November ‘Surge’ in Obamacare Enrollment

More than 200,000 people have signed up, researchers with the Commonwealth Fund said

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Health care policy researchers said Friday that enrollment in the private health marketplaces jumped in November, the Washington Post reports.

The researchers with the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation for the research of health care policy, said that new data on enrollment in the 14 state-run marketplaces alone brought the new total to 200,000. The new figures do not include any additional enrollments in the federal marketplaces in November.

The federal government previously said that 106,000 people signed up in October total, or less than 2% of the 7 million Americans federal officials expect to enroll.

[Washington Post]

29 comments
ThomasHall
ThomasHall

Despite the massive, GOP and their wealthy conservative donors like the Koch brothers half-billion-dollar effort to kill the ACA, to perpetuate the false propaganda that ranges from death panels to wrecking our economy (which the GOP are better at), or the GOP-controlled states who try to kill the ACA by refusing to set up state exchanges or deny five million of the poorest to be included under Medicaid, as more people become enrolled and sign up for insurance previously not available because of pre-existing conditions or affordability, the ACA will become more popular. The GOP are more afraid that the ACA will succeed and cut into the abuses and excessive profits of their wealthy healthcare providers, rich doctors, insurers, and medical equipment providers.

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Our family thank you Mr. Obama for the ACA.

barneydidit
barneydidit

Another article on the ACA...another opportunity for right wingers to condemn the law....and still another opportunity for them to present the Republican alternative. Strange how wingers jump on one of those opportunities almost before the cyber-ink is dry...and yet never get around to the second one. Even stranger is their confidence in the idea that the American public doesn't notice that trend. 

JohnDavidDeatherage
JohnDavidDeatherage

ACA needs 7 million people to sign up.  200 k so far is only a drop in the bucket.

Mr.Stark
Mr.Stark

How is this a surge? When one month had passed we were around 100k. Now it's almost two months and we're at 200k. Sounds like it hasn't accelerated at all..

aztecian
aztecian

hahahahaha....now you stink, capitalist ring wingers!!!

Chosun1
Chosun1

So, let's see, what's the ratio of Obamacare enrollments to Obamacare cancellations?  Right. 

DarleneRitterGoodfellow
DarleneRitterGoodfellow

@JohnDavidDeatherage Romneycare got off to a slow start as well - I am going to sign up but I need help (two self-employeds)  and haven't had time - will get it done by Dec. 15th though

Mr.Stark
Mr.Stark

@aztecian Right, because it's a total success to get 200 thousand people healthcare at the cost of millions of people losing their coverage.
 

This shouldn't even be a politically divided issue. The whole thing is a major failure and disaster, and not acknowledging that doesn't mean you're left wing, it just means you're misled as to what's going on.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian Media bs aztec do not get to excited, it is failing and everyone know its a joke, and will haunt Barry and history, it is the faliure that he will be remembered for.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

@Chosun1 What's the ratio of Obamacare enrollments to cancellations of sub-standard policies that don't cover anything?  FIFY.

FlowerJasmin
FlowerJasmin

@Chosun1 They will be manipulating the data as they need. It is very easy to do; the company who will be government dependent, will be decided for what criteria will be used to define success. 

Most of the people will see huge increases including on their private polices even employer based, then there will be millions getting subsidies and medicaid. 

They will take  complete numbers of payments and divide by all with having  insurance which will show great reductions in healthcare costs. It is simple math that we all can do. If you divide by huge number your result will always be small number.

 In reality, the middle class will pay for all this shenanigans with blood and sweat (since subsidies and increased taxes for medicaid will also be inconspicuously transferred to their shoulders) but they will show "proof" they they reduced healthcare costs by "pooling" all into the system.

If feds can manipulate currency for them to manipulate numbers like this is piece of cake.

fhmadvocat
fhmadvocat

@reallife @barneydidit reallife, as much as Obamacare sucks, NO OBAMACARE,  is not the answer.  Even the Republicans understand that.  They are  afraid that even if they control Congress and the Presidency in 2017, if they simply try to repeal Obamacare, they will be pummeled in the polls.  Ever see the Republicans try and reform Social Security?

It will not be a winning issue in 2014.  Sure they may take over the Senate and keep control of the House, but Obama will still be President and they will not have enough votes to overturn a veto.  Are they going to tell 40 million people, "sorry, but your insurance under Obamacare is gone!"  How about all the new folks on Medicaid who will lose that?  Great!  Now these folks will be uninsured and the hospitals can pass the emergency bills of the uninsured back on the rest of us through higher medical bills to our insurance companies who will then pass the costs to us in higher insurance premiums!!  Boy, that's a winner!!

tom.litton
tom.litton

@Mr.Stark I'm curious what you think should happen now?  Should republicans work with democrats to keep Obamacare, more or less intact, and fix the current problems?  For example allowing the people with current health insurance to keep it until the insurance companies decide to cancel the policy?

Should we go back to allowing insurance companies to deny healthcare for people who are sick (and who will die without it)?

Should we go to a single payer system?

Do you have another solution?

manlyman
manlyman

@Openminded1 @aztecian signed up, or enrolled? And who's doing the counting? The same people who tallied the unemployment numbers right before the 2012 elections? This is a joke, right Time? Even you aren't dumb enough to believe this garbage?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Hollywooddeed @Chosun1 I am happy I do not need stinking Obamacare. Covered very nicly, it is great to be retired and comfortable. Hows the dog hollywood?

La_Randy
La_Randy

@FlowerJasmin @Chosun1 How about the 5 million , twice the number of junk policies canceled, that republicans have denied their citizens access to due to medicaid not being expanded?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @Mr.Stark @davidOfNazareth Every one lies according to you, unless they say what your bleeding heart bs wants them to say. Plus your bs about fear mongering all the time grow up get a life lib, its not all about politics and  your savior Obama. he will go down in history alright ,just not the way he was hoping for .

FlowerJasmin
FlowerJasmin

@davidOfNazareth @Mr.Stark"You don't know the difference between a website and health care reform" Well, if they could not get a website going for 3 years, lied to people about it being ready, intentionally removed the "anonymous shopper" to get people to sign up before even seeing any prices, keeping numbers in secret ( I am sure this Commonweath Fund gets its funding from government) and most of those signed up were for medicaid  then the joke is on you, genius. 



Mr.Stark
Mr.Stark

@aztecian @Mr.Stark @davidOfNazareth First off, you just agreed with me that millions are losing their coverage, so where is the lie?

Second, there is no fear mongering here. It's a lot more complex than simply people being able to move their plans over. Some people might have had better deals with their private providers. Many had insurance provided by their employers. So you telling them that they can just sign up again, is really telling them that they should have to pay a significantly larger amount of money for the "affordable" care act, money that many cannot afford. And thanks to the ACA, many who once had health care no longer do.

Mr.Stark
Mr.Stark

@davidOfNazareth @Mr.Stark I get the difference.  You could argue that even though this has serious drawbacks it's a step closer to a healthcare system that's affordable for everyone. But that's overlooking the facts of what this "step closer" or this "reform" entails. Millions of people are losing their private insurance coverage for this 200k that have signed on (which is far below what the projected estimates were at the outset of the ACA). So, yeah, you could say it's a good thing, a step in the right direction. But sometimes the ends don't justify the means. Significantly ruining millions of peoples lives is not a moral or rational way to go about achieving progress.

fhmadvocat
fhmadvocat

@Openminded1 When welfare recipients go to the emergency room, someone has to pay.  Either the hospital pays, the insurance company pays or the government pays.  Well if it is the insurance company that "pays" that means you and me through our insurance premiums.  If it is the hospital, that it is you and me through higher bills;  it is the government, then it is you and me through taxes.  It makes more sense of you and me to pay a $500 regular visit than a $2,500.00 emergency room bill.

Don't forget this was originally the plan of that Muslim Socialist organization the Heritage Institute.  After all, it is about individual responsibility.  People should have to have health insurance, even if the government has to pay for it. LOL

Openminded1
Openminded1

@fhmadvocat @Openminded1 My insurance has nothing to with ACA , and has been good for years with no help from Obama and his care package for his folks in the hood.  But once again you are wrong it does not effect people like me, my insurance will not change. and i can afford it, The people getting hurt are the no so happy people in the middle, because it looks like they can not keep their old insurance. It may help the welfare recipients and those defrauding the govt, and food stamp collectors. but not the middle class. Time will tell the true story and it will not be good for the Muslim in the oval office.