Due To Obamacare, Nearly 10 Million Previously Uninsured Americans Now Have Coverage



The Los Angeles Times ran a story that debunked the entire conservative myth that the Affordable Care Act is not doing much to bring down number of uninsured people in America. Based on surveys and just cold, hard facts, Noam Levey at the Times reported that nearly 10 million people that were previously uninsured now have health coverage due directly to the ACA.

Prior to this first enrollment period on the ACA’s health exchanges, the number of uninsured Americans was estimated at 45 million. Therefore, in its first year of being fully implemented, the ACA has already reduced the uninsured ranks in this nation by at least 20%. And that percentage might end up being higher when the final enrollment figures come in.

Below is an excerpt from the Times‘ article showing how the ACA has helped create coverage for so many Americans:

• At least 6 million people have signed up for health coverage on the new marketplaces, about one-third of whom were previously uninsured.

• A February survey by consulting firm McKinsey & Co. found 27% of new enrollees were previously uninsured, but newer survey data from the nonprofit Rand Corp. and reports from marketplace officials in several states suggest that share increased in March.

• At least 4.5 million previously uninsured adults have signed up for state Medicaid programs, according to Rand’s unpublished survey data, which were shared with The Times. That tracks with estimates from Avalere Health, a consulting firm that is closely following the law’s implementation.

• An additional 3 million young adults have gained coverage in recent years through a provision of the law that enables dependent children to remain on their parents’ health plans until they turn 26, according to national health insurance surveys from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• About 9 million people have bought health plans directly from insurers, instead of using the marketplaces, Rand found. The vast majority of these people were previously insured.

• Fewer than a million people who had health plans in 2013 are now uninsured because their plans were canceled for not meeting new standards set by the law, the Rand survey indicates.

Remember when Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) claimed that Obamacare had created more uninsured people than it helped insure? Yeah, not only was that claim ridiculed at the time he made it, but it now might come across as one of the biggest blunders ever made by a politician. If Democrats are smart, they will juxtapose Boehner’s statement with the reality that 10 million uninsured people have now received coverage in ads all across the country this election season. As Bill Maher said on Friday, the Democrats don’t need to run away from Obamacare, they need to run ON Obamacare.

And this is all just the tip of the iceberg. Enrollment in the exchanges is expected to double next year and then increase again in 2016. At that point, only a small number of people will not have health coverage of some kind. There is absolutely no way that Republicans can even attempt to try to repeal the law now. It would create absolute chaos. On top of that, it would anger tens of millions of people who will be kicked off of their insurance plans. Even if the Republicans keep the House and gain control of the Senate in November, the repeal fantasy is DOA. It would be political suicide for Republicans going forward.

The message to Democrats is clear: Obamacare is a winner. Get behind it. Take credit for it. RUN on it. Don’t be meek and allow the Republicans to control the conversation and force you on the defensive. 10 million previously uninsured people now have health coverage because of what you did. Republicans would have left them in the cold and allowed the country’s health care system to stay on the terrible road it was on. You built that, not them. Let the people know who has their best interests at heart.


31 Replies to “Due To Obamacare, Nearly 10 Million Previously Uninsured Americans Now Have Coverage”

  1. So eloquently said, Justin! Democrats it’s clear: Obamacare is a winner. Get behind it. Take credit for it. RUN on it.

  2. PBO is added to the Hall of Fame:

    * Roosevelt/Social Security
    * Johnson-Medicare/Medicaid
    * Obama/Health Care Reform

  3. I support the ACA and I am happy for all of the people who now have affordable health insurance for their families.

    Now… please … fix the ‘Family Glitch’, especially for all of the low-income people who would have finally felt some relief with affordable FAMILY coverage insurance! Instead, we have to choose to either go without insurance for our families or go in debt even more to try to keep their family coverage insurance.

  4. Its great that lower income people and families can get health care. Unfortunately if your not low income, but and still cant afford health care, now you get an IRS tax penalty because you cant afford health care. So I dont see this as such a great thing for everybody.

  5. I am quite confident that the “Family Glitch” will be fixed. It is something they are acknowledging and I am sure it will be changed. I also believe the rates will drop. The insurance companies had to set rates pretty much in the dark as this is something brand new. I know the repugnants are saying rates will go up but that is a scare tactic. The insurance companies stated that rates will depend on how many people buy into ACA and the cross section of who applies. I think we can agree at this point that people are eager to get on board and more younger people are either signing up or extending coverage on their parents plans.

    Come on Democrat candidates, you have a gem in the rough to run with in November. Anyone just out right against ACA was never going to get your vote anyway.

  6. If your income is that low you can get Medicaid or subsidies. I doubt you have even checked to see what it would cost you.

  7. I predicted last year that the Democrats could use the PPACA to beat the GOP over the head like a blunt instrument. What I said then I’ll repeat now: “the GOP are desperate to repeal the thing because they know that it’ll come back to bite them during next year’s election campaigns”
    Something that President Obama said earlier this year was interesting, as well: “in a couple of years, when the ACA is working well, the Republicans will stop calling it ‘Obamacare’ because doing so would give me credit for it” LOL I hope the GOP are stupid enough to start claiming that it was they who got it done…then, we can call them on their pathetic hypocrisy ;)

  8. And what about the states that refused Medicare funding like North Carolina; now they complain about the numbers being inflated. NC has the biggest losers in Congress and the state and the results to prove it. Highest job loss in the country last month. How’s that for a GOP majority. Cronyism is finer in Caroliner.

  9. I lost my coverage due to ACA which I had for years as did millions of people and the government and you idiots keep counting us as new insureds! We were promised that if we liked our plans we could keep them what a bunch of lies by the President and his people.

    If the program is so great the President, Unions, All Government employees all TV, Radio, Actors ect. should be under the same plans! No exceptions. It took well over 2 months to get new coverage due to the problems with the website (finally in place for the month of March)the policy does not cover chiropractic. I am 63 and I am forced to pay a special additional premium shall I say surcharge to cover pediatric dental care. And but can not afford to get dental care most of the time for myself. And without a subsidy my insurance which covers much less than my old policy would be over 2.5Cx more than my old policy

  10. Just because people signed up does not mean they have insurance. It just means they are registered. I know SEVERAL people who still do not have coverage because they cannot afford it.

  11. I agree, Tim – I know several people that are not considered low income by the government that cannot afford it and choose to pay the penalty. My company, that is owned by a multi billionare and employs around 1,000 people, decided to not provide us with healthcare. Next year they will pay a penalty for not covering us in which I will not see any of yet the government will also penalize me even though I cannot afford to pay for healthcare plus food plus rent so I have to choose between one and the others. I know several people in the same boat. Obamacare is not affordable for many and it really increases in price once someone is over fifty.

  12. Age makes no difference. Its all due to your income. I am 63 and it dropped my costs like a rock.

    It seems to me that the cut off for employees required healthcare is 50, not 1000. It might be 200 I am not sure.

  13. Lets read the title again

    “Due To Obamacare, Nearly 10 Million Previously Uninsured Americans Now Have Coverage” This refers to people who have completed the process

    There is a wide range of plans that people can get. are you getting paid by the post?

  14. No, you lost your policy beucase your insurance company refused to upgrade your policy. Not because of ACA.

    There is a wide range of plans and almost all cover chriopractics.

    There are no exemptions for government officials. Even Boehner went through the marketplace to get his insurance. Google it. The garbage story’s you get from Fox and other sites are just that. The rest of your speel about actors radio and all that garbage proves you have done no research. If those people had a policy they keep it.

    You apprarently know exactly nothing about the ACA
    Pediatric dental care is automatically covered on all policys
    You must have a massive income to not get a subsidy

  15. So we now have an additional 9 million people that have healthcare but don’t pay for it. And only a (by your math) 1.7 million or so newly insured that you don’t even know if they paid yet.

    This is supposed to be a good thing? Oh, it’s going to double next year just like they’d get 7 million net new people this year?

    Your distortion of the truth is sad.

  16. 9 million that dont pay for it? Hello?

    The paid thing is a Fox World Net Daily thing. Keep drinking it, you are giving us lots of entertainment

    BTW, just so you dont look so foolish next time, do some research on the ACA. But dont tell fox you did it

  17. I used it in terms of people who fight against progress. Some progress may be good or bad depending on your POV

  18. @mike, 9 million people now have health care and they don’t pay for it? LINK PLEASE!! people, isn’t sad how these poor, lost republicans post nonsense up here but NEVER provide a link so we can peep out their claims? of course @mike, like 99.99999999999999% of his comrades in arms will be back next week with more unsubstaniated chicken $HIT and then giggle and scurry off back to FUX NEWS world, poor, hopeless idiots.

  19. I was one of the first to apply on the first day this Affordable health Care Act was presented back in October. It’s now been almost 7 months and I still have no Health Insurance. They keep getting my paperwork lost and Anthemn Blue Cross is still waiting for Covered California to send over documents. I knew it was too good to be true. What a Gyp!

  20. It’s about time the people in the middle got something. The rich don’t pay any tax the very poor get everything free because they don’t have any money. So the guys in the middle pay for everyone else. It is a great day in America thank you Mr Obama my wife and I pay 68 dollars a month for good coverage.

  21. I believe quality health insurance and medical care are human rights. the U.S should have universal health insurance coverage for all citizens and legal residents. That means either single payer medicare for all or massive expansion of private insurance market,as in the ACA. I am so glad we have the Affordable Care Act in place. We are finally moving towards universal coverage at last!

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