Red State Enrollment Surges As Obamacare Deadline Approaches

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Republicans are running against destroying Obamacare, but as the deadline for enrollment approaches long lines formed to sign up in red state cities like Tampa, El Paso, and Houston.

The Hill reported:

The federal health insurance marketplace saw record volume for a Saturday, and operators at the federal call centers struggled to keep up with the volume of calls as consumers flooded the ObamaCare exchanges ahead of Monday’s enrollment deadline.

According to the Obama administration, HealthCare.Gov saw two million visits this weekend, while the call centers received 380,000 phone calls. On Sunday, the insurance marketplace tweeted a warning to consumers that because of a crush of calls, those interested in coverage could leave their information and an employee would contact them later.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz tweeted that they were seeing enrollment surges in red-state cities like Tampa, Las Vegas, Houston and El Paso, Texas. On Saturday, other administration officials tweeted photographs of long lines forming at enrollment events around the country.

In one respect, this is common sense. The Republican controlled South has gutted the social safety net. Because of Republican obstructionism, almost 5 million people in the South will get no help with purchasing health insurance. People in red states are flocking to sign up because their Republican governors and state legislatures have made it almost impossible to get help at the state level.

The long lines of people waiting to sign up for the ACA in Ted Cruz’s own state are proof that the Republican rhetoric does not match reality. People want affordable access to healthcare. The frustrating thing for Democrats is that most Americans have not connected the dots yet.

When Republicans state that their number one goal is to get rid of Obamacare, they mean taking away your health insurance, and the protections that hundreds of millions of Americans have gained under the law. Eventually, the American people, except for die hard Republicans, are going to figure this out and the Republican Party is going to be in serious trouble.

All Republicans can do is step aside and watch the people that they took an oath to represent, stand in line, and reject their anti-Obamacare rhetoric.

There may be no bigger symbol of the president’s victory than the rush of red state residents who are signing up for the ACA.

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26 Replies to “Red State Enrollment Surges As Obamacare Deadline Approaches”

  1. this great news will definitely piss the GOP Rep/Senators off and i like it, there’s nothing more funnier than watching them go off live on Air or run off to Fox Noise to whine and complain on how the Kenyan intruder in the White House is trying to give health insurance to the uninsured.

  2. All I can say is repubs will be rotting in hell if there is a hell for their actions against “we the people”. If only the ding dongs in the south would wake up and vote these horrible repubs out of office. They are so brainwashed and propagandized that they will most likely still vote for the repubs who don’t give a damn about them.

  3. The repugs said that ACA would never be law. Then they said the roll out was a failure and it was doomed. Then they said it was something people didn’t want when it had a slow start. Then they said that ACA wouldn’t make the enrollment goals. Then they said…..

    And they talk about the President not sticking to the red line drawn. If this were a football game it would be like three straight sacks with a muffed punt from there own one yard line.

  4. The sad thing is that the ACA is still not affordable for people like my son & my daughter, who are both over the poverty level in income and therefore not eligible for assistance, but also, they do not have a “spare” $250 per month for health insurance.

    And my son’s employer has some sort of loophole enabling them to NOT offer insurance as a benefit to full time employees for another 2 years.

    Guess he’ll pay the penalty and hope he doesn’t get sick.

  5. We can only hope those signing up are also the voting public. If not, the states will stay red. The people must learn who supports them and who doesnt.

    The gop mantra is that is you minimize those who dont support you, they will disappear. They dont.

  6. I am really happy to see this news. On the financial pages, all I see is that the website went down briefly this weekend. Only the insurance companies and their dogs would focus on the minor negative events and ignore the fact that millions of Americans are actually getting healthcare insurance.

  7. So not all the people in the Red States belive that their elected officals are for the people huh? I hope that they understand that their so called leaders would have just stood by and watched hundreds die of preventable illness.

  8. There’s no way your kids will pay $250 through the exchanges. I live in NYC, the most expensive city in the country, and my policy is $197 for medical and dental. They need to go on the exchanges and apply for subsidies and do more shopping. There are affordable plans out there. You have to look.

  9. If your son and daughter-in-law had been in a state that accepted federal aid, they would probably have received insurance at a discounted rate. Also, the fine is waived for low income workers and is merely a scare tactic for the Republicans that are trying to defeat this benefit.

  10. It would not surprise me if the repugs weren’t paying some of their minions to log on and try to overload the website.

  11. The problem with your comment is that if your son and daughter are just above tne poverty line, they do qualify for subsidies.

    However, you do have to actually go to the website and sign up.

  12. Remember Diane, not everyone in the south is a Republican, there are also Democrats in the south, they are just outnumbered by Republicans.

  13. I can’t believe my city was named here, awesome. Anyways, I hope republicans lose handily with their anti-healthcare rhetoric in 2014, people are desperate for healthcare. Hopefully, the affordable healthcare act will turn red states into blue, since many want medicaid to be expanded.

  14. If they are, they’re doing a terrible job. Oklahoma’s version, which of course uses the national exchange because our Governor is to Koch-struck to accept the fact the ADA is here to stay, worked FLAWLESSLY this morning.

    On the other hand comparing plans by visiting the providers individual websites was… let’s just say, disappointing, to be kind.

  15. I can hardly wait for the talking heads on Fox to start telling us that Obamacare was really a Republican idea.

  16. If you live in a red state where Republican governors are not accepting the Medicaid expansion, you are going to pay more or not be eligible at all. That’s a shame because they are doing it simply for political reasons. If you live in a blue state, you are not shopping the right way. If you want a low premium, say, a bronze plan, you will pay a higher deductible. If you select the silver plan, which most people are doing, you will pay a higher premium, but you will get more help with a subsidy. Its your choice. That’s the wonder thing about the ACA.

  17. Do we have a choice?
    ex·tor·tion
    noun1.an act or instance of extorting.2.Law. the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one’s office or authority.

  18. LOL, you mean like the taxes you pay for the roads and stuff?

    Why didnt you just say you hate Americans? Why dont you feel the same about the Ted Cruz $24 billion govt shutdown that cost us more then Obamacare?

    Why did you come here to whine like a child?

  19. Do you already have health care insurance? Is it a policy that meets the minimum requirements, i.e. yearly physicals, preventative care, no lifetime maximums? Then keep it. You won’t have to pay a dime but if you don’t have insurance you have to pay $95. with your 2015 taxes. That’s it. Nothing sinister. Oh yeah, if you don’t have insurance and you get hurt or sick you can just cover those bills all on your own. Sound Fair?

  20. Unfortunate, my sister and I live in Oklahoma. My sister just started receiving Social Security but will not be eligible for Medicare until April of 2015. And of course she’ll get no help from our state since Governor Mary Fallin decided to opt out on the insurance exchange for Medicade which would have covered her until her Medicare kicked in. Yes, Gov. Fallin, you screwed a lot of people in this state over. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

  21. Is it just me or are the VAST majority of republicans that chime in here are FEMALES?? don’t get me wrong, I get a kick out of these republicans spouting off their FUX NEWS Disney Land talking points but you’d think the way the GOP just back hands women on a DAILY basis and their response is ALWAYS “SILENCE” I assumed republican women were just laying low but it’s truly pathetic the ONLY time these curious women find a backbone is when their on a liberal website! I’m waiting for this wave of republican females to chime in on the GOP’s platform on RAPE or equal pay or abortion! obviously those issues aren’t worth talking about in their world. BTW, @christy, Stockholm Syndrome, noun, a psychological ailment that republican women seem to embrace with passion.

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