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One more Republican talking point against Obamacare—sure 8 million signed up, but only two-thirds of them paid up—bites the dust. It looks like most of those people who signed up for health insurance in the first three months of the year—both on and off of the health exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act—are actually, officially enrolled. They've paid their first premiums. That's according to new data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation using filings from insurance companies with insurance regulators.

This information isn't complete, but still shows that insurance coverage was 29 percent higher at the end of March than at the end of December.

Bar chart showing percent change in heath insurance enrollment by period, with a 29 percent increase from December to March.
What this new information shows is that, for individual market insurers with available data, the number of people with coverage in effect at the end of March was about 29 percent higher than at the end of December. (As there was a slight dip in December, comparing March enrollment to the end of September would yield a net increase of 26 percent). Roughly one fourth of this growth was from new plans, including new insurers and CO-OP plans as well as insurers that had previously operated in other markets or states. Overall, this suggests that the individual insurance market grew substantially during the first part of 2014, although many questions remain and we will need to wait for the next round of filings to get a more complete picture of overall enrollment, including capturing the late March enrollment surge.
This information is incomplete because several large insurers haven't yet filed because they either have different filing requirements or deadlines. The numbers also don't include the latest enrollees, including those in some states which extended the deadline for enrollment into April. The data only shows those whose coverage began by March 31, so doesn't include people who signed up after mid-February. Bottom line, there was a "net increase of roughly 3 to 3.5 million people for a total of about 15 million people in the individual market with coverage in effect by March, 2014."

Because of the huge surge in enrollments at the last minute, the Kaiser analysts say that new enrollments for 2014 "could conceivably double" by the time all the new enrollment data, both on and off the exchanges, is tallied up. All of which means Republicans are going to have an even harder time coming up with any kind of coherent response to Obamacare by November.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 08:39 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (40+ / 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 Jun 03, 2014 at 08:39:10 AM PDT

  •  You write consistantly good informative posts (5+ / 0-)

    about subjects that affect my life.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 08:47:34 AM PDT

  •  You are confusing the individual market with th... (0+ / 0-)

    You are confusing the individual market with the total market

  •  Considering that something like (1+ / 0-)
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    Kane in CA

    250 million people * had * health insurance -  a 25% increase on that would bump the number up to 312.5 million or so.

    IOW, only 4 or 5 million left to go - yay!!

  •  Sure we see Obamacare doing good things, but is (1+ / 1-)
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    this what Obama truly intended? I'm thinking this success is really just another "Obama fail".

  •  This is a good thing? (0+ / 0-)

    This is confusing health insurance with health care. This is a bad thing.
    Personally, I am benefiting from expanded Medicaid. That is a good thing.

  •  Cons do exist in the moment and do not plan (1+ / 0-)
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    ahead. This would put them at a disadvantage except for the fact that liberals always give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they know what they are talking about.

    by hannah on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 09:11:44 AM PDT

    •  Your comment... (0+ / 0-)

      ....makes absolutely no sense. Did you even think your response out thoroughly before replying?

      I'm a liberal. A true liberal. I am non-partisan and want to throw all the bums out and start fresh. Why? Because I follow Ben Franklin and John Adams and the founders of this country. I study Constitutional law and hope to hold the government accountable for overreaching and violations of civil rights.

      What do you do?

      Oh and I'm the liberal that posted below you. The liberal that used actual evidence instead of talking out of her butt.

      Too bad you can't say the same....

  •  That's huge. (0+ / 0-)

    I love it.  And much BETTER health insurance, too -- preventive care covered,  no dumping for pre-existing conditions, mandatory payout rates on the company take, etc. etc. etc.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 03:36:50 PM PDT

  •  Many thanks to this President and the Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    who voted for the ACA. It is helping so many who never had health insurance before or those who could not longer afford insurance and so many more.  

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    by wishingwell on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 03:38:20 PM PDT

  •  Isn't it obvious to all of you (1+ / 0-)
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    that Obama has only worked to get all these people health insurance as a way of distracting us from Benghazi?

    Hey GOP! You'll get my Obamacare when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. And thanks to Obamacare, that just may be awhile.

    by jazzmaniac on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 03:42:10 PM PDT

  •  So Obama does a few good things (0+ / 0-)

    ...and suddenly all of the bad stuff goes out the window? Like any president, he's got a mixture, but seriously, hailing him as this persona of justice ..... Have you people been paying attention over the past five years???

    Civil liberties I no longer have as an American citizen (the people I voted for --and check my records, please-- did NOT vote for this legislation, which is why I voted for those politicians...):

    1) H.R. 347 (112): Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 [1], colorfully called the 'anti-Occupy'/'anti-protesting legislation', signed Jan 01, 2012 (so nearly two years ago) which states that people cannot "disrupt the orderly conduct of Government" by protesting in any place where Secret Service might be. This has been expanded to include banks, ask the Occupy Homes protestors in any state they have assembled [2], and has also been used to circumvent/supersede the 1st Amendment peaceable assembly for a number of similar protests, targeting Occupy protesters in particular [3].

    2) Then there's the NDAA, or section 412 of the USA PATRIOT (which Obama re-authorized and allowed to be even more restrictive): the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
    Section B: defines “covered persons” (those who can be detained by the military) as “a person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners”.

    Section C allows the president to authorize the military to to detain them “without trial until the end of the hostilities”. This, by the way, does not say "except for US citizens, who are guaranteed the constitutional rights of due process under the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, or 14th Amendments. And if you think it does, read Section 1022. We'll be covering CISPA, because this is going to be a long series of posts, and how metadata isn't what your parents had for metadata in a moment.

    This year's NDAA was all sorts of buggered up, and lest we forget that the Patriot Act was not only reauthorized, but put on steroids under Obama. Even Dubya didn't have the brass set to allow "Constitution Free Zones", or zones within 100mi of any US border where your Constitutional rights are revoked.

    The ACLU says:
    Even journalist Chris Hedges says that he is personally threatened by the NDAA because of his occupational hazard of being an unbiased journalist, which prompted him to file this lawsuit:
    (then again, under Obama's watch, accuracy in journalism has dropped the US to #46 globally ).

    And according to Obama himself, he was originally going to veto the NDAA's indefinite dentition relating to Americans. But like many campaign promises, his words differ greatly from his deeds:
    And since you also like quoting Salon (as a group), here's what they say:

    Obama’s Civil Liberty Record:
    The ACLU report card:

    This is a pro-Christian and decidedly biased source, however the facts they offer about Obama's administration are actually from documented sources and factual. I find this page helpful in base research for class presentations and essays--particularly in my Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties class and look forward to using it in my police Ethics class.

    (I don't think they've updated to show that Obama wanted to push a war with Syria, despite the UN's initial report saying that rebels -not the government, as was stated in the debunked French report- used sarin gas. That Obama was going to go ahead despite public outcry.

    You know the rebels, those folks that got US weapons and aid despite having terrorist ties to Al Qaeda....) , who cites in their 20 Examples of the Obama Admin Assault on Domestic Civil Liberties, a reference to the Washington Post's project "Top Secret America", a series of articles about how cloak and dagger our 'peace loving' administration has become can be found here:

    3) The real criminals in this country are protected by a president who lied during electoral and reelection campaigns because our President knew that promising to legally pursue Wall Street and 'too big to fail banks' would get the votes.

    In fact, Eric Holder and top DOJ officials have ties to corporate America...

    4) In fact, some of those evil and criminal companies might end up running the FDA--oh wait, Monsanto did.
    (I know, I know, it's InfoWars, but it's more of a filler that this is commonly known knowledge.)

    5) How about Tom Wheeler, who really needs to be fired? He's the douche monkey Chair'ing the FCC if you didn't know. The guy who doesn't care that monopolies are illegal. The guy who doesn't care that you and I and everyone using the 'net (including third-party content providers) pay for speed packages as part of our ISP contracts. The guy who's working for his former corporate lobby clients in big wireless/telecom instead of working for the American people.....

    So if Obama is anything, he's decidedly pro-corporate.

    TPP anyone????


    Please note that I have not the time to fully address the illegal and unconstitutional NSA spying, or drone use, or the Occupy Homes movement and how banks are getting away with denying the use of legal tender (BoA refuses cash payments), etc etc etc.

    Oh yeah, he's a freggin hero. Granted he's better than Romney, but politics should not be about the lesser of the two evils.

    Just fucking saying folks....

    •  For a self-proclaimed student of the Constitution (0+ / 0-)

      you show remarkably little awareness of history. No President since Washington has been better than the lesser of two evils, not even Abraham Lincoln, who was still seriously racist when he was elected. He wanted to free the slaves and send them all back to Africa because he didn't consider them fit for citizenship in the US.

      Frederick Douglass had his work cut out for him, changing Lincoln's mind on this.

      Also, nice Diary hijack.

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

      by Mokurai on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 04:48:38 PM PDT

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    •  and what have you done in your whole life (2+ / 0-)
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      that even remotely comes close to the good that Obama did by pushing through the ACA?

      the President of the United States can't solve every fucking problem in our society, but he did make a huge fucking difference in one of the biggest problems, so, yeah, he's a goddamn hero.

      you know, not a single thing you mentioned actually affects your life.  not a single thing.  you are just saying shit about shit.

      but the ACA does affect your life.

      you're like a conservative in kentucky who hates that socialist black man in the white house even as they visit the doctor thanks to the ACA

      you are so distracted by horseshit that you don't appreciate real good done on your behalf

    •  So, you hate seeing Obama acknowledged for giving (1+ / 0-)
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      millions of people access to healthcare and therefore saving or extending the lives millions, so you brought an itemize list around mostly civil liberty issues in order to throw some rhetorical cold water on the acknowledgement of the President's accomplishment.

      Civil liberty issues have been a topic of concern long before Barack Obama took office and I trust they will be here long after he has left office. The President is tasked to protect the nation after individuals blew up a portion of downtown Manhattan in 2001 and he is now faced with balancing civil liberty concerns with efforts to keep a nation safe.

      I doubt any president faced with serving in a time of war would do a better job in terms of finding the right balance. I challenge you to tell me which President did a better job on some of these issues than Barack Obama.

      FDR rounded up Japanese Americans and imprisoned them for fear that they might turn on their nation and attack it, can you even imagine such a thing? Civil liberty concerns?

      And in terms of Obama being responsible for the deaths of innocents, which is a constant cry of you individuals, do you want to guess how many hundreds of thousands if not millions of innocents were killed during World War II under FDR?

      LBJ extended the Vietnam War and also presided over the deaths of hundreds of thousands of individuals. Still FDR and LBJ are viewed as heroes for the other great things they accomplished.

      This President has placed two women on the Supreme Court, allowed women to gain access to contraceptive care, helped to eradicate DADT, extended the Pell Grant program for millions to gain access to a college education,  address the discrepancy in jail sentencing based on race, pull the country back from the brink of a second Great Depression, passed Wall Street Reform, which Elizabeth Warren has described as the "strongest "in three generations", saved the car industry and increased fuel efficiency standards in cars, still I suppose you would like to leave the impression that he has only passed a healthcare law that will saved millions of lives, and for which he shouldn't be acknowledged.

      Doing all these things mind you despite having his presidency obstructed and sabotaged by a protesting Right-wing congress. Obstruction in proportions that no other president has had to face since the birth of this nation.... NONE.

      No, you can't dampen this President's accomplishments, even with your list of what you wanted the President to do but he hasn't done. This President has done well for this nation and for Progressives which is born out by his re-election by a sizable number of Progressive Democrats.

    •  stop the NSA (0+ / 0-)

      is a good motto, but it is also just one piece of a complicated system that pre-existed Obama and will exist when he leaves office.

      He is responsible for not voting against FISA and not vetoing the Patriot Act. He is responsible for his drone policy.

      Other things he didn't fix because he chose to spend his political capital on the ACA.   All Presidents choose priorities.  Compared to Bush, and the wannabes we had to choose from, he is a very good choice.

      No President would do all of what you want.   All of the American people, even some of the ones that aren't bat shit crazy, wouldn't agree with you or your priorities.

      On average, he's not a bad President, he's still working, and for him, lame duck status allows him to push issues he couldn't push in his first term.   We're better off on health insurance, many environmental issues, a large number of social issues from school lunches to veteran's care (despite the late scandal) because he changes lots of administrative rules to get around Congress.  I would like more, but given the political environment, and oh, yeah, I noticed he is black, racist reactions of a significant portion of the Republican party, he's done a lot of good.  He's done plenty of bad.    But when we look back to sum up his Presidency,  ending massive involvement in Iraq, staying out of John McCain's new war a week mentality, health insurance reform, administrative changes at EPA, Veteran's Affairs, and dozens of other small behind the scence improvements will mean he left us better off than he found us.

      I can't say that for most of the Presidents elected in my lifetime, and that covers nine different Presidents.

  •  This is the transcendent gift that will keep on (0+ / 0-)

    giving till Obama leaves, and long after. And his stature on this and his open acknowledgment of climate change and his wish to do something about it will follow him for many years.
    And yes, it will outlive many of his mistakes.

    "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 Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 03:47:32 PM PDT

  •  "25% more have health insurance." (1+ / 0-)
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    The news is stated so casually. Yet it is simply huge.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 03:52:35 PM PDT

  •  That chart is ambiguous... (2+ / 0-)
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    Kane in CA, Jon Says

    Is that 25% more people have insurance, or 25% more enrolled in insurance this quarter than last?  Joan seems to be interpreting it as the former, but I believe it's the latter, since 80+% of people have insurance in the first place, so a 25% increase would give us over 100% insurance coverage.

    Issue is "enrollment" is ambiguous - it can mean either the act of enrolling, or being enrolled.

  •  Diary needs a new title (2+ / 0-)
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    just want to comment, Jon Says

    There's nothing in the data that shows that "at least 25% more people have health insurance now" than at any time since the ACA was signed into law.  

  •  It's the law guys (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd be flabergasted if the number of people getting health care didn't go up since, um, it's against the law not to have it in most cases.  I mean......

    It's a good thing and it's going to mean many folks that couldn't afford health care now get it through provisions in the ACA.  Yes, it's going to cost more for health insurance for those that can actually afford to purchase it without subsidies or getting it free of charge but I think that's by design.  

    I just hope we can keep up with the number of doctors we're going to need in the very near future with all the new health insurance holders now.  

  •  Helpful primer for GOP: THIS IS A GOOD THING eom (0+ / 0-)
  •  In a normal political environment, the GOP (1+ / 0-)
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    Would be trumpeting this news to the rooftops, because it's basically their plan, and it's working in the "free market" way they like.  But because their entire strategy has to be hating on anything that Obama likes, they're stuck stumbling around trying to discredit it while still promising their constituents they can keep the good parts.

    The "nothing but hate" policy they're stuck on has them ignoring military commanders on the ground about climate change, creating a scandal over bringing home our last POW, fighting against clean drinking water, and railing against VA funding shortages that they created.

    It must be very confusing to keep up.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 04:48:02 PM PDT

  •  Does this mean it's too late... (0+ / 0-) Kill the Bill?

    The superfluous goods of the rich are necessary to the poor, and when you possess the superfluous you possess what is not yours." St. Augustine

    by Davis X Machina on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 04:48:19 PM PDT

  •  Please Help!! (0+ / 0-)

    Please help us and tell Governor (of Alabama) Bentley to expand Medicaid.  Here’s his contact number 334-242-7100 or fax 334-353-0004.

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