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Just saw this in USA Today:

"Healthcare.gov a Success despite Glitches"

What else are you hearing or seeing? The long-term game is all about whether ACA wins and people like it. Few stories or posts today about glitches, so maybe the worst is over.

Hearing any other news? It's critical that the buzz turn in the next week or two or three into "ACA a success."

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  •  I agree. Great success. (7+ / 0-)

    I expect the polls on it's popularity to go up in the next few months.  Now if only I could get the site to agree that my login information is indeed right.  (Tried 5 different user names and passwords, and each time I've been refused multiple times.)

    •  same same (1+ / 0-)
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      worldlotus

      looking forward to getting logged in

      Power to the Peaceful!

      by misterwade on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 04:19:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Call them and ask them to walk you through (3+ / 0-)
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      Deep Texan, CoyoteMarti, worldlotus

      and of course read the fine print on what a password has to contain.

      •  I would... (3+ / 0-)
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        CoyoteMarti, FiredUpInCA, worldlotus

        But I never talk on phones.  I have a fear of talking on phones so much that I get panic attacks.  Kind of stupid, but I can't help it.

        I have read the password fine print.  My log username and password were accepted.  It said my account was created each time, but when I try to log in...  No account found each time.

      •  I haven't been able to log in, so I called (1+ / 0-)
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        madmojo

        I set up my account on Tuesday, after numerous tries.  I was careful to follow instructions and tripled checked everything I did; and copied username, password, etc.  Have not been able to log on since creating my account.

        Today I tried the chat tool; it didn't work.  So I called.

        Amazingly, a real human answered pretty quickly.  Unfortunately, he wasn't able to help with the log in problem.  But he did offer to go over the plans with me; so I said sure, why not.

        He asked my state, I told him it was North Carolina.  He then proceeded to read some text.  I asked him a basic question; how many North Carolina insurance companies are offering plans through the exchange.  He had no idea what I was asking.  I then proceeded to explain to him how the exchanges work.

        I'm still hopeful.  Healthcare.gov is still getting overwhelmed.  My plan now is to wait awhile before attempting to solve my log in problem.

        ______________
        Love one another

        by davehouck on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 07:22:37 PM PDT

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  •  not a mag in my best-of box, (2+ / 0-)
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    CroneWit, worldlotus

    but there's tons to like in their linked story.

    thanks.

    @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution. * Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 04:10:18 PM PDT

  •  USA Today approval is a good sign (9+ / 0-)

    it's read by many, even those often considered 'low-information' people.

  •  A post in Slate gave examples of several of (2+ / 0-)
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    Ckntfld, worldlotus

    their readers experiences with Obamacare.  Most were not able to get through the process, but are determined to keep trying.  Also interesting to see who the situations of the potential customers.

    http://www.slate.com/...

    “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

    by ahumbleopinion on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 04:18:25 PM PDT

  •  Talked with the RI exchange office today (6+ / 0-)

    I had a lot of questions on how to fill out the forms, and the representative was knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and all those good things. She said they'd been pretty busy -- and that a lot of people were being referred there by their doctor or hospital. That's a great sign. It makes sense; the medical providers would rather help someone get insurance than keep treating them for free. The RI website also seems to be working fine (after some problems with too-heavy traffic the first hour it was open Tuesday), and the interface with the federal one (to confirm my identity) also went through fine.

    Best of all, the premiums (after subsidies applied) were way lower than what I'd seen on the Kaiser estimator. I'm still thinking about which plan to buy, but so far I'm a happy camper.

  •  WSJ pipes in with fairly positive results (3+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan, Ckntfld, worldlotus
    Insurers said they are now getting enrollees through the health law's new online marketplaces, though some state websites and the federally run exchange continued to be slow amid heavy traffic.

    "I'd characterize the enrollments as a trickle rather than a wave at this early stage," said Raymond Smithberger, general manager for individual and family plans at Cigna Corp., which was notified of its first enrollees Wednesday night.

    WellPoint Inc. said it began receiving enrollees from the federal marketplace Thursday, but it was too soon to give precise numbers.

    Subscription required.

    "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

    by shrike on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 04:29:53 PM PDT

  •  the real test starts next year (2+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus, auapplemac

    when people start using it.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 04:34:04 PM PDT

  •  Douchebag at Forbes who has tried to trash (9+ / 0-)

    it all along claims that enrollment is actually only in the SINGLE digits. Maybe not even that high.

    Enrollment In Obamacare's Federal Exchange, So Far, May Only Be In 'Single Digits'

    But the Obama administration isn’t releasing figures as to the number of Americans who have actually signed up for exchange-based coverage. “Very, very few people that we’re aware of have enrolled in the federal exchange,” said one anonymous insurance industry official to the Washington Post. “We are talking single digits.”

    No. This isn't The Onion, it is actually a guy who writes for a legitimate news organization.

    On a more reality based note, I read this:

    The ACA Is Going To Save Me $10k per year.

    To my surprise, I was told:

        My $811 monthly premiums would be reduced to $85 per month
        My $2400 annual medical deductible would be reduced to $500
        My current maximum out-of-pocket expenses are determined by a complicated multitude of factors and would be reduced from a minimum of $4800 per year to $2250 per year
        My regular primary care physician visits are going to be reduced from $150 to $15
        My lab work, x-rays, mammograms, etc. will be reduced to a maximum of $15 each–many preventative visits are INCLUDED in the monthly premiums!

    aff-care-actEssentially, I will be able to pay for actual health care and not just health insurance premiums.  I will be saving at least $11,262 per year thanks to President Obama and the Affordable Care Act.  I know,  I know…  Now, since 85% of all premiums paid to insurance companies MUST be spent on health care, those poor, poor executives might have to take a pay cut.

    Are you crying?  The only reason why I’m crying is because I’m going to start being treated like a human being–Thanks to President Obama and his team–AND because the GOP Congress fought so hard to take this away.  We lived in a seriously fucked up society.

    I'd like to start a new meme: "No means no" is a misnomer. It should be "Only 'Yes' means yes." Just because someone doesn't say "No" doesn't mean they've given consent. If she didn't say "Yes", there is no consent.

    by second gen on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 05:21:09 PM PDT

    •  The IL people said everyone across the country (3+ / 0-)
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      second gen, worldlotus, davehouck

      is expecting people to check the sites up to 15 times before actually enrolling (takes awhile to decide, first visits for many are info-gathering), so of course enrollment will by far lag the hits.

      When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

      by CoyoteMarti on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 06:15:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I've done some searches. ACA might (4+ / 0-)
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    puakev, saluda, worldlotus, bear83

    save me $3600 more a year. Competitive pressures generated by the ACA already saved my family $4000 per year on employer based insurance.

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    by khyber900 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 05:23:26 PM PDT

  •  You know I wonder what the economic impact will (2+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus, bear83

    be from all the premium savings.  

    Now instead of the money going to insurance companies, these people will have money to spend. It is almost like a major tax cut, but without the deficit spending.

  •  Nice Article (4+ / 0-)

    That's a nice article, good catch.

    •  Well - I have a little bit of a sticker shock (0+ / 0-)

      mainly because I currently have healthcare though my wife and I need to buy insurance on the exchange as she's staying home with our third child.

      I'm self-emplioyed with a corp of me myself, and I and I make too much for subsidies...

      I've been getting quotes of $765 to $1000 for a family of 5. $1000 if I want a silver Kaiser plan which I think I do. (we have Kaiser now)

      Granted - COBRA is probably $1,600 so it IS cheaper.

      I think it's great that people are able to buy insurance who make much less than I do... and I make enough to afford the premiums so I should pay them.

      But it's just another thing to adjust to - as it's a cost I didn't have to worry about before.

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