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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 4:00 am

Funny thing – you don’t hear Republicans talking much about the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) lately. Maybe that’s because it’s actually working.

True, the ACA got off to a rocky start because of problems with the federal government’s website. But those problems have largely been fixed, and the number of Americans signing up for coverage under the ACA is rapidly mounting.

 According to figures released by the Department of Health and Human Services, more than two million people had enrolled in private-sector health insurance through the federal and state exchanges by the end of 2013. Nearly four million more became eligible for coverage under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in October and November alone. (That number no doubt would be a lot bigger if the governors of many states, for partisan political reasons, hadn’t refused to expand Medicaid eligibility for their citizens.)

 So that’s six million Americans who already have been helped to get affordable health coverage under the ACA. And the number doesn’t include young people under the age of 26 who have been able to get coverage under their parents’ policies.

 Further, according to a report from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, only about 10,000 people whose old policies were cancelled will be unable to get affordable new policies under the ACA. That’s less than one-half of 1 percent of the “five million cancellations” that opponents of the ACA love to cite.

 The ACA isn’t perfect – what program created by human beings ever is? – but the numbers already show that it’s answering a huge unmet need for affordable health care coverage. And they also suggest that if the Republican Party plans to make repealing “Obamacare” its core strategy in the 2014 campaign, maybe it should rethink its game plan.

 

Bruce Miller,

Oro Valley

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4 comments:

  • Smokey posted at 11:52 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Smokey Posts: 15

    Somebody needs to give this guy a dictionary so he can gain a clear understanding of the word working, and Obamacare is anything other than working properly, it's an ongoing disaster. If you don't believe it, just ask someone who has tried to enroll in it. And another ugly issue that recently surfaced is the fact that if someone finally managed to enroll but their personal information was incorrectly entered into the system by the horrible software program running it, there's currently no way to fix it.
    Working?! Not a chance.

     
  • Hunter posted at 7:24 am on Mon, Feb 3, 2014.

    Hunter Posts: 1

    Well, this is a first for me so here goes….
    In response to “ACA IS NOW WORKING’ by Bruce Miller. Is this guy delusional. I can’t turn on the television or open a newspaper without hearing about the pitfalls of this disastrous law. It’s everywhere. Yet he doesn’t hear people “talking much about….”Obamacare””because it’s “actually working”: Does he live on the moon? Maybe a little further out in space?
    In his letter,he supports this disaster by mentioning the number of Obamacare enrollees. “Six million Americans” have enrolled. Really! Four of the six million are Medicare enrollees who pay NOTHING. Does this guy realize that someone has to pick up this tab? Does he think the 2 million who have signed up will do that? Most of these 2 million are also being subsidized by Uncle Sam (taxpayer aka China)). So they aren’t paying much either. Does the delusional one understand that Obamacare was intended to be self-supporting (well, that’s what is advertised). The intent was that the majority of the costs associated with the six million cited was supposed to be paid for by the young and healthy. The plan is that the young will pay for healthcare they they don’t need (because they are young and healthy and won’t use it) to pay for the medicare and subsidized people that are underpaying or paying nothing. Unfortunately, the young are not signing up either and quite likely won’t. So, look for the taxpayers to pick up the additional tab. Just as a side note, picking up the tab by the taxpayer is not a real issue with delusional people like the letter writer. Yep, money grows on trees and the working people who pay taxes can always fork out more. Or here’s another good idea…. we can simply add it to our $17.3 trillion debt and pass it on to these same young people (and their kids) It should also be mentioned that even without unplanned taxpayer bailouts, Obamacare is forecasted to add $3 trillion more to the debt over the next few years. Is that insane or what? .
    In addition to this insanity and what is not mentioned by Miller is that 6.3 million people have lost their coverage (yep, more have lost coverage than gained). Of these 6.3 million, only 10% of these r former healthcare payers have found insurance replacements. The rest have been forced to the Obamacare website. Most did not enroll because their premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed. They simply can’t afford it anymore. I’m speculating here, but my guess is that many have decided to pay the fine and put the money in a healthcare savings account and pay for healthcare services directly. They can at least keep their doctors and if lucky, save some money. It’s a crapshoot. But you can’t pay for something you can no longer afford.
    Now, what is left out of the discussion so far, is the business mandate. It kicks in later this year since our president gave businesses a one year pass. Healthcare cancellations for the business mandate portion of Obamacare has been forecast at upward of 50-80 million more people. This is going to get really good.
    The intent of Obamacare was to cover the 20% who didn’t have insurance by taking the extra cost from the 80% who had insurance and LIKED IT. This has caused mass confusion and disarray. Sad thing is that recent polls indicate that the 20% who Obamacare was intended to cover don’t want it and aren’t signing up either. Finally, when all is done, it is forecasted that 20-30 million people still won’t have healthcare coverage.
    Obamacare is simply a sham and borders on the criminal. I can only hope that these delusionals wake up. WAKE UP and throw the other delusionals out of office.

     
  • John Flanagan posted at 8:53 am on Fri, Jan 31, 2014.

    John Flanagan Posts: 251

    What planet does Bruce live on? I suppose he is getting most of his enthusiasm for the UNaffordable Care Act, otherwise called Obamacare, from the White House press releases, from the alleged news pundits at MSNBC, and maybe he received a phone call from Sibellius? For crying out loud, 6 million people lost their insurance, were inelligible for subsidies, had to take expensive policies with higher premiums and deductibles.......call that progress? Obama's failed policies are ruining this country, destroying jobs, taking us into huge debts from which there is no relief in sight, and his socialist dream has divided this nation like never before. I am a registered independent voter, conservative and opposed to Obama, but both parties have failed us. The problems we have will be exasperated if we allow the Democrats to remain in office. We need to clean house next election.

     
  • AZsheeplady posted at 10:35 am on Thu, Jan 30, 2014.

    AZsheeplady Posts: 8

    Sure it's working. How come we keep hearing horror stories of people being thrown off their insurance in the middle of cancer, or other, treatments and their new ACA plan has disgustingly high co-pays and how much they must pay before the insurance kicks in? How many will die needlessly because Obama stopped their treatment?

     

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