Another Huge Obama Win: 12 Million Have Chosen Private Policies Through Obamacare Exchanges

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The ACA numbers guy (and all around genius) Charles Gaba has some new numbers and Republicans aren’t going to like them.

Yeah, see, it turns out (brace yourselves for the shock) that Republicans were wrong about Obamacare. I know, right? Almost 12 million people have chosen private policies through Obamacare exchanges, which is close to none…

But 12 million more.

However, combined with the other off-season/tax SEP numbers reported from (most) of the state exchanges, this (including today’s Minnesota update of 64K QHPs) does bring the grand total number of confirmed 2015 QHP selections up to exactly: 11,995,315.

Technically speaking, they’re still about 5,000 QHPs shy of the 12 million mark, but give me a break; this number doesn’t include normal Off-Season Enrollments (via life changes) in nearly every state since 2/22 or the tax season SEP enrollments from a half-dozen state-based exchanges.

Therefore, it’s quite safe to call it:
• 2015 ACA Exchange-based QHP Selections have officially broken the 12.0 million mark, with over 9.0 million coming from HealthCare.Gov.

Of course, when you throw in the missing tax season SEP / off-season enrollments, the actual total should be closer to 12.4 million or higher, and should finally reach my personal Open Enrollment Period target of 12.5 million by the end of May.

Here’s something that should concern Republicans, because you see, it turns out that even Republicans want their family to live (I predicted this years ago based on the fact that life over politics is pretty obvious and then there is the amusing note that many red staters don’t seem to know that they have signed up for Obamacare) and thus have signed up for plans through the exchanges. Oh, yes, the red states are flying into Obamacare.

Jason Easley pointed out in January of this year:

Republicans who thought that they were stopping the law by refusing to set up their own state exchanges have created a trap for themselves. Florida, Maine, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina have all covered at least 40% of their eligible residents under the federal exchange. Arkansas also depends on subsidies to fund their “private option” plan. All of these states will face an immediate backlash if the Supreme Court rules that only states that have set up exchanges are eligible for subsidies.

I have already discussed the debunking of every single Republican Obamacare prediction here, but let’s just recall that Republicans like to claim that all of the Obamacare numbers represent Medicaid expansion.

And yet we have 12 million in private plans from Obamacare exchanges.

The exchanges based on competition.

Like a free market.

Which Republicans claim they are the sole advocates of.

President Obama has once again taken the Republican claims about Democrats and flipped them upside down. It was Obama who created record breaking private sector job growth, not a Republican. The last president to do so was another Democrat, former President Bill Clinton. So goes private sector job growth to the Democrat.

It was Obama who got Osama, even though Republicans claim only they, who no longer thought much about the man they told you was going to kill your family, can keep you safe. So goes national security to the Democrat.

And now, it was a Democrat who addressed our nation’s healthcare crisis by using a free market solution that opened the door to affordable coverage for everyone. President Obama did this while Republicans advocated for continued taxpayer subsidizing of too-big-to-fail Wall Street businesses. So falls real free market competition to the Democrat.

Thus we conclude today’s lesson in how Republicans no longer stand for the things they still say they stand for and once again, Obamacare is working. Obamacare is a success. It’s not perfect, but no one ever claimed it was. But you know why Republicans get to criticize Obamacare? Because they are choosing to do nothing, and when you do nothing, there isn’t anything to criticize except the failure to do something.

Another day, another Republican fail. Suddenly Republicans aren’t calling it Obamacare so much. But it was Obamacare when they slammed it and it is Obamacare now that they have been thoroughly proven wrong as they trolled the free market solution to our healthcare crisis.

Obamacare it is, and Obamacare is working.

20 Replies to “Another Huge Obama Win: 12 Million Have Chosen Private Policies Through Obamacare Exchanges”

  1. Alan Greyson was correct when he put forth the Republican Health Care system. #1 Don’t get sick #2 And if you do, Die Quickly!

  2. And the inevitable Republican HealthScare- Death Panels. The only Death Panels: Republicans voting against Obamacare.

    I’m still thinking of that avowed Tea Bagger who admits in a youtube video that he’s not voting for Republicans anymore.

    Now if we could just get more survival minded conservatives to wake up.

  3. “Republicans who thought that they were stopping the law by refusing to set up their own state exchanges have created a trap for themselves. Florida, Maine, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina have all covered at least 40% of their eligible residents under the federal exchange. Arkansas also depends on subsidies to fund their “private option” plan. All of these states will face an immediate backlash if the Supreme Court rules that only states that have set up exchanges are eligible for subsidies.”
    I have lost count. How many times has the President been right and the Rethugs wrong? See, Obama, hmmmm, 100, Rethugs, 0.

  4. Ok I LIED!! I’m gonna say it again, I HATE republicans, the republican brain is so USELESS! I’m telling the TRUTH! republicans are wrong about EVERYTHING! how about mccarthy, who claimed that the country was being OVER RUN with communist plots EVERYWHERE! WRONG! republicans claimed that IRAN/CONRA never existed! WRONG! republicans claimed child labor laws would destroy big business! WRONG! republicans claimed social security would destroy MANKIND! WRONG! republicans claimed medicare was a COMMIE plot setup by Khrushcev! WRONG! republicans claimed trickle down economics was REAL economics!! WRONG! republicans claimed IRAQ was responsible for 911! WRONG! republicans claimed that SARAH PALIN was V.P. material!, OH $HIT! WRONG! republicans claimed that WOMEN have a ANTI get pregnant button if the ever get RAPED!! WRONG! republicans claimed that OBAMA was going to destroy the STOCK MARKET! WRONG! theres a pattern here! RIGHT?

  5. But, these numbers haven’t stopped Scott in FL and other anti-ACA governors/politicians from claiming that Obamacare is a “failure,” even though thousands/millions in their own states have purchased insurance through the exchanges. It’s their belief and they’re sticking to it! In reference to the article at the link, note that these RW pols are sad that the ACA is so successful, and that these are individuals, many of whom never shut up about their “family and “c”hristian” values.

    “State governments lament that citizens are actually getting health coverage.”

    http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-state-governments-lament-20150518-column.html

  6. My Wife and I are two of the 12 million. Thanks to President Obama. I truly believe he is the best President in my lifetime.

  7. Rick Scott would rather shut down government than take Obamacare Medicaid funding
    Florida needs to prepare for a government shutdown, says Republican Gov. Rick Scott, because he and the Florida House continue to refuse the state Senate’s budget solution of accepting Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Scott instead is pushing the federal government to continue a temporary funding program known as the low-income pool (LIP). The feds and Florida signed an agreement a year ago to end that funding. Despite having a year to figure this out, they haven’t, and now Scott has sent out notices to governmental departments this week, telling them to identify critical services that would need to keep running in the event of a shutdown. And he’s blaming it on the Senate.
    Read More
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/15/1385052/-Rick-Scott-would-rather-shut-down-government-than-take-Obamacare-Medicaid-nbsp-funding

  8. “12 Responses to Another Huge Obama Win: 12 Million Have Chosen Private Policies Through Obamacare Exchanges”

    3.6% of the US population enrolled – how exactly is that a big win? Mandatory insurance does nothing about the real problem – excessively high and constantly increasing prices for hospitalization, treatment, and medications.

  9. If you do a simple Google News search, you’ll see that 80% of those enrolled were not uninsured. They had coverage either through a job, or a private plan, before enrolling in “ObamaCare”. President Obama’s primary Affordable Care Act goal was to significantly reduce the number of Americans who do not have insurance. That goal still isn’t anywhere close to being realized.

    Also worth noting is that approx. 20% of those who enroll, do not keep their plan for a year.

  10. @tekwyzrd, see this is the problem with you simple minded IDIOTS! so because 3.6% of the population signed up for insurance, therefore it’s a FAILURE?? MY GOD!! how can a human being be this STUPID?? first of all, quite a few people had health insurance already!! second of all, NOT everyone in the ENTIRE USA needs the ACA! like children under 5 yrs old! Third- MOST republicans rather DIE than take ANYTHING from the OBAMA administration!! FOURTH- I don’t think our OVER CROWDED PRISON system offers the ACA to them! theres over 2.4 MILLION people imprisoned, 1 out 100 us citizens are behind BARS!! the higher per capita on EARTH!!! @ekwyzrd, YOU are utterly retarded, even for a republican!

  11. I have long since learned to Bing! There you get to the part where80% had junk policies that were replaced with good policies. Google forgets that sometimes?

  12. I love you idiots. Helping 12 million people is not enough? The number of people really helped is closer to 30 million when you add all ACA benefits. Is that enough? Deaths attributed to people because they didn’t have health insurance was 47K per year and now it is less than half of that figure and the increase in health care cost annually is the lowest in decades. You make me vomit, but I think, even if it is a preexisting condition, it is covered. For you, mental health issues are covered. Get help.

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