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President Barack Obama smiling and holding "get covered" sign.
With open enrollment for Obamacare ending March 31, the administration has announced that it's much closer to its goal of 6 million enrollees. A healthy chunk of the 4.2 million applicants are aged 18-35.
About 940,000 people selected Obamacare insurance plans in February, bringing to 4.2 million the total number of people opting for health coverage in the law’s insurance exchanges since the enrollment opened in October.

About a quarter of the sign-ups over the first five months of enrollment were adults between ages 18 and 35 – a key demographic sought by insurers to help offset the cost of covering older, typically sicker enrollees. More than four in five people signing up qualified for subsidies through tax credits.

Women continued to enroll at a disproportionately higher rate than men – a 55-45 percent split. Nearly two-thirds of all sign-ups selected mid-level “silver” level plans that cover about 70 percent of their enrollees’ costs.

An additional 4.4 million people have been found eligible for Medicaid and CHIP through state and federal marketplaces. So that's 8.6 million people the Republicans want to take health care away from.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 01:38 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 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 Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 01:38:23 PM PDT

  •  Good news, March should see heavy signups. n/t (3+ / 0-)

    "Really nice, but also very serious about his job." Jackie Evancho on President Obama 6/7/12

    by BarackStarObama on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 01:49:34 PM PDT

  •  so a bit higher than Brainwrap was projecting (4+ / 0-)

    he was projecting about 900K. so we'll need to get 1.8 million in march to reach 6 million, 2.8 to reach 7 million.

  •  and that's it for the year or just the month? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm confused  by these "deadlines" for open enrollment...can't you sign up for coverage at any point? if you lose your job, or turn 27 do you have to wait for the next enrollment period?  And if so, when is that period?

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 01:52:48 PM PDT

    •  I think "lifetime events" don't need to be open (3+ / 0-)
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      livjack, gchaucer2, sulthernao

      A birthday, a graduation, a new job, losing a job, a marriage, a divorce, a birth, a death.  Anything that alters your life, family size, or your income can be done any time.

      If you're stable in a job without health insurance right now and none of those events have happened to you, you can sign up for health insurance anyway since it's "open" enrollment.

      The practice also occurs within private businesses.  You can opt to sign up or cancel insurance when you're hired or when a life event occurs. Otherwise, you have to wait until open enrollment as announced by HR.

      The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

      by catwho on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 01:59:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Turn 26, not 27. (1+ / 0-)
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      I wish it was 27.

    •  Open enrollment (3+ / 0-)
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      livjack, auapplemac, deepeco

      Means you can sign up now to avoid the penalties in tax code for not having health care. The last date is March 31st. After that, unless you have a life event you will be assessed a tax until you sign up.

  •  NO! NO! NO! (0+ / 0-)

    Stop before the Tentcles of SOCIOCOMMUNISM drag you DOWn to the SLIMEY RED MUCK WHERE MILLIONS DIED OF HEALTHCARE in OBAMANS LESBIAN HEALTHCARE GULAG instead of finding JESUS read JIHN 3:14 so WAKE UO amewrica befiore it is TOO LATE.

    •  Are there gay healthcare gulags? I could (0+ / 0-)

      Use a little action, sad to say.

      The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of mankind; and the possessors of those, in turn, despise the republic and endanger liberty. - Omaha Platform, 1892

      by Rikon Snow on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 02:15:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Gosh, he has a nice smile (1+ / 0-)
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    i saw an old tree today

    Whether it's from a lifetime of good oral hygiene or a great dentist, it's an impressive grin.

    The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

    by catwho on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 01:55:51 PM PDT

  •  Death panel members rejoiced. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 01:56:49 PM PDT

  •  "A healthy chunk... are aged 18-35." (1+ / 0-)
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    i saw an old tree today

    Exactly how they're needed: healthy.

    Actuarially, this is going to work.

    "Get over it...and get out of the way." -- Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY)

    by mspicata on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 01:57:48 PM PDT

  •  Will someone please help with the math on this? (0+ / 0-)

    If 4.2 million are signed up, in a nation of 300+ million, that is just over 1% of the population.  That seems startlingly low for such a comprehensive national program.  

    I'm in need of some major contextualization here.

    •  The ACA exchanges, by and large, (2+ / 0-)
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      i saw an old tree today, JBraden

      are to be used by people who are either uninsured or already in the individual market.  The news broke yesterday that the uninsured rate dropped to 15ish percent, and I believe the goal is to gradually chip away at that uninsured number over several years.

      Note that another 4.4 million are enrolled through Medicaid and CHIP which are two important pillars of the ACA.

  •  The link is to the Guardian article on Feinstein (0+ / 0-)

    I would like to see the real one, however.

    This is one of those times I wish I could reply to the tip jar.

    Congressional Democrats really need to decide if they're going to let their agenda be dictated by voters who won't support them no matter what they do. -TJ, PPP

    by Osaka on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 02:04:05 PM PDT

  •  It's a government plot (0+ / 0-)

    to get people to sign for affordable healthcare options and take away YOUR guns (don't ask questions, and just suffer like a good libertarian with your untreated illness just like GAWD intended).

    It's an affront to Americans god given right to die from pre-existing conditions. What, you kind like not having to do this? OMG gay marriage!!, we must overturn Obamacare.

    It's a distraction to cover up Benghazi (for "proof" just see Rep. Randy Weber's (R-Texas) tweet on President Obama's Between the Ferns skit).

    It's pandering to all those "takers" who will vote for anyone who gives them "stuff" like affordable health care, a decent public education, social security, safe food and water, and protection from corporate exploitation. If only these people had the moral rectitude to see the wonders of bankruptcy due exorbitant healthcare costs, mass illiteracy, starving old people, e-coli in everyday dish, and sweat shop labor. Curse that liberal media for misrepresenting the glories of conservatism.

    And I personally don't believe that it is not about death panels. [This double negative brought to you by People for Freedom from Facts]  


  •  The actual numbers might be even better. (2+ / 0-)
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    jdsnebraska, Onomastic

    I posted a diary about this just a minute ago.

    The ACA Signup totals might not even include consumers who have purchased policies off the Marketplace/Exchange.

    In Southern states like Tennessee, this is likely to be happening and a higher rate than states where elected officials are cooperating with HHS.

    I like Marsha Blackburn on Facebook. Don't hate.

    by Benintn on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 02:05:53 PM PDT

  •  Your link in the article (0+ / 0-)

    takes me to a story on Feinstein and the CIA.

  •  Is this having a significant effect on overall (0+ / 0-)

    uninsured numbers? Sorry I don't already kow this, but 4-6 million - why is this impressive? It's impressive asa number, yes, but as a portion of the uninsured it's not.

    What am I missing - and I'm sure I am, just to note, and look forward to learning what it is.

  •  The Conservative Defense Goes: (1+ / 0-)
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    1.) Lies! That can't possibly be true!

    2.) But how many kept their doctor Obama?

    Of course there's also a contingent of lefties who will say

    1.) Who cares if people aren't going broke or getting medical care for the first time? It's not single payer!

    by DAISHI on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 02:14:47 PM PDT

  •  Bad Link (0+ / 0-)

    The link leads to a Guardian article about the CIA.

  •  Measure for ACA success should be the reduction (0+ / 0-)

    in percentage of population who are uninsured vs the percentage the day ACA was signed into law.   Counting people who are insured through the exchanges does a poor job of this, as knowing how approx 6 million are currently insured tells us nothing about how over 300 million are insured or not.  

    For example, most here would strongly prefer seeing the exchanges sign-up only 4 million people by March 31, but reduce the uninsured to 5% of the population, over the exchanges signing up 10 million, but have the percentage of uninsured increase to 20%.

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

    by nextstep on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 02:57:29 PM PDT

  •  I've been trying to use (0+ / 0-)

    all afternoon today without any success.

    I'm stalled right at the beginning because the 'Find Plans in Your Area'  user dialogue part does not come up when you go to: you cannot enter any information on that screen about where you live or your income at the present time.   They said I should try tonight.

    However, I'm presently sadled with only a dialup connection and I don't know if I'm timing out loading parts of that page.   The other question I have right now is that I have to work with my old portable and it only has Internet Explorer 8 on it....and I was wondering if anyone knew if there are known issues with on out-of-date web browsers.

    If anyone tried the 'find plans in your area' and you get success with that pages dialogue with the user, please let me know.

    To have the most basic feature of that site down to find premium estimates is pretty shabby IT work over there at

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