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More than 1.5 million applied for health care

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 7:41 PM
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:20 AM
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Despite a month of massive computer glitches and widespread frustration, more than 1.5 million people have been able to complete an application through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, including more than 56,000 from Georgia, according to data released Wednesday.

More than 100,000 have selected a plan, including nearly 1,400 from the Peach State, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

After weeks of trying to fix the very troubled Healthcare.gov Web site that people in 36 states, including Georgia, were trying to use to find out if they are eligible for subsidies and then enroll, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the site is “open for business” even as more fixes are being made daily and weekly.

“Every day people are getting enrolled,” she said Wednesday.

Based on enrollment data that began with much consternation on Oct. 1 and running through Nov. 2, 846,184 applications representing 1,509,883 people were completed and 106,185 have actually selected a plan. Of those applying, a little over 1 million were determined to be eligible to enroll in the marketplaces and nearly 400,000 were eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Of those eligible to enroll in the marketplace, about a third or 326,130 will be eligible for a subsidy to defray premium costs.

The “vast majority” of those who have applied and not yet selected a plan are taking some time to weigh options, said Chiquita Brooks-Lasure, deputy center and policy director at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In Georgia, 56,783 have completed an application and 1,390 have selected a plan. Of those applying in Georgia, 41,426 were eligible to enroll in the Marketplace and 12,757 would receive subsidies to do so, while 7,709 were determined to be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

Officials said based on experiences in Massachusetts, which passed a similar plan in 2006, and on experiences in commercial insurance open enrollment, the majority of people will wait until the deadline to begin the actual enrollment process. The deadline to get coverage that would then kick in on Jan 1 is Dec. 15.

The total numbers for the first month show that people were much more successful enrolling and picking a plan in the 15 state-run Web sites than Healthcare.gov: of the 106,185 who have picked a plan, only 26,794 did so through Healthcare.gov while 79,391 did it through a state-run marketplace.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/13/13 - 09:58 pm
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Hahahahahahahahaha....

Pathetic figures, misleading headline and story. 106,000 people? Gimme a break!

Georgialina
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Georgialina 11/13/13 - 10:36 pm
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Way to skew the numbers!

How do you say 1.5 million have completed enrollment and then say 106,000 have selected a plan. Any person with an ounce of intelligence would know the process is not actually complete without choosing a plan. Otherwise it is just giving away more of your personal info. You are not covered so the enrollment is not complete.
Just another way for the liars in Washington to spin the information to the low informed voters.

fedex227
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fedex227 11/13/13 - 11:19 pm
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Pathetic?
Unpublished

Want to know how many people in Massachusetts enrolled in the state exchanges during the first month of its rollout? Close to a hundred. A state which now boasts 98 percent coverage for its citizens and an almost equal percentage satisfied with their healthcare policies. A state which has cut state liability for health coverage to the uninsured by more than two-thirds.

The fact that tens of thousands of uninsured Georgians looking for affordable medical insurance are met with roadblocks thrown at them by their own state leaders (for purely political reasons) is what is truly pathetic. Come on, stand tall Georgia.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/14/13 - 08:24 am
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How many already insured
Unpublished

How many already insured people in Mass were promised they could keep their insurance only to have it canceled? How many had their hours cut in because of the law? Do you have those numbers?Apples and oranges.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/14/13 - 09:13 am
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Remembering a few Statements & Promises

Instead of typing a 1000 words of all the false promises that have been made, let me summarize this in a short statement.

"The US Government Accounting Office officially reports, that between 98 to 105 Million people will lose their current insurance, so that 15 million who were not insured can be now insured."

This is what happens with Government goes from regulating to Controlling an industry.

Like I said before, but using various other words....
This is a roller coaster to hell for the Socialist Democrats at the 2014-2016 polls. They have gotten on the ride, a ride they cannot get off of now because it would be admitting the biggest mistake in US Politics over the last 100 years due to the parties political ideology.

Remember NOT all Democrats are Socialists.
But, it is time for the real Democrats that are FOR America to standup and retake control of their Political Party. To bring it back from Left Field and closer to the middle as a political party. A party working for America and not trying to "Fundamentally Change its Political and Economic Systems"
like some old college student trying to relive the 1960's."

Wake up, THIS IS NOT the 60's.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 11/14/13 - 09:12 am
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@Fedex227.... Good point.

@Fedex227....
Good point. The same expert responsible for The Mass rollout said that by comparisons the ACA has exceeded Romneycare in raw numbers for sign-up over the same period of time. Just think what the numbers would be had all the "red state" governors setup their own exchange and done what was good for their constituents and not what was politically expedient for themselves.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 11/14/13 - 09:29 am
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After "fighting" with the

After "fighting" with the state of Georgia during the recent open enrollment period, I am sympathetic toward those people who received cancellation letters from insurance companies that knew full well they were selling products after the law's passage.

In Georgia there was a whole group that could not sign up but not one suggested that Gov. Deal throw out SHBP, or heaven forbid, shutdown the whole state government.

Some of the people that have been trotted out by the Hannity's (under false pretense once fact checks were done), deserve to keep just what they have!

It is interesting that there is not equal concern for the millions who never had ANY insurance before the ACA.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/14/13 - 09:45 am
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SIMPLE FACT

Assuming the given the cited numbers are factual, and that is a lot to assuming considering the historical trustworthiness of this Administration to date.

EVEN, IF THE WEBSITE IS WORKING BY 12-01-13 AS PROMISED
There is NO way HHS/WH/OC can meet the required goal of signing up the original 15 million uninsured that started whole this mess originally, in just 15 days.

12-15-13 is/was the Official Enrollment period Cutoff.

Think about this, given all the issues and problems, that is about 1+/- million a day for just the original 15 million, the number they, themselves kept citing as uninsured and would be covered by 12-15-13!

But don't forget to add an additional 9 to 11 million NOW Uninsured.
Serious don't forget the additional MILLIONS that lost their coverage due to the Obamacare roll out requirements.

So in reality there are now 24 Million +/-.
How does that many people signup using a hap-hazard, semi-working website by 12-15-13 the WH Admins own Official Deadline?

Unless the WH Admin:

1. Lies about numbers,
2. Stages a Wag the Dog event, like a Hacker attack that kills the system,
3. Extends the deadline to allow the 24+/- Million uninsured time,
4. Has another deflecting Major earth shattering event, to take our eyes off the Obamacare Problem like that has happen with 7 to 9 other constitutional issues or scandals in the last 4 years

5. OR, All of the above.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/14/13 - 09:53 am
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Because of the 47 million

Because of the 47 million that aren't insured most either have medicare , working people who can't afford private insurance by choice, those who are young and don't want insurance ,so realistically only 10-15 million don't have insurance. However they still get great free health care at emergency rooms but they don't get preventive care. But preventive care is a choice few Americans take advantage even with insurance. So we boot 15 million off their insurance to insure 15 million-seems we are going nowhere.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/14/13 - 09:57 am
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NocNoc, past practice...I'd

NocNoc, past practice...I'd say number 5.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/14/13 - 10:01 am
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The biggest lie is the

The biggest lie is the insurance would be more affordable, but with all the new mandates and pre-existing conditions there is no way that costs could do anything but go up. So subsidies will offset this is the argument, but that's not true either-only a fraction dependent on income. And who pays for the subsidies but all taxpayers with all the new taxes that have been imposed.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/14/13 - 10:03 am
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Funny watching all the Dems

Funny watching all the Dems abandon the Obamaship trying to save their butts. Now Obama will unilaterally change the law again? The SCOTUS NEEDS TO SET THIS PRESIDENT STRAIGHT ON HIS AUTHORITY. HE DOESN'T MAKE LAWS-ONLY EXECUTES THEM. This law needs an "execution".

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/14/13 - 10:04 am
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Get real the poor will still

Get real the poor will still abuse the emergency rooms nor will they take advantage of preventive care. It isn't access it is behavioral.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/14/13 - 10:38 am
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Heated meeting at WHouse

Yep...I bet it was heated....I would be steamed too.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/14/13 - 11:09 am
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Remember Obama lamenting

Remember Obama lamenting "it's the law-I was voted in again and the SCOTUS has validated it. But now we see he is likely going to offer an "executive fix" and change his law-again. Mark this day, because if this is a big fix then this marks the beginning of his dictatorship. Because what will stop him from unilaterally changing all laws and then also only execute those he unilaterally approves. The SCOTUS has to step in and stop the madness!!!!!!!! Since the Dems in Congress approve of their young Hugo.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/14/13 - 11:22 am
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Wow, Maybe Obama will

Wow, Maybe Obama will announce the govt is taking over health care and he is implementing a single payer system-period.

allhans
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allhans 11/14/13 - 11:24 am
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The number enrolled will

The number enrolled will decrease when the enrollee finds that they must pay the premium to selected insurance company by Dec 15th for coverage to begin Jan 1.

allhans
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allhans 11/14/13 - 11:28 am
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Bizkit..The we will all stand

Bizkit..The we will all stand in a long waiting line with the exception of politicians and the very rich.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/14/13 - 03:14 pm
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The LAW OF THE LAND

Today the Law of the Land was Officially change to the Law By Presidential Degree.

Can any one argue the US Constitution has not been violated and the
President has in fact violated his Oath of Office

QUOTING
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:— “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_office_of_the_President_of_the_Unit...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/14/13 - 06:15 pm
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Selection

Okay, so 100,000 have selected a plan. Now, since Obama is going to pressure the insurance companies to re-instate the people who have been cancelled; the insurance companies must raise the premiums on the new ACA-compliant policies.

So those 100,000 people, when they get the premium bill, will have to pay a higher premium than they first agreed to on the internet.

allhans
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allhans 11/14/13 - 06:33 pm
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What Obama accomplished today

What Obama accomplished today was to pass the blame (again) on to insurance carriers. He remarked that now the insurance companies and not the health plan would be responsible.
Such a pathetic speech.

KSL
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KSL 11/14/13 - 08:50 pm
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Yeah

Like the insurance companies cam't charge enough to stay in business, that being the goal.

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