Obamacare Knocks Out The GOP As Enrollment Poised To Shatter 2015 Goal


The latest good news for President Obama is that the Affordable Care Act is poised to shatter his administration’s enrollment goals for 2015.

The Department of Health and Human Services released the latest numbers:

Nationwide, 9.5 million consumers selected or were automatically reenrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace through the second month of 2015 Open Enrollment, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of those, more than 7.1 million were in states using the HealthCare.gov platform and 2.4 million were in the 14 states (including Washington, D.C.) using their own Marketplace platforms. As the Feb. 15 deadline approaches, HHS encourages all eligible consumers to sign up for Marketplace coverage. Most will be eligible for financial assistance to lower the cost of monthly premiums.

Today’s report includes data for individuals who selected or were automatically reenrolled in coverage through Jan. 16 for the 37 states using the HealthCare.gov platform, and through Jan. 17 for the 12 states and Washington, D.C. using their own Marketplace platforms. Data for California is through Jan. 18. To have their coverage effectuated, consumers need to pay their first month’s health plan premium (today’s report does not include effectuated enrollment).

The good news about enrollment was part of a one-two punch that also included the CBO lowering the cost of the ACA by 20% due to a slowdown in the growth of healthcare costs. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are trying to keep the repeal charade going by voting again to repeal Obamacare next week. The disconnect between Republicans and reality has never been clearer. The Affordable Care Act is becoming a raging success. The law is doing exactly what it was intended to do. More people have access to healthcare, and the price of that healthcare is dropping.

President Obama is on a roll. His approval ratings are skyrocketing. The economy is expanding, and now healthcare is more accessible and affordable than ever before. Things are by no means perfect, but the country is moving in the right direction again. It is becoming impossible for Republicans to avoid the reality that Americans love the Affordable Care Act. The ACA will easily pass the administration’s targets for 2015 enrollment. The years of Republican fear-mongering are being proven wrong. The ACA hasn’t destroyed the health care system. It has granted tens of millions of Americans access to it.

Republicans don’t have an alternative. They don’t have a plan, and it is becoming clear that their irrational hatred of the ACA is out of step with the wants of most Americans.

33 Replies to “Obamacare Knocks Out The GOP As Enrollment Poised To Shatter 2015 Goal”

  1. NICE:
    Is the Supreme Court decision to take away 3 million people’s health care insurance irreparable harm? Lack of health insurance results in increased and unnecessary deaths. Is this constitutional? Would the Supreme Court dare?
    SCOTUS Ruling Against Obamacare Threatens GOP In 2016 Swing States that would wipe out health insurance subsidies for some 3 million Americans. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/king-burwell-dilemma-republicans-swing-states
    IS the Governor’s refusal of State Medicaid Expansion against the law killing people?
    REPORT: 27,000 Will Die Because Republican States Refuse To Expand Medicaid http://www.nationalmemo.com/report-27000-will-die-because-republican-states-refuse-to-expand-medicaid/

  2. and… just in time… Boehner and the clown show has scheduled another vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act…

    as a Poli Sci major I’m REALLY enjoying the ‘we can govern’ show the Republicans are putting on…

    House of Reps Republicans can’t pass their own bills…

    Senate Republicans are learning that payback is a bitch…

  3. It really is easy to understand the increase in the numbers, when people are forced to buy a product they don’t want or think they need.

  4. I think I just read that the House is preparing to have another vote to repeal the AHA! Cuz they have nothing planned for aiding working stiffs, just the rich stiffs. This news will not deter them

  5. I know 30 year olds think they’re bullet proof and they can exercise their way out of anything but…

    you know… privileged dumbass parents who won’t vaccinate their kids…

    auto accident where you’re hit by a drunk…

    you can NEVER exercise your way out of what your genes have in store for you…

    so let them go to the emergency room… except I pay for that and so do you… not the selfish dumbass who doesn’t ‘want or need’ insurance…

  6. I have no qualms over the idea of of the idea of the ACA, in theory it is a great idea. But when the coverage I had was no longer considered acceptable for what the government thinks my needs are under the ACA regulations and was forced to buy into a new more expensive plan, that is the issue.

    but yes, along with the added “benefits” we will never use I was happy for the increase in my family premium by $329 a month and the increase in my family deductible by $4000.

  7. Well Tim, can’t make all of the people happy all of the time; and some people (ahem) will find fault and be unhappy all the time. That’s life. I am thrilled for the ones that do have coverage, that is more important than naysayers spreading around lies after all has been proven ACA has been a success.

  8. Especially the ones who say they are “forced” to buy something they don’t want or need. That is the ultimate stupid.

    People who don’t like rules are going to have a very rough life. ..and if you don’t like laws or rules, move to a country where there are none.

    Civilized cohabitation requires laws and rules. You learn rules in preschool for goodness sake.

  9. MORE wasted taxpayer dollars and time, when the country needs attention on jobs, infrastructure, and PRESERVING voting rights and rights for women.

    This is how the GOP thinks they govern. They are hopeless causes. They have the chance to show they can do something, and they fail.

  10. Tim, your coverage was a joke. That is why it was not acceptable. It did not meet standards, it was a junk plan. Get over it, and move on. You were paying for a dud plan.

  11. I am just shocked they waited a whole month before trying the repeal vote. Bachmann had it qued up and ready to go last cycle, and it was the very first vote of the 114th. Now they just need to vote on keeping In God we trust and one more to DEFUND ACORN, and they are back on par.

  12. The news is outstanding. The president must be more than pleased. I don’t know how the Supreme Court can possibly think that denying 3,000,000 people healthcare is a good idea. That’s 1% of the population of the US. Seems unconscionable to me.

  13. 99% of the idiotic responses I just read are what is wrong with America. Americans need to wise up and stop blindly following the propaganda than you are buying into.

  14. Typical teabagger response. Exactly on what planet (other than Kolob) is an oligarchy like the Koch, Walton, Romney, Bush, Paul, Cruz ect. families have in mind offer any freedoms to it’s citizenry?

  15. Obamacare 2.0: the White House’s radical new plan to change how doctors get paid

    The White House is making its biggest bet yet on the future of health care  — and it has nothing to do with getting more people health insurance.

    The Obama administration announced Monday a sweeping new plan that will directly affect thousands of hospitals and doctors across the country. The federal government now plans to pay Medicare doctors more if they help patients get healthier — and less if their patients just stay sick. This would be done by tying 85 percent of all Medicare payments to outcomes by the end of 2016 — rising to 90 percent by 2018.
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  16. Tim, watch the movie “The Rainmaker,” with Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, and Jon Voight.

    THAT’S the kind of “insurance policy” you were wasting your money on to (not) cover your family.

  17. Because they already have health insurance paid for by the taxpayers.

    Damn you really cant be this ignorant?

  18. We told you so. But nah, It’s the Obamacare scare that got the goobers running away from it and the Republicans trying to dismantle it.
    They will be on the wrong side of history on this. Republicans will be denied the pleasure of being for the ACA and be out in the cold. Public opinion, generations from now, will know the story and throw it in the Republicans face from time to time.

  19. How is this different from being compelled to purchase insurance on your car? The fact is that EVERYONE gets sick or injured at some point in their life. With ACA in place everyone pays their own way. Isn’t that what conservatives have been saying should happen all along?

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