Only 106,185 Americans selected Obamacare health plans in the first month of open enrollment, with 26,794 making it through the much-troubled Healthcare.gov marketplace, federal officials said Wednesday.
For those Americans whose individual health insurance policies have been cancelled for not meeting Obamacare requirements, the pending (and headline-grabbing) enrollment figures for the first month of healthcare reform matters very little.
Obama’s apology in an NBC News interview Thursday made up the headlines. But the president also said his administration is pushing to close “some of the holes and gaps in the law” (Affordable Care Act) through which many are losing their current policies.
Under key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, about 17 million Americans who are now uninsured, or who buy insurance on their own, will be eligible for premium tax credits in 2014, says a report released today by the Henry J. Kaiser Family foundation.
Healthcare costs that have to be paid by consumers — not covered by insurance — jumped more than 25 percent in the first half of 2013, TransUnion found. And that percentage likely will increase further in the next year.
The Obama administration is adamant that nobody will lose their individual insurance coverage as a result of “cancellation” notices arriving in the mailboxes of millions of Americans. At least 3.5 million Americans have been issued such cancellations, but the precise number is not known.
Can it get more embarrassing for the Obama Administration than this: In the first 24 hours of the glitch-plagued healthcare.gov, only 6 people managed to sign up. That’s right, just six enrollments on Oct. 1.
Some employers are blaming the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for some of the increases coming in 2014. However, many are not clarifying the portion of the hikes that are attributed to health care reform, creating suspicion and confusion among employees.
Sebelius was firmly in the hot seat over the disastrous and embarrassing launch of Healthcare.gov, which has been followed by a steady stream of national media reports about Obamacare-triggered insurance policy cancellations for thousands of Americans.
Obama administration officials say Healthcare.gov — the much-maligned website for enrolling under the overhauled individual-insurance marketplace — should be free of its technical problems by the end of November.