Thursday, January 23, 2014

Today’s Number

6.3 million. That’s how many people have enrolled in Obamacare since October 1.

That figures includes people who are newly eligible for Medicaid because their state expanded the program under the health care reform law, people who were already eligible but not enrolled and, in some states, people who were renewing their eligibility.

Thirteen states included renewals in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report, though their exact number out of the 6.3 million could not be determined.

States that expanded Medicaid saw a boom in enrollments in December, corresponding with a similar surge in private coverage enrollees through the insurance marketplaces. Medicaid enrollments were up 73 percent in those states last month compared to the pre-Obamacare monthly average. In states that didn’t expand Medicaid, enrollment was up 3 percent in December.

But John Boehner and Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell said that the American people don’t want it and wouldn’t enroll in it.  And they are always right about everything.  Just ask them; they’ll tell you.