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Call It A Comeback: More Than 9 Million Americans Have Health Insurance Through Obamacare

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Call It A Comeback: More Than 9 Million Americans Have Health Insurance Through Obamacare


You don’t get much credit for fixing something that should have worked in the first place, but the Obama administration has avoided a major catastrophe by delivering on its promise to fix HealthCare.gov for most Americans.

After two months of barely functioning, the federal online health care exchanges delivered, racking up 975,000 enrollments in the month of December. That brings the total number of people who have picked a plan through an exchange since October 1 to about two million. The administration reached about two-thirds of its goal of enrolling 3.3 million by the end of 2013 after being fully operational one-third of the time. And it turns out most of the enrollments came during the one-week extension the White House gave itself after the initial problems with the site became apparent.

Four million people have qualified for Medicaid, according to ACASignups.net. Another 3.1 million young adults are covered by their parents’ health insurance, thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This means over nine million people have gained coverage through the ACA since it first became law.

That number could easily shrink or grow as insurers report on how many people purchased ACA-compliant policies directly through them. It’s also unclear how many canceled policies were replaced by plans purchased through the exchanges.

Looking at the rate of enrollments for Medicare Part D, president of health research firm Avalere Health Dan Mendelson believes that the administration can hit its goal of seven million enrollments by the close of open enrollment on March 31.

“Where they are, with about two million enrolled, if they continue to enroll at the present rate, and there’s a little acceleration at the end, they could get to seven million,” Mendelson told the Washington Post‘s Sarah Kliff.

However, Republicans are still predicting doom for the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, suggesting that the disastrous rollout of the exchanges is just the beginning of the problems.

“Just about everyone on the right is still living in October, the annus horribilis of Obamacare (yes, I know it was just a month, and I don’t care), and is waiting to move in for the kill after the whole thing collapses,” The New York Times‘ Paul Krugman wrote.

Republicans are assuming that the estimated 3 percent of Americans who will be paying more under the law along with disruptions of relationships with doctors will overwhelm both the news of millions gaining coverage and Republican states denying Medicaid expansion to five million working people.

Predictions of Obamacare’s death made sense when it seemed a very real possibility that HealthCare.gov could not be fixed.

Now that those predictions have been proven wrong, the law will have a chance to be judged on its merits.

Photo: Will O’Neill via Flickr



  1. Lynda Groom December 30, 2013

    Only the fantasy world of the opposition could such numbers be viewed as bad news.

    1. Independent1 December 30, 2013

      You’ve got it!! When a political party’s objective is to do everything in its power to make the country and therefore our president fail, any good news has to be bad news. Have a happy & healthy New Year!!

    2. dancerboots December 31, 2013

      May I share your words?…spot on

  2. sigrid28 December 31, 2013

    Best news ever: my son (with pre-conditions) fully insured for the first time in five years thanks to Medicaid expansion in Iowa. He obtained this coverage through an initial inquiry on healthcare.gov. His card arrived in the mail today for coverage starting January 1st. Our new year looks brighter already. We are proud that he is one of nine million–and counting.

    1. Betty O'Nan December 31, 2013

      Thank you for sharing the good news!

    2. charleo1 December 31, 2013

      Amen to that, sigrid. I could not be more pleased for you, and your Son!

  3. NCSteve December 31, 2013

    Bah! Nothing has to be judged on its merits in this post-factual anti-reason anecdote driven world the Republicans and the corporate media have created for us.

  4. latebloomingrandma December 31, 2013

    This country used to be proud of doing big things. I can’t believe how many small minded people and sourpusses there are in Congress.
    I remember how much the country changed after the trauma of the JFK assassination .
    I think the real trauma of the 9/11 attacks is what the terrorists did to our nation’s collective psyche. We are not the same country. We are all rowing in different directions.

    1. Orus Dias Delaney December 31, 2013

      The GOP/TEAliban is running that game on the suckers in ACA-less Red states. Rather let SS/Medicare die b4 or with them while turning Health Insurance into the Second Coming of Car Insurance.

  5. RobertCHastings December 31, 2013

    “bikejedi”, where are you? You read the National Memo, and you have yet to comment on this article. Are you going to call this all lies, that fewer than a million are on Obamacare, or are you finally going to accept the truth, not as spoken by Fox News, but by real people who deal in real facts and statistics?

    1. elw December 31, 2013

      Of course he will, but who cares.

    2. angelsinca January 1, 2014

      According to the article, “The administration reached about two-thirds of its goal of enrolling 3.3 million by the end of 2013”. In most business circles, this would get you fired. In academia, this would result in a ‘D’ grade or worse. I guess you just have to believe it’s all rosey, call it ‘fact’, and it will all work out, eventually.

      1. Marsha Matthews January 1, 2014

        Sure you would get fired, if your boss is a short-sighted, ignorant and immature fool who fails to understand, well, business. Something tells me said boss wouldn’t be in business for too long. In academia, two thirds would put you in the B- to B+ range.

        You’re not very bright, are you.

        1. angelsinca January 1, 2014

          “In academia, two thirds would put you in the B- to B+ range”

          The standards have dropped considerably. This explains the dumbing down of America. You are right, I am just a dim bulb in this sea of self-proclaimed geniuses.

          1. Marsha Matthews January 4, 2014

            ?? Seriously? You say 2/3’s is the caliber of a “D” and somehow it’s because standards have dropped considerably?? Really??
            Well, yeah. If you’re going to stick with 2/3’s being a “D”, you are a dim bulb.

          2. angelsinca January 4, 2014

            OK, I’m a ‘dim bulb’. Debate settled then.


      2. RobertCHastings January 1, 2014

        That is not even the issue. The issue is whether this actually serves the purpose for which it was designed. NO projects of this magnitude undertaken by ANY administration have done any better, including Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, the WWII military invasion and conquest of Japan and Europe. Logistics are ALWAYS an issue when millions of individuals are involved – even Fed-Ex and UPS had difficulty fulfilling their commitments over the holidays.

        1. angelsinca January 1, 2014

          “The issue is whether this actually serves the purpose for which it was designed.”

          Hi Robert-the purpose seems to change based on the prevailing sentiments. Besides the massively unpopular social restructuring, what is its purpose now? The affordability factor no longer applies in my case. The ACA has caused our rates to skyrocket while forcing us to accept a lower standard of care than we had been paying for and were accustomed to. Your results may vary.

          1. RobertCHastings January 2, 2014

            Many have had more positive results from their enrolling in new policies. AN aim was to eliminate ALL policies that did not meet minimal standards, providing patients with basic coverage for things they were NOT being covered for. As the deadline approached, it became apparent, for a number of reasons(among them resistance from the right AND the insurance industry). That being said, I feel comfortable in saying that MOST of those who are now covered under the ACA will be more satisfied than they were previously. And, once the bugs have been worked out, virtually everyone will be satisfied. Bear in mind, this is a program originally presented by conservatives (The Heritage Foundation) and enacted by a Republican governor in Massachusetts. So what problems does the conservative right have with this program, other than its being enacted by a BLACK and a DEMOCRAT.

      3. sigrid28 January 1, 2014

        Only information challenged voters in the Republican base are going to accept at face value the false equivalencies you introduce above.

        1. angelsinca January 1, 2014

          Sigrid! How have you been? Well, I hope. Still talking down to republicans I see. We seriously thought you folks would calm down and stop hating on the other half of the nation when your Obama won the re-elect. Maybe it’s the disappointment that has energized a renewed anger at the GOP. Or maybe you just like being angry.

  6. A_Real_Einstein December 31, 2013

    The GOP has a big problem. All the good things of this law start on January 1. My Sister in Law (staunch republican) and I reviewed her renewed group plan during the Christmas holiday. Her premium dropped to $41 per month and she has an HSA plan where the company seeds her account with $1000 to help her cover the $2000 deductible. She has free preventative care, a prescription drug card and access to contraception to name just a few new things. Her doctor is still her doctor. She is very angry with herself for voting for Romney. She said she will never vote Republican again.

  7. howa4x December 31, 2013

    Republicans never cared about health care coverage and still in 25 states don’t. When Bush left office there were 32 million uninsured and out of that number according to a Harvard study, 50 thousand people died per year due to lack of access to care from not having insurance coverage. This medical crisis was the single biggest driver to personal bankruptcies. Bush with his compassionate conservatism did virtually nothing.
    Romney did during this period. He was the lone republican to see this as a crisis and went to conservative think tanks to find an answer. He didn’t have to look far since the Heritage Foundation had a plan sitting on the shelf that Dole once presented to the senate.. He reached out to scholars from MIT and they tweaked the plan to fit Massachusetts. It pretty much did the same things that the ACA did. Insurance companies couldn’t drop people for pre existing condition or be denied coverage, also everyone had to buy it. Romney was so proud of his achievement he made an online video touting the merits of the Plan and urged it to be adopted nationally. Even Ted Liberal lion Kennedy approved of it. When Obama was elected he turned to this plan to be the national model Romney wanted, and got the same people who worked on Romney’s plan to do his. It was amazing the republicans fought it since it was the finest conservative plan made to date to deal with the health care access crisis. The public option favored by the democrats was branded socialism by all republicans, even though it would just have expanded Medicare,
    So the ACA was passed and conservative Tea party members took to the streets and town hall meetings and republicans have been fighting it ever since.
    The problem is of course the republicans can’t seem to offer an alternative since this is their plan, and the Heritage Foundation is their think tank. So Now they just want to repeal and once people have coverage they won’t want to give it up and that is the conundrum for republicans. If they win both houses and repeal the ACA what goes in it’s place? If millions loose newly gotten coverage, kids get kicked off parents insurance and the Medicaid expansion is repealed we are back at 32 million or more uninsured. Then it will become the republican nightmare to solve. Be careful what you wish for!

  8. elw December 31, 2013

    Great news and a good article. However, does anyone really think that it was ever possible that the Website would never be fixed? I predict that President Obama will surpass his enrollment goals by the end of March and may well have to extend them because of demand. But the Republicans will not disappoint us by letting facts get in the way of their dream world scandals and issues that don’t exist; and, I will not let their silly claims get in the way of the supreme satisfaction and happiness I feel to know that 9 million more Americans finally have access to health care just like I do. What a great Christmas gift and good way to start a New year.

    1. Betty O'Nan December 31, 2013

      Just wish all of my uninsured friends in Florida could have been able to access MEDICAID but Will Weatherford, speaker of the Florida House said ” NO” altho HIS family was helped by the very program! What a bunch of of HYPOCRITS in this state!

      1. elw December 31, 2013

        I have over 3 decades of experience in both the public and private healthcare industry and history has shown that States like Florida and the other red state always at first resist new National health programs, but sooner or later take them on. All it takes is public pressure. Mark my words in about 2 months you will see a slow and steady stream of red States expanding their Medicaid and putting together their own exchanges.

        1. Betty O'Nan December 31, 2013

          Thank you! Maybe there is HOPE yet!

          Sent via the HTC Vivid, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

          —– Reply message —–

        2. sigrid28 December 31, 2013

          While waiting to pick up my son from work, I’m wondering if some of the elasticity introduced into the ACA by the Supreme Court, when it decided to let states opt out and in as they wished, might result in some states back-pedaling when faced with enormous enrollments–the same with some insurers offering policies under the ACA. I hope not.

          Here in Iowa, the state has introduced an SSI-Lite sort of Medicaid expansion to sift some of the most expensive enrollees out of its larger pool. Some providers are refusing to honor provisions of mental health parity law that cover Medicaid expansion programs (in force since 1-16-2013) and adding on out-of-pocket expenses for behavioral treatment for enrollees in the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. Some of the same providers are refusing to accept insurance from the only two insurers offering policies on healthcare.gov, so they are denying health care to the only insured individuals who can receive subsidies or tax credits under the ACA but welcoming those who don’t. The plan administrators in Iowa have had their hands full meeting the January 1st deadline for identifying participants and are still ironing out specifics of the plans. I’m reminded of the drop-add season at the beginning of each semester at colleges and universities throughout the country. These adjustments bother no one–but with the ACA it is happening for the first time.

          1. elw January 1, 2014

            The ACA cycle is not that different then the cycle already set in the employer based market place, just more formal; people who buy individual policies are most likely already dealing with the annual renewal process. Most people who get their insurance through their employer are somewhat removed from the process but are generally sent an annual package informing them of changes, cost increase and giving them a change to change their plans if they want to. So my guess is that people will adjust, seniors do not have a problem with it. Medicare has an annual enrollment period and for the most part you are stuck with what you pick until the next one. However, there are exception to that rule, like for example if your doctor stops carrying that insurer or if something dramatic changes in your life. I have changed my carrier twice outside of the annual enrollment period.
            I agree things will run smoother as time progresses for the ACA and I think people will find that they have much more individual power with the insurers because without a doubt there will be an appeals process, if they is not one already, for the public. If we had moved directly to a single payer system the disruption and confusion would have made this one look like Christmas.

            States have always had elasticity when it come to Medicaid and they have always been in control of licensing their own health insurers. At a minimum they must follow the Federal laws, but can add their own requirements as well. That is why what health insurance covers and what it costs are so different from State to State. It is also why buying health insurance coverage across State lines would never work simply because which State rules would they have to follow and they would have to have enough contracts with local providers for their customer to get care. Medicare is a little different in that no matter the State the coverage and costs for the patient are the same, however what the doctor gets paid for the same service varies from State to State (and sometimes from area to area within a State). We have a very complex system which is why it is so hard to understand. I noticed that several of the States that have opted out of the Medicaid expansion are now talking about accepting it – another common behavior.
            As far as doctors accepting or not accepting the insurers for the ACA, that is common with new health programs and will change as they get use to its existence and as their peers start talking about the extra cash coming in. Hang in there. BTW, if they take the Federal money both the State and the provider must follow all the Federal regulations, they cannot pick and choose what they do or not do. Complain if they do not.
            Happy New Year to you as well.

          2. sigrid28 January 1, 2014

            With respect to health care and insurance coverage, it looks like the coming year is going to be pretty rocky for those who do not have your expertise. Thanks again for sharing it so generously on the NM comment thread. I am sure that I am not the only one who has benefited over the past year from your well written, informative posts.

          3. elw January 1, 2014

            Thank you, it is nice to know I have helped someone. .

    2. angelsinca January 1, 2014

      What do you tell the 15 million that have lost their coverage? Be happy?

      1. Johnnie Goode January 1, 2014

        If you are going to make up numbers, why say 15 million? Why not 30? of fifty hundred million bazillion?

        1. angelsinca January 1, 2014

          The cancellation notices just keep rolling in and continue to exceed those that supposedly are now insured that never were. Well, at least one person above has coverage for his son now. That’s the good news. And now, 18-26 year old ‘children’ can mooch off the parents longer. Nevermind the parents that can no longer afford health insurance or the deductibles. The ACA subsidies don’t consider household debt ratios, only income. Duh. Why did the White House lower its bar for success by saying only XX million need to sign up for the ACA scheme by March end for it to not be a failure?

          1. elw January 1, 2014

            You lie.

          2. angelsinca January 3, 2014

            you lie

            This doesn’t encourage anything but continued animosity.

          3. elw January 3, 2014

            No one has to encourage your animosity, You have enough of it on your own to last a lifetime.

          4. angelsinca January 4, 2014

            No need to dance around with jaded insult, elw. When you call someone a liar for sharing their opinion, you can’t expect them to hold hands and swoon over a campfire with you.

            You are right, there is no reason for anyone to not understand the complexities of the 1500 page ACA. There is no reason to get angry over the forced mandate, to loose one’s long time health care plan, to pay more for its replacement, and to be misled by the leadership.

            We should just grab our ankles and take it without a whimper.

            Pardon me if I don’t orgasm when my government rapes me while my neighbors cheer them to go deeper. Thanks for assuring us that having animosity toward the rapist is cause for ridicule.

          5. Marsha Matthews January 4, 2014

            “We should just grab our ankles and take it without a whimper.”
            Is that you Rush??

          6. angelsinca January 4, 2014

            Thank your for portraying the neighbors.

          7. angelsinca January 5, 2014

            Sorry, I don’t listen to Limbaugh. Did he use the same analogy?

          8. moelarryandjesus January 1, 2014

            What’s your right-wing alternative? Oh, right, it’s “if you’re poor and get sick, die quickly.” To this day the GOP has nothing to offer on health care beyond that.

            Pre-existing conditions? The GOP tells you to die.

          9. angelsinca January 1, 2014

            This is not the ‘right wing’ alternative. The ACA is Romney’s concoction, or so the left wants you to believe. Turns out that blaming the GOP is the only defense remaining for this monstrosity. Congrats though for using the IRS’s power to garnish wages and confiscate property in order to force the mandates.

          10. moelarryandjesus January 2, 2014

            The ACA will be an extremely popular program and that’s the real reason why the GOP wants to kill it.

            There IS NO right-wing alternative. The GOP does not want the uninsured to get insurance. The GOP wants to keep denying people insurance due to pre-existing conditions. The GOP wants medical costs to continue bankrupting families. They kept bleating about “repeal and replace” but now they just bleat about “repeal” because they don’t have an alternative.

            The GOP is the party of malignant morons that want poor people to die. Period.

          11. Lisztman January 2, 2014

            So, angelsinca, your answer appears to be to repeal the ACA, and go back to the “old system” — which really wasn’t a system at all. It allowed the insurance companies to choose to insure those who represented low risk, and refuse everyone else. It essentially forced the impoverished to seek medical help at the Nation’s ERs — the one place where they could not legally be turned away.

            Is the ACA perfect? Heck, no. But it’s an excellent starting point.

            I’ll ask another question of you. Yes, the ACA includes mandates — because putting everyone into the insurance pool is the only way to make an insurance pool sustainable. What would be your alternative?

            I presume you have none — except to go back to the old system that left so many without health care.

          12. angelsinca January 3, 2014

            So, angelsinca, your answer appears to be to repeal the ACA, and go back to the “old system”

            I don’t have The Answer for the dilemma we are in. I have the expectation of a simpler program without the special exceptions and waivers or varying degrees of care based on how much you can spend. Nevermind how much you can afford.

            Everyone deserves the same level of care regardless of income.

            A flat tax would have been a great start. What we have now is a monstrosity that most people can’t understand. It makes getting an ID to vote as simple as a sneeze.

            I cannot understand the requirements, the plans, the fee schedules, who I can see, what treatments i can have, how much i have to pay or need to pay before insurance will pay.

            If this is the BEST ‘system’ we can muster, we are in DEEPER trouble than just this dilemma called Obamacare. Those that allowed it and continue to make excuses for it by glossing over its inherent flaws are ruining the sense of fairness that universal healthcare was supposed to ensure.

            I am deeply disappointed and hurt by the lowered expectations of the nation that rose to the challenge of becoming the first ones to land on the Moon.

          13. Marsha Matthews January 4, 2014

            You mean a single-payer plan, then.

          14. angelsinca January 5, 2014

            You mean a single-payer plan, then

            If a single payer plan doesn’t decide what I can afford or who I can see or take away what I had or force me to accept a poorly contrived scheme riddled with favortism, then yes.

          15. Lisztman January 6, 2014

            So you’re saying that you don’t have an alternative, except for the old system. Neither does the GOP — but we already knew that.

            So rather than proceed with an admittedly creaky and problematic solution, and fix its problems as we go along, and move forward in an attempt to provide everyone “the same level of care regardless of income,” as you put it, you’d rather go back to the old “system” and muddle along for a few more years, or decades, until someone comes along with a magic wand. Or perhaps wait for the second coming of Jesus, to heal all the sick.

          16. angelsinca January 6, 2014

            No, I am not saying that either. Previously you assumed I want the ACA repealed. I said no. You continue to presume I want to go back to the old system. I do not. I want the coverage I had. It is now gone forever. Why do you continue to wish that Obamacare might someday work. Even if it works as intended it still costs more, offers less and is not liked by most.

            The ppACA ‘success’ stories just keep rolling in:


          17. Lisztman January 7, 2014

            I wish that Obamacare will eventually do everything it’s supposed to because it’s an alternative to the old, unworkable system (unworkable = inaccessible to far too many).

            Costs more to whom, and by what measure? Premiums were going to go up for everyone anyway — with or without Obamacare. They do every year. The naysayers will blame the entire cost rise on the ACA.

            Re “not liked by most”: Disingenuous. Depends upon how the question was asked. About one third love it. About one third hate it. The other third “dislike it” only because it didn’t go far enough — they wanted a single-payer system. The right wing counts these as not liking it. I’ll bet that every one of them will say that it’s still better than the old “system”.

            And, yes, there will be no lack of “ppACA ‘success’ stories.” You haven’t noted all the stories on the positive side. Funny how that happens.

          18. angelsinca January 7, 2014

            The old system would have worked if its inequalities were targeted and corrected. Instead, the supermajority made health care a political football by using the super majority to toss out the baby with the bath water. The harm caused to the millions that have lost coverage has, so far, exceeded the political promise of benefit. It didn’t help my family or most everyone I know. Everyone though seems to have a good example where it has helped certain situations. For those very few, the ACA is awesome. For the majority, it sucks badly.

          19. Lisztman January 8, 2014

            “For the majority, it sucks badly.” Sounds like a personal opinion, to me. I don’t see that there’s any data anywhere to support that contention.

          20. Marsha Matthews January 4, 2014

            LOL … uh, Mittwit’s MA plan is much of what the ACA is based on. You really need to stop watching FUXSux.

          21. Marsha Matthews January 1, 2014

            Interesting. I will immediately to tell my 22 year old to stop mooching off of me, quit school, quit her part time job and get a minimum wage paying, low skill job because not doing so makes her less of an ‘Murikun, unworthy of being in the company of true ‘Murikun’s like you. Thanks for the stellar advice …

          22. angelsinca January 1, 2014

            Mom, let your children grow up. I let my 3 out of the nest at 18. They are all in their 20’s and doing fine. They aren’t starving. They are earning their own ways without crying about someone else forcing them into a life they don’t deserve. Your daughter I assume is not bound by slavery but she is held back by an over protective parent. The smarmy ‘Murkin comment is pretty dumb and not even close to anything I said. Thanks for the insights of the entitled mentality.

          23. Marsha Matthews January 4, 2014

            Uh, thanks for the “advice.” I was actually thinking of finding a way to shove her back into my uterus because I’m so reluctant to let her grow up but, alas, my endeavors have fallen short. But, being a slave master, I continue to work towards this goal.

            Bully for you “letting” your three out of the nest at 18. I hope you didn’t let the door hit them in the ass as you pushed them out of the house.

            What you see in your alternate universe is an overprotective parent who is enslaving her child. Out here in reality, I see a parent who has raised a responsible, educated, independent adult who made her own decision (key words here, sport – “made her own decision”) in terms of getting a job to pay her own way through school, pay her own bills and contribute to the household expenses (I’m a lousy slave master). Further, out here in the real world, I see a parent who is supporting her child and guiding her to be the best she can be and will do everything in her power to ensure she achieves her goals (do keep in mind that not all parental support is of the financial kind). And, I’m also a smart enough parent to know when she is ready to go it alone, she has my full and unfettered support to do so … gee, just like my parents did for me, and their parents did for them, etc., etc., etc. … what a concept in parenting … Another concept in parenting? Time isn’t “up” once she hits 18 … she will ALWAYS be my daughter and she will ALWAYS have my support.

            In conclusion, your “concern” for my “enslaving” by forcing my daughter to make her own decisions is duly noted and I really don’t give a rats a@@ what you think about my mentality …

          24. angelsinca January 5, 2014

            The door did not hit my kids when they left. If I held them in the nest any longer, it would have prevented them from developing and growing as people, not just as my children.

            Is it really the government’s job to tell parents how long they must continue to finance the healthcare of their adult children, when they are capable of supporting themselves? No, but the ACA forces that ideology onto parents.

            With this intrusive authoritarian mentality, where parents are forced to capitulate their parental responsibilities to the gov’t via to the teachers, the CPS, the doctors and nurses and now the ACA, it is not surprising we have developing crises in delinquency, education, job skills, obedience and respect.

          25. Marsha Matthews January 5, 2014

            “Letting” your kids go at 18 was your C.H.O.I.C.E. a parent. As a parent, I C.H.O.O.S.E. to let my child go when she’s ready. And when that time comes, it will be her C.H.O.I.C.E. to move on and I will do all I can do to support her C.H.O.I.C.E.

            LOL – Government isn’t F.O.R.C.I.N.G. parents to keep their kids on their health care plan, the ACA gives parents the C.H.O.I.C.E. Perhaps you don’t understand the concept that adult children go to college full time and do not work while in school, thus the ACA gives parents the C.H.O.I.C.E. to keep them insured until they can obtain full time employment which either the employer provides health care or the adult child can afford it on their own.

            Since you obviously have issues with word comprehension, having a better understanding of what the words F.O.R.C.E. and C.H.O.I.C.E. mean can go a long way. Pick up a dictionary – it can be your friend.

            As far as your statement that government taking over the role of parenting and being responsible for what’s wrong with today’s kids? Psycho-babble from an uninformed conservative. Bad parenting is what’s wrong with today’s kids.

          26. angelsinca January 5, 2014

            Thank you for the expert opinion.

      2. elw January 1, 2014

        Even if you number is true, which it is not, I would tell them the very same thing that you and people like so happily said the 45 million people in this Country that were locked out of health insurance coverage – get another job.

        1. Marsha Matthews January 1, 2014

          Who was it that said – with pride no less – having two and three jobs was uniquely “American?” Oh yeah, that most intelligent of human beings, George Walker Bush …

          1. elw January 1, 2014

            I believe you are right. Sweet aren’t they.

        2. angelsinca January 1, 2014

          It’s FORTY FIVE million now? LOL LOL LOL. The last known reasonable estimates were in the ballpark of 9 million uninsured. This is why the left can’t be trusted with numbers. You tailor the data to fit your narrative and defend its deceptive use by accusing challengers of lying. Hilarious. Thanks for the chuckles.

          1. elw January 2, 2014

            Your response is exactly why people say that Radical Conservatives live in an alternative universe. Estimated numbers of people in this Country who were locked out of health care coverage surpassed that 9 million figure decades ago, unless you get all you information from FOX news and the Right Wing talking nut-jobs.

  9. daniel bostdorf December 31, 2013

    Happy New Year ahead!! Jason—Simply awesome article! Negating the right wing anti-ACA Obama propaganda is essential for the media to do from here on out…

    You stated it better then ever:
    “Republicans are assuming that the estimated 3 percent of Americans who will be paying more under the law along with disruptions of relationships with doctors will overwhelm both the news of millions gaining coverage and Republican states denying Medicaid expansion to five million working people….Predictions of Obamacare’s death made sense when it seemed a very real possibility that HealthCare.gov could not be fixed….Now that those predictions have been proven wrong, the law will have a chance to be judged on its merits.”

  10. Siegfried Heydrich December 31, 2013

    The GOP is now SO screwed. They bet everything – the house, the farm, the boat, the car, the kid’s college fund, maxed out the credit cards . . . all on a forlorn, desperate belief that the ACA was going to fail. And the dice just came up craps. The croupier will be raking in the winnings next november . . .

  11. Joe Steel January 1, 2014

    Predictions of Obamacare’s death made sense when it seemed a very real possibility that HealthCare.gov could not be fixed.

    Now that those predictions have been proven wrong …

    That’s the key to understanding the future of ACA. No complex system is perfect when it is released. In a very real sense, all of them depend on “user testing.” As the system is used, problems are identified and fixed.

    1. Marsha Matthews January 1, 2014

      Considering that the GOTP is made up of petulant children with an overpowering need for instant gratification, do you really think it is capable of long-term thinking? I mean, the GOTP reminds us on a daily basis that they want it, they want it NOW and if they don’t get it NOW, they’ll throw an infernal temper tantrum.

      1. Joe Steel January 1, 2014

        Recent research has identified one defining attribute of conservatives — low effort thinking. Conservatives prefer what is easy to believe to what is hard to understand. They certainly are not able to realize the start-up problems aren’t going to be with us forever.

        1. Marsha Matthews January 1, 2014

          Studies have also shown that conservatives have a heightened sense of fear and prefer a world view of “doom and gloom.” Very little sense of optimism can be found.

          1. garb67 March 27, 2014

            It would be nice if you could actually provide sources to your claim. Just saying something does not make true. It is now Mar. 27 and there have been over 30 changes to fix problems, and still not close to their projections for paid sign-ups or the % of young purchasers necessary to make this work. Health care reform was necessary, but with the results of implementation will still leave us with almost as many uninsured as before it’s passage at a cost of $1 trillion or more.

          2. Marsha Matthews August 29, 2014

            Google on the internet tubes can be your friend …

  12. Allan Richardson January 2, 2014

    Young people do not “refuse” to get insurance; they cannot afford it, even WITHOUT pre-existing conditions, on what the job market (i.e. conspiracy of corporate billionaires) pays young people, as a private commodity, unless it is one of those “gotcha” policies that covers nothing when you need it. My son has been trying for years to get a job WITH health coverage, and finally got one; if he had not, he was happy that Obamacare is now there as an alternative. When I was his age (and married), I made sure that all jobs I took had health care, but as I got older they became fewer and fewer. COBRA was a partial fix, but it was like throwing a life preserver on a 50 foot rope to someone drowning 100 feet from shore. Many thousands of dollars were paid when I lost a job with health care until my wife could get a job with one, as the “penalty” to avoid the pre-condition exclusion (I was under doctor’s care for a chronic condition requiring long term medication). The ACA is not where we really should be, but it is a step forward to the day when “why do you deserve to keep on living if you don’t have money?” will change to “why should you be condemned to die if you are short on money?”

    The state motto of New Hampshire is: Live free or die.

    The motto of right wing health care is: Live sick and die.

  13. Derek D January 6, 2014

    What is missing in this discussion is the destruction of freedom. We are all so willing to give it up for a nice government handout. We have done it to ourselves and the rabid left is never satisfied. What used to be a country of responsible, God fearing, family devoted, hard working, loving people. And we have become entitled, government-dependent, lazy, and selfish. Obama is right. He has fundamentally transformed the country.


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