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Charles Gaba, aka Brainwrap, has become the go-to guy for Obamacare enrollment numbers, with wonks hanging on his every word. Don't believe that? Check out the Washington Post's Wonkblog:
Meet Charles Gaba: He’s not a professional statistician, heath-care expert or political operative. He’s a self-described “numbers geek” who just wants to know how the new health-care law is doing.

He’s been tracking the most up-to-date enrollment information and offering his own projections on his blog, ACAsignups.net. On the same day that he predicted the 5 million signups milestone, he accurately predicted that California would hit the 1 million mark. For policy wonks and health-care journalists who have clamored for more information about Obamacare enrollment, Gaba’s blog has become a must-read.

His next big prediction: The final sign-up tally will hit 6.22 million.

That was followed up Thursday with a public radio interview.

As of now, there's no indication that enrollments can't hit his 6.22 million target. Given the pace of enrollments in the first two weeks of the month, the Massachusetts experience with a late surge in last-minute sign-ups, and the all-out push by the White House for the next few weeks, it seems likelier than not.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:44 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Congradulations.............. (24+ / 0-)

    to Mr. Gaba for a job well-done.  I have followed his posts here on KOS faithfully. He has put a lot of heart, time and effort into his tracking/projections.

    I applaud him!

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 02:56:31 PM PDT

  •  Extend the deadline, Mr. President!! (5+ / 0-)

    I still say that the open enrollment deadline should be extended 30-60 days to account for the screwed-up roll out in October.

    Anyone know if that would require legislative action or could the President do it through an EO?

    "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

    by annan on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 03:46:04 PM PDT

  •  Gaba Gaba Do? nt (2+ / 0-)
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    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:31:33 AM PDT

  •  That's a lot of new customers for insurance (3+ / 0-)

    "You're welcome."

    --President Obama

    Imagine a public option or Medicare for Everybody or a single payer system, and how much more just, equitable, fair, inexpensive, and First World civilized it would have been.

    Because that's all we got left for our votes--to imagine the next inevitable step that has been pushed down the road by a Third Way Republican style plan that STILL robs the consumer and spreads the expenses unfairly.

    Ehh...if you couldn't tell, I'm in a LOUSY mood today.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:34:00 AM PDT

    •  Well, this may or may not cheer you up a little. (9+ / 0-)

      The ACA is far more than the exchanges. Millions more have qualified for Medicaid. The ACA funding for new Community Health Centers and upgrades to existing centers is going to provide health care for 20 million people.

      And the list goes on.

      Is the ACA perfect? No. It's obviously not Single Payer. But it does lay the ground work toward Single Payer, something I never thought I'd see in my life time.

      There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

      by Onomastic on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:21:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  BRAVO for Medicaid. (0+ / 0-)

        Medicaid, and the Health Centers, will serve the poorest of the poor, the people who are dying fastest and need care the most.

        I mostly don't care much for Mr. Obama.  Too bought out by the corporations.

        But for Medicaid expansion he has my eternal gratitude.  Too many of my poor friends have died unnecessarily.

    •  It is still hard to fathom by some that people (3+ / 0-)

      want access to healthcare, and they want it now!

      They don't want to wait another 100 years while  politicians and critics tug of war on the most perfect plan imaginable. They had a hundred years to pass their plan, where is it????

      Let Republicans and some on the Left continue to argue that the ACA is anti-freedom or some "Third Way Republican style plan." Sure, but it's helping your neighbor with his cancer.

      Their rhetoric will not, this very moment, help individuals who have not been able to gain access to healthcare because of a pre-existing condition or caps on their care, or because of the inability to afford care.

      No, as imperfect as the ACA is, their rhetoric will not provide the benefits it provides, right here, right now! After almost a century of talk and complaints.

      On the one hand you have people in both political parties condemning the ACA, bringing down it's popularity through polls, running against it in elections, badmouthing it at every opportunity, and on the other hand you have the ACA actually enabling an individual to go to the doctor today and receive that care he or she needs....

      Nothing more to add.....

    •  Things will change when people get tired of giving (1+ / 0-)
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      insurance companies twenty percent of their healthcare dollars for absolutely no value added.

      "I guess you think you can psych me out by saying really random stuff." -Sora, Hollow Bastion, KH2

      by SphericalXS on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 09:23:21 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It is grossly unfair to the ACA to claim that it (1+ / 0-)
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      panders to insurance company profits.  Among the basic 10 requirements, your provider must now spend 80% of your premium on your health care; not always the case for many in the past.

      Other valuable regulatory requirements including -
      1. A new Health Insurance Marketplace with competitive coverage,  plus an attempt at honest information about the coverage you are getting (as opposed to the lies of insurance salesmen),
      2. Coverage of pre-existing conditions (one way insurance companies tried to avoid paying),
      3. No arbitrary rate increases (this will take work as the insurance companies are slippery, but it is a sensible objective),
      4. Now illegal to cancel your health insurance due to your being sick or injured,
      5. Ends the lifetime and yearly limits on coverage that vastly increased the stress of severe illness,
      6. Protects your choice of doctors (insurance companies are slippery on this too, so be careful not to sign with one that does not accept your doctor),
      7. Provides free preventive care,
      8. Children can be covered up to age 26 by parent's insurance,
      9, Gives a place to appeal not controlled by the insurance company.

      •  INSURANCE CO-OPERATIVES are starting. (0+ / 0-)

        In many states people have started non-profit medical insurance co-ops, either consumer or worker run.  They are cheaper, of course, and the Health Care Exchanges allow them to be noticed without expensive advertising.

        This trend is only now beginning, and in the long run will make health care bother cheaper and more effective.

        See:
        http://www.aafp.org/...

        and google:
        health insurance cooperatives in the us

    •  While I too would have preferred single payer as w (1+ / 0-)
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      ell

      Do NOT let the perfect become the enemy of the good.  Millions have insurance that didn't, including some friends of ours -- and they have it at reasonable rates.  That is a victory and our p*ssing in the wind on the Left is harming our own side, let's stop shall we?  Single payer will come (and several MDs join me in saying that)

  •  Happy 4th Birthday ACA (5+ / 0-)

    and way to go Charles!

  •  to be clear (5+ / 0-)
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    He's also said that predicted number will change each day as new numbers come in and that 6.22 million is actually not the likely final number. That number is based on the current rate of signups as of whenever he came up with the number (two days ago I think).

    If the final number is 5.9 million or 6.5 million, it would be inaccurate to suggest that Charles called it wrong, since he isn't actually "predicting" 6.22 million the way that say, Nate Silver says there's a 97% chance someone will be elected.
    Unfortunately, the Wonkblog article did not make that distinction.

    Want a progressive global warming novel, not a right wing rant? Go to www.edwardgtalbot.com and check out New World Orders

    by eparrot on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:40:21 AM PDT

    •  Thanks, but actually, even Nate Silver wouldn't (6+ / 0-)
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      ...have been "wrong" if Romney had won.

      A 97% chance of someone winning means there's a 3% chance that they'll lose.

      Statistics is like that. :)

      •  very good point (0+ / 0-)

        he wouldn't have been wrong. I was simply pointing out - and correct me if I'm wrong - that the 6.22 million # wasn't  giving a percentage chance of being correct, it's merely using the number of days left and a fairly basic estimate of the rate of expected enrollments based on recent trends.

        With all the good work you're doing, just trying to make sure people aren't reading more into the numbers than you're trying to communicate.

        Want a progressive global warming novel, not a right wing rant? Go to www.edwardgtalbot.com and check out New World Orders

        by eparrot on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 09:09:29 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  This sounds right. (2+ / 0-)
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    This is a completely non-statistical opinion, but 6.2M sounds about perfect.  That will let the Democrats brag about insuring 6.2M people, and the Republicans to squawk about Obamacare being a failure because it missed the original forecast by 800,000.  So both sides have a stat to play with in the midterms.  

    Anything between 6.0 and 6.4 would accomplish this.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by Spider Stumbled on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:42:14 AM PDT

  •  Why aren't brainwrap's diaries on the front page? (4+ / 0-)
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    I mean, if we're going to run front-page articles praising his work, why not run his articles?

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:44:13 AM PDT

  •  what was the original goal for enrollment prior to (1+ / 0-)
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    The October clusterf**k? As I recall 6.22 would be only about10% short of the original goal which would be pretty amazing

    •  Not really a goal, just an estimate by the CBO, (8+ / 0-)

      which originally expected 7 million enrollments by March 31 and later reduced the number to 6 million. The CBO also takes a long-term view, as quoted by Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post in early February:

      "Over time, more people are expected to  respond to the new coverage options, so enrollment is projected to increase sharply in 2015 and 2016," CBO analysts wrote. "Starting in 2017, between 24 million and 25 million people are expected to obtain coverage each year through exchanges, and roughly 80 percent of those enrollees are expected to receive subsidies for purchasing that insurance."
      Ms Kliff points out the more important issue of having enough healthy people in the mix:
      Policy-wise, there's not a huge impact of CBO reducing its health law projections. There's nothing magical about getting 7 million people signed up for insurance -- the more crucial task for the exchanges is luring healthy people into insurance coverage, which will help hold down premium costs. Politically, the reduced projection could be more potent -- although how exactly it plays out isn't totally clear....  http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

      The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

      by ybruti on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:07:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  WH had no numbers goal (8+ / 0-)

      CBO guesstimated 7 mm and though the miracle of horse race reporting it became the number.

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:09:38 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Why is there an enrollment deadline? (4+ / 0-)
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    ChuckChuckerson, atana, Satya1, Onomastic

    Seriously, why does there need to be an enrollment deadline anyway? You need insurance, you sign up, that's it.

    There isn't an enrollment deadline to sign up for the gym, or Directv, or a wine club. Why with insurance?

  •  And this despite (4+ / 0-)

    the best efforts of Republicans to shame, frighten, and otherwise deter people from enrolling.  HA!

  •  To be clear: this is just exchange sign-ups (6+ / 0-)

    ...and doesn't include the other millions signed up for Medicaid, SCHIP, or under-26ers staying on their parents insurance while in school.

  •  Way to go, Brainwrap. What a guy. (5+ / 0-)

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:50:54 AM PDT

  •  Way to go, Dude. (4+ / 0-)

    I mean, way to go, Mr. Brainwrap Gaba, dude!

  •  How Many Signing Up From (0+ / 0-)

    the critical age 26-40 demographic?

    "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

    by Superpole on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:54:07 AM PDT

    •  the actual 'critical group' is "healthy" (9+ / 0-)

      at any age. Not just my opinion, the opinion of the experts.

      But because preexisting conditions do not apply, you don't have to say when you sign up. Therefore, we do not know.

      Enough have signed up to make the system viable while the kinks get worked out. That much is already known.

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:13:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  You Don't Have to Give Your (0+ / 0-)

        age when you sign up?

        The system is viable with current enrollee trend for how long?

        Their consensus is summed up by the title of a recent Urban Institute report: "The Affordable Care Act Can Survive Low Enrollment and Adverse Selection in the First Year." According to authors Linda Blumberg and John Holahan, even if insurers don't get the mix of enrollees that they were expecting, they probably can't hike prices drastically.
        http://www.californiahealthline.org/...

        "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

        by Superpole on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 05:14:52 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  you can't extrapolate current enrollment (1+ / 0-)
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          For end March, let alone next year.

          ACA isn't going anywhere as more people sign up, and reinsurance/risk corridors etc stabilize market for 3 years or so.

          "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

          by Greg Dworkin on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 08:05:07 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  If those 22 states (0+ / 0-)

            that will not expand Medicaid would do so, there would be more people signing up for the ACA! Why don't these states expand Medicaid?  Well, for starters the governors do not want to give any credit to President Obama. They will do anything to make him look bad, even if what they are doing harms their own citizens. How's that for patriotism and looking out for those who may have put you in office?

    •  Covered California reported this in February: (1+ / 0-)
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      Enrollment of young adults 18 to 34 years old is trending slightly upward, at 26 percent of the consumers who have selected a Covered California health insurance plan. This age group represents about 25 percent of the state’s population but approximately 36 percent of those who are eligible for subsidies. http://news.coveredca.com/...

      The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

      by ybruti on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:51:41 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks Joan (3+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:03:52 AM PDT

  •  what happens after March 31st? (2+ / 0-)
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    can someone explain what happens if you have not signed up by the 31st? is there a subsequent enrollment period?  

    Trust-Fund Kids of America Unite... save the Bush tax cuts!

    by JCPOK on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:06:21 AM PDT

    •  yes, in Nov for 2015 (3+ / 0-)
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      Brainwrap, TKO333, kfunk937
      The period of time during which individuals who are eligible to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan can enroll in a plan in the Marketplace. For coverage starting in 2014, the Open Enrollment Period is October 1, 2013–March 31, 2014. For coverage starting in 2015, the Open Enrollment Period is November 15, 2014–February 15, 2015. Individuals may also qualify for Special Enrollment Periods outside of Open Enrollment if they experience certain events. (See Special Enrollment Period and Qualifying Life Event)

      You can apply for Medicaid or CHIP, at any time of the year.

      https://www.healthcare.gov/...

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:15:06 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The next open enrollment (3+ / 0-)
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      For coverage starting in 2015, the Open Enrollment Period is November 15, 2014–February 15, 2015.
      https://www.healthcare.gov/...
      But be sure to check if you have any of the special situations that let you sign up without open enrollment.

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:23:49 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Get hit with a mandate fee/tax/penalty? (0+ / 0-)

      Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

      by The Dead Man on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:54:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Make it 6.3 million 90% of HHS goal sounds better (2+ / 0-)
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    We can blame the gap on Rick Perry and other GOP govs.

  •  brainwrap, I wanna bear your children! (3+ / 0-)
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    duhban, FlamingoGrrl, kfunk937

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:24:44 AM PDT

  •  The importance of Brainwrap's work cannot (2+ / 0-)
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    be overstated.

    It has been crucial in breaking through MSM's addiction to the drama of negative spin and inspiring to those of us who value facts and hope for others.

    There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    by Onomastic on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:52:52 AM PDT

  •  Well, don't the koch brothers make diapers?? (0+ / 0-)

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    "It's said that the honest man has nothing to hide. Not true. The honest man has to hide himself, because honest men are the prime targets of those who lie."

    by roseeriter on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 08:58:10 AM PDT

  •  I Hope..... (0+ / 0-)

    that one day I'll be able to get my wife and kids insured.

    As it stands right now, we are left out of the plan as far as the "affordable" section goes.

    Here's how my experience has gone.  The sticking point is that my employer pays 100% for my individual coverage.

    If I stay on the employer's plan, I don't have to pay out anything.  My wife and 2 kids however, would only receive a $122 credit for getting insurance (without me).   The CHEAPEST bronze plan is $450 WITH the credit.  So that would mean an ADDITIONAL expense of $450 when we barely survive pay check to pay check. So that option is a no go, completely unaffordable.

    If I leave my employer's plan, we get about a $460 credit.  However, adding me to an insurance plan raises the cost of course, so I would still have to shell out approximately $500 / mo to have insurance for all 4 of us.  Again, completely unaffordable and another non-starter.

    My employer offered me $200 / mo to help pay for insurance, but again, if we went that route with the cheapest bronze 60/40 plan, I'd still have to shell out an extra $300 on an already strained budget.  Again... A non-starter..

    All we can hope for, that I can see right now, is that she can find a job that will offer her insurance that she can put the kids on.  Her current employer Travel Centers of America limit all their employees hours to 29 providing the excuse... of course...  "obamacare!"

    So here I sit, very glad that so many others are finally getting insurance they can afford, but wallowing in sadness that I can't even cover my own family, but I get very good coverage from work :-/.  

    (ps.  adding the wife and kids to the office plan would run me $1,500 per month...that would be well over 1/2 of my income.)

    "To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain." - Louis L'Amour

    by Drokkenian on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 09:34:02 AM PDT

    •  Response to your dilemma......... (0+ / 0-)

      I'm 70, and have never heard of an employer plan which covers "100%".  Never.  Of course you're grumbling about the changes affecting the rest of your family, but are you even aware that $300-$500 a month is a very low premium cost these days?  I consider that "bargain basement" cost. I suppose it's analogous to young adults who've forgone having insurance complaining that their costs will go up "100%".  What this means is that they're going from ZERO to, on average, $50 to $100 a month.  I know many families who'd give anything to pay as little as 300-500 a month for 4 people, sir.

      •  I understand (0+ / 0-)

        where you're coming from, and I do understand that $300 to $500 is a low premium.  Especially when adding my wife and 2 kids to my office's insurance would cost me $1,500.00 per month out of pocket.

        When I was signing the paperwork for the new insurance plan at work.  The Insurance Agents were discussing how families in my situation were kind of "left out" of getting some kind of benefit from the ACA.

        If I had been paying out of pocket for my insurance premiums (say the $496/mo the office fully pays for me), then Yes, switching to a plan on the exchange would be affordable as I would have been able to get a middle of the road silver plan.  

        The problem is, in my case, the employer does pay 100% of the premium.  So any insurance purchase is a very large expenditure that I cannot currently afford.

        For example, once we have the car paid off ($350/mo) and reduce the car insurance from full coverage to liability) then I may only have to pay out an extra $50 to $100, which is theoretically achievable.  

        As it stands right now, I have nothing budget wise I can cut off  or reduce.  I haven't had a raise in 10+ years, our hours have been cut down  to 35 per week and they do not pay overtime.  

        It takes every dime I have to pay the mortgage, bills and keep our heads above water.

        My wife's income covers (barely) the groceries and gas for the cars (I drive 100 miles a day at minimum).   The only jobs locally she has been able to find all keep hours under 29 so they don't have to provide insurance and of course they blame the ACA as to why they can't give her more hours.  Even the local factories have been starting to do this (not that she is physically capable of such work unfortunately).

        The other weird aspect we are seeing is that we seem to fall into the group that makes too much money to be put on  medicare, but do not make enough to actually buy insurance, so we may not have to worry about the tax.

        It's just frustrating being in "limbo" so-to-speak... barely make enough to keep what we've gotten after the whole 2007 housing debacle (which we did lose a home to) but just barely not enough to make sure we're all covered.

        I've been looking so deeply at all my available options the past 6 months, it's given me a blindness that makes me wonder if I'm missing something obvious that could change things....

        I guess that's why I've posted this... maybe some fresh eyes could help me see something I'm missing...

        Again, I have been a supporter of the ACA since it started, I also believe it's not perfect, but it is definitely a start in the right direction.

        I am very happy there are millions more being able to get insurance now.  I am just sad as I was excited and hopeful that I'd finally be able to get them covered and all I've run into are financial road blocks... the same road blocks as before, just smaller in size thanks to the ACA.

        I know eventually we'll work the kinks out.  I have faith in that... and if we can hang on for another 6 months, the car will be paid off and I can turn that money towards getting their insurance... but until then...

        I feel like failure.

        "To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain." - Louis L'Amour

        by Drokkenian on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:25:19 AM PDT

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  •  Total now over 5.3 million. 80,000 a day added (0+ / 0-)

    would make 6.2 million. Btw, the Philadelphia Inquirer (increasingly right wing) is trying its best to hurt ACA. Today's headline:
    New health-care glitch turns up

    The story itself could be viewed as borderline news, not attacking ACA as such, but for 1) the timing---last week of enrollment and 2) the glee with which Don Sapatkin chats up the report and seems to hint at a desperate attempt to find SOMETHING to be negative about the ACA:

    The error, which The Inquirer discovered while running scores of income scenarios through Healthcare.gov, again raises questions about the site's accuracy that made daily headlines in early winter and that have cost President Obama considerable polititcal capital.
       It also highlights what some public policy experts say is a troubling lack of transparency in the marketplace's eligibility determinations.
  •  So basically we're on track (0+ / 0-)

    to come close to original projected enrollments. Republicans must be seething. They're starting to make up new lies, like "your premiums are going to go way up next year." The " beauty": can't be disproved at the moment.

  •  Dayum! (0+ / 0-)

    And to think, we read it here first.

    Way to go Brainwrap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a neverending parade of stupid. - Motormouth Maybelle, Hairspray 2007 -

    by FlamingoGrrl on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 10:54:21 AM PDT

  •  It won't reach the numbers they had wished (1+ / 0-)
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    But this is good for a start.  The program wanted to appeal to the young, who typically remain uninsured until something serious happens.  Unfortunately, in the case of many of these, this results in either bankruptcy or death, the two most serious effects in this country of lack of insurance.  And, it must be noted, two serious effects that DO NOT occur in countries with single-payer.  In 2008, the number for deaths from treatable causes among people without insurance was 45,000 annually.  Today, it is 72,000.  The numbers for bankruptcies is still well over 1/2 million.  Negative press by the media AND highly charged and negative ads by those opposed to the ACA are largely responsible for the low number of signups.  The best way to improve the numbers, reasonable, is to extend the signup period for six more months - the mandate for small businesses and corporations was extended, so why not?

  •  ACA Enrollment (0+ / 0-)

    Just imagine if the red states hadn't rejected expanding Medicaid??? I've read that 9 million will be going without health coverage in states where the income threshold is averaging $3500 a year.  The initial target goal of ACA was predicated upon all but 5-6 states expanding Medicaid; in the end 26 states refused to do so.

  •  Where would it be (0+ / 0-)

    if the teatards were not  constantly bad mouthing the ACA.  Then you add the Crotch brothers.  If they were working FOR the American people instead of constantly trying to destroy president Obama, there would be 16.5 million people enrolled.

  •  Glad to see Brainwrap get some respek (0+ / 0-)

    I've been quoting his numbers now for months as positive proof there is increasing acceptance.

    And I just learned my brother and sis-in-law is southern MI signed up.  He's a guy who was basically an untouchable due to a pre-existing, and was dropped last year.

    We got news....income redistribution already happened.

    by tinfoilhat on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 10:21:30 PM PDT

  •  MASSIVE VOTER REVOLT (0+ / 0-)

    Imagine after 6+ million people get enrolled, the GOP succeeds in repealing Obamacare.....can you imagine the revolt that would take place? Imagine taking health care away from everyone, kicking the 18-26 year olds off policy, re-establishing caps and pre-existing conditions, etc....? I think we would finally have the Revolution I have advocated for many years......I don't think Republicans could legislate a doghouse after that....

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