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By the end of February, 3 million people had gotten Medicaid since Obamacare sign-ups started—and that's probably lowballing it:
In 46 states reporting both pre- and post-Obamacare data, enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP before October grew from about 58 million to 61 million, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"It is important to note that enrollment numbers reported today are underestimates of what the actual enrollment in February will ultimately be," a CMS fact sheet noted. That sheet noted that not all states have reported enrollment data, and "the data are preliminary and do not include most individuals who will later be found eligible for Medicaid effective in February."

Of course, the number would be much, much higher if some Republican-controlled states hadn't refused Medicaid expansion, denying 5.7 million people Medicaid eligibility and subsidies for private insurance.

The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, but damn, it means health coverage for a lot of Americans who had been uninsured, or paying more than they could afford for insurance that wouldn't have been there when they really needed it.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 09:21 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives and Daily Kos.

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  •  G.O.P. = G.O.deathPanels (7+ / 0-)
    Of course, the number would be much, much higher if some Republican-controlled states hadn't refused Medicaid expansion, denying 5.7 million people Medicaid eligibility and subsidies for private insurance.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 09:23:46 AM PDT

    •  correct (0+ / 0-)

      "Of course, the number would be much, much higher if some Republican-controlled states hadn't refused Medicaid expansion, denying 5.7 million people Medicaid eligibility and subsidies for private insurance".

      and the  demos dont know how to make hay out of that reality of repubs not carrying for the sick.

      the repubs are so much smarter than the demos but their lack of empathy for others is seen by developed nations as unbelievable.

      give the repubs credit they now own the supreme court. and the house due to making sure they redistrict. smart move on their part.

      now make voting hard.

      the white males (Old ones) of America are in fear of losing their control. exceptions of course.

      •  Please sober up................. (0+ / 0-)

        And believe U me, Democrats know how to flay these GOPer-holes come Election Day.

        We do not need "help" from corporate media. We learned to make do six years ago.

        "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

        by waterstreet2013 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 10:21:47 AM PDT

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  •  We have moved on considerably from there (3+ / 0-)
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    ferg, Hohenzollern, waterstreet2013

    The Medicaid and CHIP spreadsheet at ACA Signups/ACA Medicaid/CHIP Spreadsheet shows a total of 10,496,688 signed up in Medicaid expansion + woodworkers (previously qualified but newly enrolled) + CHIP. Of that, 4,747,954 is strictly from Medicaid expansion, less than half what it should be. A detailed breakdown by state is provided.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 09:47:56 AM PDT

  •  Republished to Obamacare Saves Lives eom (3+ / 0-)
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    Fury, a2nite, waterstreet2013

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 09:49:25 AM PDT

  •  Good news (1+ / 0-)
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    vigilant meerkat

    Unfortunately, I read reports of more and more Drs not accepting more Medicaid patients. Seems the payments often don't cover the costs.

    I for one think Drs should have their rates set for them. Cannot charge more than $x for y procedure.

    You best believe it does

    by HangsLeft on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 09:58:41 AM PDT

    •  You are correct (0+ / 0-)

      Dr's dropping medicaid has been going on for a long time now.  When we had medicaid previously I had to take the kids 20 miles out of town to go to a dentist who still took it. We just qualified again with the expansion (of course turns out we qualified long before that...I just didn't know it). It's a blessing to have it again for my kids. We got our medicaid cards last week...now I have to wait for our cards for the company I chose to handle medicaid insurance (United Health).  Dr.s who take ChampVA (which I get) are getting harder to find too.

  •  One question (3+ / 0-)
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    Fury, Rikon Snow, ferg

    Has anyone seen any estimates as to how many more people would be covered if we had the public option?

    •  All of them? (Nt) (2+ / 0-)
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      OregonWetDog, ZenTrainer

      Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

      by Rikon Snow on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 10:12:23 AM PDT

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    •  the public option was mostly cheaper (0+ / 0-)

      because it could save about 10% from the insurance company's profit and overhead.

      I don't think the CBO predicted that many more people would be covered, but people would be paying less for insurance on the exchange, even if they selected private insurance, because the competition would drive down prices.

      •  It's a shame though (0+ / 0-)

        that there are people out there who did see a spike in their insurance. I know a few of them...single people...whose insurance went up and don't qualify for subsidies. So we do still have people falling through the cracks for affordable health coverage.

  •  I guess I took most folks exactly seriously (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    enough when they claimed they wanted to "pass and fix".

    I do admit to having underestimated at least three people, out of hundreds.

  •  Maybe the longer-term strategy (5+ / 0-)

    should be just steady expansion of Medicare into more and more of the population. Single payer, after all, is just medicare for everyone. Stick with ACA for now, but keep trying to identify specific pools that insurance companies aren't will about covering and cover them with Medicare. The reality is that we aren't negotiating with Republicans so much as the insurance industry.

    Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

    by Anne Elk on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 10:09:28 AM PDT

    •  do you mean medicaid? (0+ / 0-)

      That seems easier to expand to me, because Medicare is all tied up with senior political issues and can be demagogued.

      For example, letting everyone buy into medicaid, which should be less expensive than private insurance.

      Of course, if we can pass Medicare expansion or at the same time, that would be awesome too.

  •  Yet all I heard on NPR this morning was (2+ / 0-)
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    Fury, OregonWetDog

    How no one was paying and 5 millio were forced into Obamacare because they lost their insurance and only 5 % of the uninsured were now covered . . . Assertion is now equivalent to fact apparently.

    Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

    by Rikon Snow on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 10:11:26 AM PDT

  •  One of those 3 million is my sister in law, who (6+ / 0-)

    lost her son to suicide last year, and whose husband lost his job (and health insurance) due to the grief and depression that have taken over their lives.  At the same time, my Sis-in-law, working for Trader Joes, was informed that their policy had changed and qualifying for health insurance requires 30+ hours, which is impossible for her now as well.  What kind of person would deny these people access to health care?  This couple did all the right things their whole lives, worked for a living and paid their taxes but now they are having hard times.  Which can happen to any of us at any time.  I just do not get these "family values" types who, as the President said, work so hard to deny health care to people in need.  

    •  A pathological lack of empathy. (1+ / 0-)
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      Fury

      I call it "sociophobia" because it is rooted in the fear of other people, an terror  of a community that includes anyone different or strange.

      Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

      by Rikon Snow on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 10:23:59 AM PDT

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    •  Answer: GOPer sociopaths. (4+ / 0-)

      Question: "What kind of person would deny these people access to health care?"

      And the Koch krud whining about "collectivists" in it's WSJ editorial. That one lives in a bubble.

      Crazy. Not technically "insane," just crazy.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 10:28:19 AM PDT

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    •  About Trader Joes (2+ / 0-)
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      Fury, ferg
      my Sis-in-law, working for Trader Joes, was informed that their policy had changed and qualifying for health insurance requires 30+ hours, which is impossible for her now as well.  What kind of person would deny these people access to health care?
      When Trader Joes made this policy changed, they announced that they had determined that their part time employees would get better coverage for cheaper through the exchanges than they could by maintaining the group plan that they had previously had access to.  In order to allow those part time employees to be eligible for subsidies on the exchanges, Trader Joes had to change things so that these employees were not eligible through work.

      While it is possible that all of that was a smoke screen and an excuse to dump employees off the group plan and save money, it's also possible that it is exactly what Trader Joes claims.

      So for those who suggest it is a lack of empathy or some sort of GOP thing, it may not be so in this particular instance.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 11:54:55 AM PDT

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  •  ACA (5+ / 0-)
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    denig, ferg, zizi, bythesea, Tangerinegirl20

    Wonderful, exciting, and I finally have affordable healthcare after paying 526.00 a month in 1997 at which point I had to drop my healthcare coverage. I haven't, until the 31st of March, had healthcare and now I am paying 92.49 with Delta Dental included. Thank you President Obama and yes....we do have your back!

  •  The ACA also means that over a hundred million (6+ / 0-)

    Americans no longer have substandard health care plans that can kick them off health care when they need it the most, when they get sick.  It means millions of Ameicans, like my niece, with a pre-existing condition can get health care.  It means that millions of seniors are seeing the donut hole shrink, and eventually disappear.

    It will see the end of doctors spending countless hours haggling with insurance companies about whether the care determined to be necessary by the doctor can be administered.

    It means millions of men and women will get screenings for important health issues like breast and prostate cancer can get screened, and the procedures are 100 per cent paid by the insurer, again, with no fight between doctor and insurer.

    Billions of insurer over charges have already been returned to insurance ratepayers.

    Small business owners are, or will soon be eligible for medical care tax credits under the ACA.

    Over 200 million Americans have already benefitted by the ACA or as the Republicans are backing off from saying, ObamaCares.

    It is very likely that 75 to 100 million Americans who identify themselves as Republicans or Tea Party members have already benefitted by the ACA or ObamaCares.

    The Republicans are scared to death that enough voters will find that out before November of this year.  Maybe 75 million Republican voters will find out that their legislators and governors are trying to take an economic benefit away from them, and their families, and have been actively been engaged in this for nearly four years.

    If the ACA works as intended, our bankruptcy courts will see one third less business because the cause of one third of American bankruptcies, health care financial disasters, will no longer be possible, due to ObamaCares.

    The Republicans should be scared.  Four years to try to screw the very voters that have kept them in office.  It's our job to let these voters know just how much the Republican Party and the Koch Brothers are out to screw them.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 10:21:49 AM PDT

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