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Screenshot from HHS billboard marketing health insurance exchanges
The health care exchanges are increasingly becoming just a regular thing for Americans. After all the political angst and Republican obsession with repeal, after the huge mess created by a horribly botched rollout, they are finally now running smoothly and are on the way to becoming simply where to go to get health insurance. That's if Gallup is to be believed. But there's still work to be done in creating awareness.
Gallup chart showing sharp rise from October of people planning to purchase health insurance on the exchange.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Fifty-six percent of uninsured Americans who plan to get health insurance say they will do so through a government health insurance exchange. That figure has steadily increased since Gallup began tracking uninsured Americans' intentions in October.

One possible factor in the growing popularity of exchange-based plans versus other sources is improvements made to the federal exchange website to correct a wide array of technical issues that plagued the site. Another factor may be that previously uninsured Americans who now have health insurance for 2014 had other options, such as insurance through an employer or signing up on a spouse's or parent's plan. Those options may not be as available to those who remain uninsured.

Last week, Gallup reported fewer uninsured people in their survey—16 percent in January, down from 17.3 percent in December—and that trend continued in this week's polling. There's still a stunning lack of awareness about the law—72 percent of the uninsured aren't aware that they could be penalized for not signing up, but there's progress there, too. Last month it was 80 percent. This demonstrates that the administration still needs to be working hard to get the word out

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 08:40 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 08:40:44 AM PST

  •  And McConnell is in trouble in KY (18+ / 0-)

    I hope all the pearl clutching Beltway Dems and pundits will finally figure out that our candidates should be embracing the successes of ACA, not hiding because of the problems.

    Thank you Steve Beshear.  I hope Sen Hagan and our other candidates here in NC realize this soon and proudly stand for good government, good schools and economic fairness.

  •  HUGE victory for ‪NC‬'s ‪‎LGBT families (24+ / 0-)

    "Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has reversed course and will now offer family coverage to same-sex couples under the Affordable Care Act."

  •  JUST LIKE MEDICARE… fought tooth and nail (10+ / 0-)

    Till any and all of the Benefits were realized!


    Proud to be part of the 21st Century Democratic Majority Party of the 3M's.. Multiracial,Multigender and MiddleClass

    by LOrion on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 09:37:20 AM PST

    •  and just like SS they fought tooth and nail.... (1+ / 0-)
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      till it sank in...
      Now just tell seniors you'd cut it...and see watch darkness drop pronto over your political life...

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:41:32 PM PST

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  •  Yessireeee... (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Delevie, ruellia

    The Goppers are going to have one hell of a great platform to run on in  the midterms...repeal, repeal, repeal! Oh, God...let it be so!

  •  But...But...But... (6+ / 0-)
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    annan, Aquarius40, TofG, Delevie, tuma, jck

    My conservative friends INSIST that it's a "trainwreck"!!!

    Then they sputter something about Benghazi...

    Seriously why do all the parrots repeat trainwreck?  Was it an agreed upon term at some secret meeting of the "No-Thinking Allowed Club"?

    •  "trainwreck" sounds scary, isn't that the idea? (0+ / 0-)

      would you want to be on a train set to wreck?

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:55:59 PM PST

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  •  I'll get it before (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, ruellia

    Feb 15th !

    I'm still not exactly sure which plan I will get.
    After getting sick in GA over the last weekend I know I need a national plan.
    I have an 800 # I'll call Monday to get the questions I have answered.

  •  I got my current insurance from (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, ruellia, tuma, jck Wisconsin doesn't have its own.  I'm saving over $200.00 a month on premiums now--before any subsidies!  Previously I had a "family" plan with a local insurer but they doubled my rates over a two year time period.  I suspect it was because I actually used my coverage (God forbid).

    My new plan is through an insurance company owned by UW Health -- part of the public University of Wisconsin.  So, if you think about it, it's sort of a "public option".  It's ultimately being offered by a state entity.

  •  But Calgary Cruz says it's not too late to repeal (4+ / 0-)
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    BelgianBastard, Delevie, ruellia, tuma

    the ACA. And he really, really means it this time.

  •  Declining Rate of uninsured planning to get insure (0+ / 0-)

    From the same Gallup report

    The latest results are based on Jan. 2-28 Gallup Daily tracking interviews with more than 1,500 Americans who currently do not have health insurance.

    Currently, 53% of all uninsured Americans say they plan to get insurance, while 38% say they are more likely to pay the fine the government will assess most Americans who lack health insurance.

    The percentage planning to get insurance is down from 60% of the then-uninsured pool in December. This decline may be attributable as much to the shrinking uninsured population as to changes in uninsured Americans' intentions for obtaining insurance. In other words, fewer Americans are now uninsured, and those who remain uninsured as time goes on are least motivated to get insurance.

    We should expect the share of uninsured planning to stay uninsured to rise, as some of the uninsured become insured, and are no longer part of the uninsured.

    However, I expect some ACA opponents to use this data to show ACA is being rejected.

    A key measure for success, should be the increase in those who get Medicaid, who were not eligible before ACA plus the increase in those under private insurance.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:59:26 AM PST

  •  Save money or save face? (0+ / 0-)

    Has anyone done a story about people who bought, and parroted, the anti-Obamacare rhetoric, and who are now struggling between maintaining their preconceptions and actually reducing their healthcare costs... or even having insurance where they had none before?

    My δόγμα ate my Σ

    by jubal8 on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:59:48 AM PST

  •  Insurer: More Obamacare Sign-Ups Than We Expected (1+ / 0-)
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    A major health insurance company reported Wednesday that its Obamacare sign-ups were higher than its projections, some of the first concrete evidence that the health care reform law is working from the industry's perspective.

    Joseph Swedish, CEO of WellPoint, told investors that the company had received 500,000 applications through and its state-operated counterparts. He said the number was "ahead of our most recent projections." He added that applications had spiked in December and the company expects another surge before the March 31 deadline to enroll in coverage for 2014.

    “We do feel good about what we’ve seen thus far on the exchanges,” Swedish said on the call. “While it is early, we are encouraged by the level of applications we’ve received."[...]

    As for the demographic make-up of those enrollees, which will be one of the critical barometers for Obamacare's success, Swedish said that the numbers were "tracking closely with expectations." The Obama administration's original goal had been for close to 40 percent of enrollees to be under 35, but the initial breakdown reported this month showed about 24 percent fell in that age group.

    That might not be a major problem for insurers, though, as Swedish said that WellPoint had priced its products expecting its Obamacare enrollees to be older than its existing customers.

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:59:53 AM PST

  •  been trying since october (1+ / 0-)
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    and still can't get aca coverage in maryland because they still have not fixed the glitches

    and that is after more than a dozen calls, and at least 4 hours in person trying

    pity the democratic party functionary that calls me asking for a donation to the state party

    fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

    by mollyd on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:02:14 PM PST

  •  Before you get the word out..... (2+ / 0-)
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    mollyd, jck

    ...fix the exchanges. Tried to sign up through Hawaii's on October 1st. Gave up on January 14th and just walked into the office of one of the two insurers competing in this state. Signed up there. I am not even sure if my signj up will be counted in ACA statistics as it was not through the exchange which is still dysfunctional.

    Hat tip to the Kossack who informed me that I didn't have to sign up through the exchange, but could just communicate directly with the insurer. Since there are only two here, that was easy and so was comparing rates. I asked for brochures from both insurers and got them.

    The Hawaii Health Connect (our exchange) never let me sign up. You couldn't get through to a live person (a recording would take your number).

    I do not know if my experience was representative but I am informed and believe that it is. One reason the exchange would not let me sign up is that it thought I was in prison. When I did get through to a representative, I was told that many others had been blocked from signing up because they were presumed to be in prison. You had to go through some weird special procedure to be "cleared".

    I am a retired attorney. I have never been in prison. But my experience with the exchange in my very blue state (cobalt friggin' blue) made me want to lock myself in administrative segregation until I could stop hyperventilating.

    Stop pushing the exchanges until they work.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:04:51 PM PST

    •  Hawaii is a known problem (3+ / 0-)
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      Bensdad, Delevie, sulthernao

      Like Oregon, they tried to run their own exchange and massively screwed up.

      Tthe good news is that it's not a general problem, unless you live in HI or OR, of course.

      •  Yep. The lady in charge resigned here. (0+ / 0-)

        All in all, I would rather be in Hawaii and not able to sign up through the exchange than in Idaho and able to sign up (no disrespect to the fine people in that lovely state --but I like to stay warm!)

        If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

        by Bensdad on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:23:37 PM PST

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    •  i am literally in tears everytime i talk with them (0+ / 0-)

      they make you wait an hour before they will get to you, then they after hearing your problem, finding your file, put you on hold for another long time, never let you talk to the person above, never give their real name, and NEVER solve your problem, after another hour wasted they hang up.


      fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

      by mollyd on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 01:00:16 PM PST

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      •  Just talked to friend who is just about given up.. (1+ / 0-)
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        in Maryland...yep!! a blue state, Maryland has crewed it up big time...
        -What beats me is why can't O'Malley place a call the firm that setup Kentucky's?

        "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

        by tuma on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 01:21:36 PM PST

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  •  I'm starting to wonder if there is sabotage by (0+ / 0-)

    the insurance companies.

    We were supposed to be signed up By Covered CA at the start of the year. It took a fair amount of phone calls and live chats for me to get the paperwork the way they wanted it. Finally, we got the notice that we were covered while they were confirming our income info for the subsidy.

    Blue Shield still has not issued our cards, even though they acknowledged they have our check. My wife had to spend hours on the phone with Covered CA and Blue Shield before they entered us in.

    She has chronic fatigue from something, we don't know what. She needs blood tests and is getting weaker by the day.

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