hate it.

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Response to someone else (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 03:39 AM

16. Yes, it is indeed a travesty, an abomination

Last edited Sun Mar 23, 2014, 01:49 PM - Edit history (5)

Here's my little list of all the reasons why Obama and his cheerleaders should all be hauled before the Court of International Justice in The Hague to be tried for crimes against humanity - [font color = gray, size = 1]sarcasm thingy[/font]

no more exclusion or higher premiums because of pre-existing conditions

copays are now capped

no more annual or lifetime caps

no more cancellations because one gets injured or sick

preventive services now free

insurance companies have to spend at least 85% of revenue on actual health care, else refund the excess back to consumers

covering adult children under age 26 on parent's plan.

Medicare Part D - Prescription drug donut hole closing

reliable birth control methods are now affordable (as in free)

People of the "wrong" gender are no longer charged more

Comparing plans is much easier

Can switch plans easily (because insurers can no longer use your medical history / pre-existing conditions against you) -- should make for more real competition

Don't have to fill out any long medical history forms (or short ones either), there are no medical questions asked (except about smoking). In the old days, if you forgot some yeast infection you had as a 6 year old child, that was reason to deny an expensive claim 50 years later on the basis of history form fraud. Meanwhile the state insurance regulators just sat on their butts.

Entrepreneurial types can now much more easily leave their employer and start their own business and still have insurance. And in general much reduces "job lock" for everyone, where people stayed with a job they hated because they needed the job-supplied health insurance -- http://news.yahoo.com/health-law-workers-ponder-quit-option-060047469.html

anything else?

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listmania tag

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Response to progree (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 19, 2014, 03:05 AM

22. Those are the biggies

A friend of mine has his first health insurance in 25 years...

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #22)

Sun Mar 23, 2014, 01:56 PM

27. I added a couple more (kick)

Last edited Sun Mar 23, 2014, 02:43 PM - Edit history (1)

I added "don't have to fill out any long medical history forms" and "People of the 'wrong' gender are no longer charged more"

I'm very glad to hear about your friend.

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Response to someone else (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 19, 2014, 12:59 AM

21. It worked for my family

We got insurance in January, the first time in 10 years, and very affordable.

Now I've gotten a new job (big company) and we will be getting new insurance next month again, a pretty good plan. Looking over the packet, I recognize a lot of the details from the ACA requirements.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 05:52 PM

3. Saved so much

Two girls in college staying on our plan the past two years. My right wing friend told me the other day that is not Obamacare. I corrected her. Also our premium through my husbands work our share went from 800 to 500. I can only guess because of competition? In the benefit market place. Thank you President Obama. Oh yeah its all going back into the economy tuition cars you name it!

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Response to ALBliberal (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 06:14 PM

4. Welcome to DU!



The ability to keep kids on to 26 really makes a big difference to so many.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 06:40 PM

5. Does for 2 of my 3! My son has coverage now through work

since last year. My youngest is still in college and will be until age 24-25.

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Response to ALBliberal (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 06:44 PM

7. I'm glad for you. Two of our family members have, too.

One got a new individual policy for 60% of what he was paying for COBRA, and the other got Medicaid.

Welcome to DU!

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Response to ALBliberal (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 11:43 AM

18. Hello.

 

Welcome to DU!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 06:41 PM

6. K & R !!!

 


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 07:42 PM

12. how many are rollovers? 70% 90% 99% ? ..nt

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 07:44 PM

13. The new Republican health plan is based on the premise that you can keep your current insurance.

But now there are 5 million people that will lose their current insurance if the Obamacare is eliminated.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 12:20 AM

15. Thanks Don.. Thanks Obama!



“I’m One Grateful Old Lady”


http://theobamadiary.com/2014/03/17/a-word-from-57/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 11:55 AM

19. I'm going to add to that number today.

 

I've been delaying dealing with this but I found a comparable policy that is significantly cheaper. Thank you, Obamacare!

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 19, 2014, 01:56 PM

25. Good for you!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 06:39 PM

20. My wife and I just completed the

enrollment.
6.60 per month for BC/BS.
Now I can go to the dentist.

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Response to DiverDave (Reply #20)

Sun Mar 23, 2014, 04:08 PM

28. Wow, that is great!

 

Happy for you!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Mar 19, 2014, 02:51 PM

26. What's the March 31 deadline? nt

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