Obamacare 'enrolls' 1.1 million; only 47 million to go

The Obama administration proudly announced that less than 3 percent of uninsured Americans have signed up for Obamacare under the "Affordable" Care Act. That's a grand total of 1.1 million of enrollees.

That's a drop in the bucket of the 48 million of obamacare logoAmericans that have a "desperate need" for health insurance, the number that drove the passage of Obamacare

And that  begs the question:  Where the hell are the other 47 million or so of Americans that were clamoring for health insurance, who were unable to get it because of pre-existing health conditions, because the "greedy" insurance companies cared more for their bottom lines than they did long-suffering Americans?

Why have then not rushed to sign up if their need was so desperate? Could it be that there weren't 48 million in such dire need to start with? Could it be that a large percentage of the 48 million didn't want insurance?

We can only assume that they're still out there with the other six million Americans who got their individual policies cancelled because they did not meet the arbitrary standards for "quality" coverage set by the Obama administration.

The bottom line: Instead of reducing the number of Americans without health insurance, Obamacare and the Obama administration has increased the number to 53 million uninsured Americans.

Hey, progressives, is this progress?

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  • 1.1 million is the number who signed up through Healthcare.gov, the federal portal. The actual number is about double that.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    That's correct. So, where are the other 46 million?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    You and I both know the law was never intended to allow every uninsured person to get access to health care, and you and I also know millions won't get it because GOP governors refused Medicare in their states and wouldn't set up exchanges.

    We also both know that there are three months left to sign up for this year's coverage so the numbers will continue to rise.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Jimmy, actually I know what Obama said in his 2009 speech to Congress about the goal of his reform: "It will provide insurance for those who don't [have it]" Pelosi said when it passed the House that Obamacare would extend "health coverage to around 96 percent of Americans." Max Baucus bragged upon the Senate passage that it would "Ensure that more than 94% of Americans have affordable coverage options." The oft-repeated rhetoric was that "Beginning in 2014, virtually all Americans will have to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty." In other words, those who don't have insurance have chosen not to, and in that they have violated the law.

    The CBO in 2009 actually warned that the ACA would reduce the number of uninsured Americans from 55 million to only about 31 million in 2023. But that got so little attention and media coverage as to be virtually ignored in the debate. More recent CBO figures confirm that tens of millions of Americans will remain uninsured.

    My point is this: The reality will fall far short of the ACA's expectations, as created by its proponents. The critics who asserted that it would not fulfill the glorious goals as outlined by Obama et al, were pooh-poohed as uncaring, don't-give-a-damn about the oppressed and victimized in our society. What those "victimized" Americans are left with is a utopian, Rube Goldberg apparatus that falls far short of what they might have hoped for.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    "The CBO in 2009 actually warned that the ACA would reduce the number of uninsured Americans from 55 million to only about 31 million in 2023."

    I felt this was highly publicized, I read it in just about every story back when the bill was going through Congress. The bill was hardly a dream Dem bill, it got watered down repeatedly in order to pass.

    That line does illustrate an important point, the number of uninsured wasn't intended to fall overnight. It'll happen gradually, as is happening.

    I will says this: It will be incredibly easy for opponents of the bill to obfuscate about it because it isn't perfect and because it's not black or white. That may result in GOP taking control of the House, Senate and White House in 2016.

    By then, the popular components of the ACA (which is almost everything when the pieces are polled. The overall bill polls as unpopular but that's due to the obfuscation) will be firmly entrenched, millions more will be getting affordable health care and it won't be possible to repeal. What the GOP does then will be amazing to watch.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    If it was indeed highly publicized, the news apparently didn't reach the White House, which continued--and to this day--stubbornly insists that the ACA is the best solution. If there is obfuscation going on, I suppose you can accuse both sides of it, but one has to search far and wide to top Obama's you-can-keep-your-insurrence-and-doctor line. And obfuscation hardly accurately describes the pro-ACA tactics of dumping the legislation on Congress with barely enough time to weigh it, let alone read it all, and certainly not to comprehend the full implications and nuances that only now are becoming apparent.

    So, again I ask, what is to be done about the tens of millions who won't be covered by insurance under the ACA? We heard about the thousands of Americans who were dying because they had no health insurance. Are we just supposed to forget them now?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Single-payer! You in?

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    That would even be worse.

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    The original goal was 3.3 million enrolled in private plans by January. It's now at about 2 million. "Where are the other 46 million" is a typical strawman.

    Millions more have enrolled in Medicaid.

    If your goal is universal healthcare, a system like those in Canada, Germany, Israel or the rest of the Western World would have been preferable. This private-sector for-profit Rube Goldberg machine crafted by the Heritage Foundation was bound to have hiccups.

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    An explanation of the cost structure of the ACA, for those interested. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Good luck.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Y-5rjsaJY&list=TLCLh5CGPW3MU2M1dncXH4WiUcF2wmRMgL

  • So my insurance went up 200.00 a month... yay obamacare NOT.

  • In reply to dude:

    You're probably getting better insurance, dude.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Check out this article from NBC! , it is an example of the sticker shock many are going through.

    There is a lot of negative information about this new law, from both liberal and conservative sources, if one is ignoring it then they are probably just 'rooting for their team'. If the young and healthy don't sign up, for costs that have doubled and tripled, then everyone else's costs will rise much more, is there any argument against this?

    A BMW may be a better car than a Kia, but what does that mean if you can't afford it?

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Link didn't work, here it is to copy and paste.

    http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/29/21893911-workers-at-auto-dealership-come-face-to-face-with-obamacare-trade-offs?lite

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