Obamacare Hits 1 Million Mark

December saw a surge in enrollment for health insurance through the federal exchange

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President Barack Obama answers questions during a press conference in the East Room of the White House August 9, 2013 in Washington.

More than 1.1 million people have signed up for health care using the federal insurance exchange, White House officials said on Sunday.

Almost 1 million enrolled in December alone, meeting a Christmas Eve deadline to begin receiving coverage on Jan. 1, the Associated Press reports. The surge of enrollment was in part due to sweeping fixes to the glitch-riddled site, according to Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The federal health care marketplace saw only 27,000 people sign up in October and 137,000 in November. Though surpassing the million mark is a positive sign for President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform, the Administration had hoped that more 3.3 million Americans would sign up for insurance through federal and state exchanges by year’s end.

White House officials have yet to release data on the 14 states managing their own exchanges. Figures for December are expected next month. The Administration is aiming to sign up 7 million Americans before the first-year open-enrollment period ends in late March.

[AP]

39 comments
ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

A Democrat Congresswoman just claimed that enrollment was low because many people thought that Obama Care was repealed. The White House is claiming a huge surge. So which is which ? That is the problem when people see you as a liar and cant be trusted. They take everything with a grain of salt. Only an independent and trusted group to oversea the enrollment with transparency will do to regain the trust.


dickcramer
dickcramer

I am stunned at so many stupid comments by obvious trolls for the special interests who are finally being forced to offer health care services to everyone and at costs which will be only 1/2 the cost to GNP as our for health care before AHCA.

Cry your eyes out you corrupt trolls. You can't stop this any more than Reagan could stop SSI and Medicare. We are on the road to using the models of Massachusetts and the social democracies of Europe where regulated healthcare as a matter of RIGHT, rather than the privilege of wealth becomes the new test for health care eligibility.

Your unending lies about cost and quality of care will soon be clear beginning 1/1/2014.

JimmyDemello
JimmyDemello

Not much of a surge, call it a mild inclination or tame proclivity or unstrained movement.

Mendel
Mendel

The US has one of the least efficient healthcare system among developed countries in the world, we pay by far the most into the system but as a nation we get very little back. The system is broken and needs to be fixed. The most efficient way of funding healthcare is for everyone to chip into a common fund as this spreads the risk and lowers the price per capita. This is a fact. PLEASE PRESENT ME WITH DATA THAT PROVES THIS STATEMENT WRONG. Furthermore, it comes with the pure bonus of providing a bit of dignity to those that cannot afford health insurance. 

It appears the new tea party buzz word is 'racket', catchy...  



Discursions
Discursions

1 million signed up, 5 million policies cancelled.  Seems legit.

HearMeNow
HearMeNow

I really don't understand the opposition to this policy. There's been no other viable option floated which means that the uninsured would continue going to emergency rooms when their illness reached critical mass.  Doesn't that cost everyone? 


Can someone share the better course without any absurd name calling?     

ITeedOff
ITeedOff

Wait a second... this is the number who signed up on the web site - not the number who actually bought a policy.

It's like signing up on TIME.com - not everyone who does actually has a paid subscription.

HearMeNow
HearMeNow

Despite the extreme negativity from the opposition to this effort, it appears that the website is functioning properly and people are signing up.  


Despite what some may hope, the ACA is here to stay.  It may need some refinements, but for those excluded due to pre-existing conditions and many who had reached a lifetime maximum, this is welcome coverage. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

Republicans are whining and signing.  Everyday.   

DianeCoffman
DianeCoffman

I hate missing information. How many citizens are mandated to sign up for Obamacare? My question is how many have not signed up?

tom.litton
tom.litton

@ReneDemonteverdeYou do realize they aren't opposed to each other right?  You can have low enrollment and a surge (ie increase) in enrollment.


Having said that, the claim that it's low because people think Obamacare was repealed is BS.   I can see people thinking the site is still broken though.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@ReneDemonteverde An independent group- The New York Times  investigated the Benghazi attack and concluded that there was no "scandal". Didn't stop the Tea Partiers from telling us that those "facts" weren't the right "facts"....because their "facts" were the right ones. 

dickcramer
dickcramer

@Discursions 5MM crap policies that provided inadequate coverage for ignorants or the poor are no loss to society or the victims who owned them. BHO, like FDR will go down as one of the greatest presidents of, by and for the people in history and in the process consign the former Dixiecrats N/K/A GOP/Tea PARTY to the dustbin of related fascist fronts for the irresponsible, lying 1%.

P90Xcoach
P90Xcoach

@HearMeNow No other viable option?  Oh other options have been mentioned, you just won't hear about them--if your source is the mainstream media, that is.

Discursions
Discursions

@HearMeNow It's false that no viable options have been proposed.  And with insurance at 2k a month with 6k deductibles, people will still go to the emergency room for illnesses.

ToddWest
ToddWest

@HearMeNow forcing everyone to purchase a commercial product which costs hundreds of dollars a month for a product or service they had not decided to purchase before, perhaps hundreds more for the same kinda product or service they had made the decision to previously purchase, and then before they actually get to use the service in full they must pay thousands more into the commercial organizations which provide that product or service is a type of mandated racket. This is not national healthcare, this is a national requirement to purchase commercial health industry products or services; or, if you are poor enough, be forced into a system where you may get some kind of healthcare "services" but it is paid for by everyone else, yet as it is now, you will get basically NOTHING, but the costs for that nothing will rise tremendously as millions, which is most who are signing up, will be feeders not contributors into this "system".....it goes on and on, if you cannot understand this is a racket, you need to study criminal mandates as history shows arises from socialist, communistic, national identity enforced states.  Forcing anyone to pay into systems for the greater benefit of that system feeds a beast which will quickly spiral out of control and cost even more.......it's a bad deal for the majority, and is indeed tyranny.

ITeedOff
ITeedOff

@HearMeNow The main opposition lies with the fact that one is basically forced to purchase insurance. If someone doesn't have insurance, there is MedicAid. One can walk into (or be brought in via ambulatory service) a municipal hospital and get care. They would then be asked to pay as their financial situation allowed.

What exactly was wrong with that system?

ToddWest
ToddWest

@HearMeNowsorry, many of us will not ever sign up for it, nor allow the government to take money from us for not purchasing a commercial product or service, and there are literally, millions of us, so actually what the ACA will do, is lead to a massive social revolt when they start taking money from noncompliant.  The "good" things you talk about could have been done without requiring everyone to pay into a health care services racket......again, it's hundreds or thousands more it will cost people than it did not before as bad as it was, all that will get worse as poor who never could go see a doctor now flock in and you'll pay for their "healthcare", fixing pre-existing conditions and lifetime maximum was something for the government to force the industry to fix, not throw that in while forcing everyone to participate in this nationalistic guise as healthcare, when it is a mandated pay-play into a commercial health care and services industry......

Openminded1
Openminded1

@roknsteve You live in fantasy land Elvis, your savior is not doing to well in the polls and obamacare not doing to well either. Stick to the swamp and your hive friends bleeding heart liberal wimps that they and you are. You morons just follow party lines and agree with each other no matter what. silly little girls.

ToddWest
ToddWest

@DianeCoffmanall citizens are mandated to have insurance coverage, either medicaid or a commercial product or service you purchase.  if you're on SSI and some other "loopholes" you might not have to purchase these commercial products and services, yet if you do not the IRS will prosecute you by lien, fine, or after a period of time, arrest. Most of the 80 million plus in the US who do not have health insurance coverage have not signed up. They need 7 million to "make the numbers work" but that's a lie, and they keep the myth that only 40-48 million in this country do not have health insurance.  The real number is 48% do not have insurance, the real reason it is not higher is they include seniors and others on medicare/medicaid as having "health insurance".  The whole thing is a massive scam and racket.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@DianeCoffman First of all do not buy the White house Version and bs numbers that allegedly signed up. Many more  millions have not signed up that are mandated to do so. This Obamacare is a failure like Obama himself.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@tom.litton@ReneDemonteverdeThey should appoint an independent group to monitor the enrollings. Only way. Obama is not trusted by people anymore. Are you even sure the number is a million ? Why ? Because Obama said so ? Just as your plan will remain the same period. You can keep your doctor period. Your premium will increase period. Obama is already running out of periods.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@barneydidit@ReneDemonteverdeYou think people are as gullible as you. What took NYT years to conclude Benghazi was not a scandal  ? A Commander in Chief snoring his way while his people are being butchered waiting for his help is already a scandal. You would believe NYT over Congress, that is your business. Just do not assume other people are just as naive as you. Only way this can be resolve is to allow witnesses to testify, document requested released and have an open and transparent investigation, which Obama doesnt want.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@P90Xcoach@HearMeNowWhat are the options then?  People keep saying there are options, but then when asked what they are they never reply.


I'm forced to conclude these other options are a myth.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@ToddWestIf you want to move to a single payer system, then you need to vote more democrats into office.  It's the republicans that are preventing it.  


In fact this system was created by republicans as an alternative to a single payer system the democrats wanted in the 90s

dickcramer
dickcramer

@ITeedOff@HearMeNow Simple teed off; that system killed 45,000 people/year according to the Harvard Medical School and as a % of GDP cost 2X TWO TIMES the amount of superior health care systems in the rest of the civilized world.

HearMeNow
HearMeNow

@Openminded1@DianeCoffman No other plan is being offered as an alternative to the ACA which has been upheld as constitutional by the SCOTUS.  It would be very bad politics to try to take away coverage from those with pre-existing conditions and those who had reached a lifetime maximum under the previous rules.  What about parents who appreciate the ability to keep children on their policies until age 26 so that they can finish college and get on their feet?  


Absent a better alternative, the ACA is here to stay.