As Republicans continue to sputter and fight among themselves, the ACA continues to surge ahead as Obamacare enrollment has passed 4 million.
HHS posted the news on their blog:
As we head into the last five weeks of this historic open enrollment period, millions of Americans are taking advantage of the new choices they now have to access affordable, quality health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The most recent data indicate that approximately 4 million people have now signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since October 1. A full enrollment report for February will be released in mid-March.
The Obama administration is on pace to either hit, or come close to their goal of 7 million enrollees
Over in Republican land, Speaker of the House John Boehner tried to argue that premiums are rising, and he described the ACA as a sucker punch to the economy. Boehner said, “Another sucker punch to our economy. Another broken promise to hardworking Americans. And the only reason we even know about it is that the House demanded this transparency from the administration.”
At the same time, Majority Leader Eric Cantor is having trouble with getting Republicans to agree on their Obamacare alternative. The plan that Cantor is proposing would raise taxes on 150 million workers who get their health insurance from their employer.
Republicans are in big trouble here. The ACA is surging ahead while the GOP can’t agree on what their alternative should be. The only idea that they have would raise taxes on nearly half of the population.
By limiting their entire position to repealing Obamacare, Republicans painted themselves into a corner.
They have no alternative to offer the tens of millions of people who will have access to health insurance via the ACA. The GOP plan looks to be going nowhere fast as each day proves President Obama right. Americans do want access to affordable healthcare.
All Republicans can do is watch their hopes for 2014 and 2016 melt away as the people all across the country continue to flock to Obamacare.