The Real Facts on Obamacare

obamacare_400_360_3601.1 million people signed up for health insurance through Obamacare’s federal insurance marketplace in 2013. Nevertheless, that 1.1 million figure is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the Affordable Care Act has already accomplished. The total number of people is at over 10 million and could be 14 million people who are currently getting coverage under the law.

How many people are currently covered through the law? You have the 1.1 million who have gotten care through the federal website. Include the number of enrollees who have gotten coverage through state-run exchanges that and that number tops 2.1 million. Add the 3.9 million people who have gotten health coverage under Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. And don’t forget about the young adults under 26 who are still covered by their parents’ health insurance plans thanks to the Affordable Care Act… that estimated figure had reached 7.8 million. Total those numbers and you get a minimum of 9 million Americans covered through Obamacare and a maximum of nearly 14 million.

This explains the eerie silence from the anti-Obamacare wing-nuts. The Affordable Care Act is “no longer just a piece of paper that you can repeal and it goes away… We have to deal with the millions of people that are currently covered under Obamacare.”

Obamacare critics will point out that the context of 50 million uninsured it’s only a start – but it is a start. The Obamacare horror stories [lies] and website disaster’s effects are still being felt and the law’s well-publicized stumbles have certainly taken their toll in polls.

It is also very clear that the GOP seems to be building its 2014 strategy around Obamacare’s [GOP created] flaws. They will continue to demonize the idea that insurance for everyone is a bad idea but risk the chance that growing success of Obamacare will leave them with no recourse but a failed strategy as elections draw near. It is a big gamble and one that seems to have big flaws and miscalculations.

Here’s a fundamental flaw in this GOP calculation: Obamacare’s not the cutting issue they seem to think it is. Health care is not a wedge issue. The right’s problem is that it fixates on approval-disapproval numbers without evaluating what the numbers mean.

Another factor will affect the Affordable Care Act in 2014. The health insurance industry is going to go all-in on the law. Health insurers are fighting for these millions of new customers. The Wall Street Journal suggested that insurers will spend $500 million on local TV ads in 2014.

This ad campaigns is a major shift in strategy for health insurers, most of whom have never really had to market directly to consumers aggressively until now. A full fledge “capitalism based” fight for customers could help the law reach the 7 million mark – bringing the total number of people insured under it to nearly 20 million.

Is the GOP really going to spend the fall and all of 2014 campaigning to take health care away from nearly 20 million people?

2 Responses to “The Real Facts on Obamacare”

  1. Unicoi County Democratic Party » Blog Archive » Sign Up for Affordable Health Care: Over Ten Million Americans Insured Says:

    […] Under the Affordable Care Act, ten million Americans have received healthcare insurance- see more. Open enrollment continues and you can still select affordable health care insurance for yourself […]

  2. Admin Says:

    The number is actually higher if you count everyone who has benefited under the ACA.

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