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Obama celebrates 7.1 million health care sign-ups


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  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 3, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    Dr. Thom - Your math is off. The 5 million people who had their insurance modified to make it conform to ObamaCare standards are not included in the 7.1 million total.

  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    April 3, 2014 5:14 a.m.

    Its good news for the President (who apparently cant count) when you consider that 5 million lost their healthcare when the ACA went into effect, so 7 million minus 5 million is, well 2 million. Also the ACA plan I have is catastrophic (too expensive to use and everything is out of pocket until I hit the $6,000 deductible) and cost taxpayers $856 per month since my income adjustment pays the monthly premiums for me.

    So hey American taxpayers, thanks for playing (paying)

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    April 2, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    ACA supporters just allowed the Rich (Democratic and Republican members) to throw a bone at the poor so they can add to their wealth! Sad indeed! Now the poor can "get" health care that rivals what amounts to a check up, authorized by a bureaucrat, amended by a secretary, reviewed by a committee before going to a doctor that was certified in Havanna. Of course, I didn't mention he will need to come back in 90 days, all the while the wealthy "do-gooder" Democrats and patronizing Republicans can talk about how they have reached consensus, while not even talking about the implosion of a debt ridden society! Wow, now that is real progress! Come on American Citizens, you can actually practice charity without exposing your hypocrisy through the ACA.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 2, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    Obama celebration means another tax paid vacation.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    April 2, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    Senator tom Coburn makes a point that only the left could twist into a positive. “You had six million who lost their insurance, how many net new people got covered? How many who lost their insurance don’t have insurance today?” Coburn asked. “And is it affordable? … The ones that lost their insurance now have [Obamacare], and we don’t know what that number is. I guarantee you three-quarters of them are paying a significantly higher cost, have a higher co-pay and a higher deductible.”

    Coburn also sounded the alarm on the law’s reported failure to cover cancer centers.

    “Nineteen of the cancer centers in this country, only five are covered under Obamacare,” he said in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

    “You know, it’s a market, and what they’ve done is they’ve priced it where these cancer centers, a lot of them, aren’t going to participate because they don’t get paid to cover the costs,” he said.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 2, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    "The Real Winners?" Well, Stop the Nonsense, "The Real Winners," are the American people.

    There are MORE insurance companies now, directly as a result of the ACA.

    More insurance companies = More competition

    More competition = Lower rates, higher quality services, and more choices

    Lower prices, higher quality, and more choices = A Big WIN for Americans

    And it all comes from our government offering good governance by promoting FREE ENTERPRISE in a way that promotes the general Welfare, and secures the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

    See how that works?

    Thank goodness for the foresight, the wisdom, the patriotism, and the can-do spirit of Obama and the Democrats.

    When you compare those Democratic virtues to the Republicans worship of a stagnant status quo and entrenched money, you've got to wonder . . . WHY would anyone EVER vote Republican?

    It's no wonder that every face on Mount Rushmore belongs to a President who was a LIBERAL in his day.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    April 2, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    I still don't get it. If there were 30 to 40 some million uninsured who were the target of this plan, then why is 7 million supposed to be such a victory? Talk about low rememberance voters. And of course those "sign ups" will not be worth much if they don't pay, or continue to pay every month the premiums. And since young peoople are the crux of this, these sign ups had better be them, not seniors. So far, we really have nothing here to shout about. And we have many folks who have either lost their original plan or are now paying more for less coverage and different doctors. Plus, if ACA really continues and becomes a permanent law of the land, as opposed to a "make up rules as we go", then many in the medical community will not practice anymore, not take ACA as payment, and many who would otherwise become doctors will opt out and go into an different profession. Not much up side to this

  • David Centerville, UT
    April 1, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    Gary O

    Let's not sound like children on a playground chanting "You lied!" "You lied first!". Let's just hold our leaders accountable.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2014 10:38 p.m.

    Laughter is the best medicine. Thank you Obi-Jon.

    I hope that the ACA has good eye care coverage. A lot of people will need new prescriptions for their rose colored glasses.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2014 10:30 p.m.

    The ACA is a gift to insurance companies. There will be fewer people going to see health practitioners for things other than the most serious conditions. Most of these policies have a $6,000 deductible. Though people will be paying for insurance policies, most of their health care expenses will be paid out of their own pocket. Having health insurance does not equate to health care.

    I can't believe how corrupt our government has become.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    April 1, 2014 10:21 p.m.

    Smoke in mirrors.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2014 10:18 p.m.

    "Now tell me one lie that the right wingers have said about Obama? ONE?"
    That Obama is not an American.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 1, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    Just wait until the suckers who bought Obamacare policies find out that they cannot use the doctors and hospitals they want to use, and that they will face long waiting lines due to the declining number of doctors who will accept Medicaid, Medicare, or Obamacare patients.

    To the gullible "low information voters" the (erroneous) assumption that "free health care" will make life better for them was certainly helpful winning votes to re-elect Obama, but he cannot keep fooling all the people all the time.

    Besides, Obama's record of grand pronouncements are almost always followed very quickly by actions that prove that he was either misinformed or deliberately misleading people when he spoke. "If you like your doctor..." is just one of a great many examples.

    We are worse off today than when Obamacare was passed, and in another year will be much worse off, besides being deeper and deeper in unsustainable debt.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    Gary O

    1. You can keep your plan!

    2. Not even a smidgen!

    3. It was a video!

    Now tell me one lie that the right wingers have said about Obama? ONE?

    Still waiting?

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    April 1, 2014 9:24 p.m.

    Everyone has already had health care coverage via Medicaid, Medicare, free emergency room service, welfare, etc. Now, we have just created more bureaucratic red tape and panels to decide if the average law aiding citizen can now be told that he/she will have to wait on that cancer diagnosis from a government official before he/she can move forward with getting help. Socialized medicine, a dream come true for those who resent life and want to make it as miserable as possible for those who do! Misery loves company as they say! Here is just one more proof that it is true!

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    April 1, 2014 8:49 p.m.

    The real winners: all the shareholders of the (very lucrative) insurance companies. I wish I was selling a product that everybody was forced by law to buy...

    How do people NOT see that it is because of health insurance that everything is MORE expensive? It adds overhead costs, it prevents people from knowing how much procedures will cost until AFTER they have been done, and it encourages people to get as many procedures done as their health insurance will cover (even though it means that everyone's premiums go up the next year in anticipation of additional reckless spending).

    Ben Carson's idea to distribute Medicaid money directly into HSA's and let people pay out-of-pocket for healthcare would do wonders for our current system.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2014 8:44 p.m.

    Fitting that Obama chose April Fools Day to make he his tragic speech touting his signature law that he has lied about for four years and had to rewrite dozens of times because they had to pass it before they could read it. Feel sorry for those who have to defend this guy.....November, we can put him out of our misery!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 1, 2014 8:16 p.m.

    Quite the photo isn't it. Warms the heart to see Joe and Barack telling it like it is. I have one phrase "if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance ...period". So much for creditbility. Open the flood gates of propoganda for the waiting throngs of the cluess and ignorant. What a country.

    April 1, 2014 8:16 p.m.

    Unfortunately, no matter how many people sign up for Obamacare, it will still fail. Every single citizen could be signed up and it will fail. Because doctors won't be able to afford to accept patients under the reduced payment plans. Then doctors will be made out to be evil and uncaring for not wanting to be paid. Then doctors will be made to be government employees. Then the quality of health care will plummet.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 1, 2014 7:45 p.m.

    David - "We've already been lied to."

    Yes, and nobody lies more than the Right Wing liars who make up huge lies about Obama's supposed lies.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 1, 2014 7:27 p.m.

    Hey One Vote – “Rush and Sean Hannity failed again.” That depends on how you look at it. Their main goal was to earn millions for themselves by rousing Right Wing rabble. They did that. They are doing that. And they will continue to do that.

    For exploiters like Limbaugh, Hannity, and others, America’s pain is their gain. They’re having a ball, and they’ll still make millions off of foolish Right Wingers, while they promote the goals of would-be plutocrats, like the Koch brothers, by encouraging people to sacrifice like peons so the wealthiest get richer at the expense of everyone else.

    ‘As messy as it's been sometimes, as contentious as it's been sometimes, it's progress,’ Obama said.”

    Yep. But progress is what Right Wingers absolutely despise, because progress takes power from plutocrats and redistributes it to benefit America. To brainwashed poor and middle class Right Wingers, this tremendously beneficial law is an affront that must be eliminated.

    A large segment of American society will not be happy until all hope of securing the Blessings of Liberty to themselves and their Posterity is completely destroyed.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    April 1, 2014 6:59 p.m.

    Nice move by the way DN burying this monumental story in the back of the paper.

    Hate to tell you but Obama has beaten you all again.

    And Chancey just what do you have against 7 million people either getting health care for the first time or getting affordable insurance that actually has coverage they can use and count on? Explain to those people why America is the "last" civilized country to provide a system where all of it's citizens can participate in the health care system on an equal footing and you oppose it.

    April 1, 2014 6:37 p.m.

    Today is a fitting day for the POTUS and VPOTUS to stand before the American people and make this announcement. April 1st is such a versatile traditional holiday.

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    April 1, 2014 6:25 p.m.

    We are a uniquely undeserving people in America. We have had more prosperity for more people than the world has ever known, yet still manage to maintain the capacity to be unhappy about our fellow citizens gaining access to our health care system. Congratulations, right-wingers. You still have the losing argument but have succeeded at making this victory somewhat bitter.

  • Chancey Sandy, UT
    April 1, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    It seems interesting to me that as millions of recalls are issued by GM, that we are celebrating the ACA's signing up of only 2% of our population under threat of law today. The government involvement in the restructuring of General Motors has given us a terrible result. The government involvement in our health care can only do the same. The future will tell, but I believe will simply mirror the past record of the government providing things that take longer, require more paper work, cost more and satisfy less.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    April 1, 2014 5:19 p.m.

    Brio, "Hitting the 7 million mark for enrollees means very little. Especially considering there are over 300 million people still not using the system. That means only 2% of the country will initially be participating."

    What in the world does that mean? I presume you think everyone in the country should be using the federal and state exchanges. That's not even close to the truth. Probably well over 85% of the country will continue with their employer provided health care and will have no need for the exchanges.

    Also according to a first analysis of these numbers the mix is doing fine. Plenty of healthy people to offset the sick. BTW they don't have to be young just healthy, and the group who was only buying catastrophic insurance previous to the law will probably fill the bill as their policies change.

  • Obi-Jon Kenobi Layton, UT
    April 1, 2014 5:10 p.m.

    "The bottom line is this: Under this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up, and the growth of health care costs is down. And that's good for our middle class, and that's good for our fiscal future," the president said.

    . . . April Fool's?

  • derecha Central, UT
    April 1, 2014 5:06 p.m.

    How many of those 7 million are actual, previously uninsured people and how many have actually paid? I want to see the real numbers, because it seems quite conspicuous to me that they even got close to 7 million, which was their stated goal to achieve economic viability of the program, when at the end of the year they weren't remotely close.

  • David Centerville, UT
    April 1, 2014 5:06 p.m.

    I am curious to know who presented the 7.1 million enrollment numbers? Obama? Sebelius?

    We all want our country to be successful, prosperous, with happy people. We all want progress, cooperation, problem solving, and a strong nation. So if Obamacare is successful, if it really will provide health insurance to more Americans while lowering the cost of health care (including insurance premiums) then I will support it.

    But, I do not trust this administration. I would like an independent audit of those numbers. How many enrollees are actually paying? How many are receiving a subsidy, and if so, how much? How much did the government pay for Obamacare (all costs)? And is that investment worth what we are getting, and will it be worth it 5 years from now?

    How much have premiums really gone up?

    How much has health care really gone up or down since implementing Obamacare?

    Until we have an independent analysis, most Americans don't and won't trust this administration and Obama. We've already been lied to.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 1, 2014 5:04 p.m.

    Don't know how this event is not getting more coverage today given the press (mostly negative in the DN) its been receiving for months. Given the current, partisan, political state of our country passing and implementing this law has been an incredible feat by the administration. After 50 votes to overturn the law and imposing a 28 billion dollar goverment shut down on our country, the question we should ask of our GOP leaders today is, "how would you like your crow served"?

  • Church member North Salt Lake, UT
    April 1, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    Is there anything that this president could do to make the right happy? Sometimes I don't think there is.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    Rush and Sean Hannity failed again. Although he did educate a lot of people by ranting against this for four years continuously.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    April 1, 2014 3:51 p.m.

    Hitting the 7 million mark for enrollees means very little. Especially considering there are over 300 million people still not using the system. That means only 2% of the country will initially be participating.

    And if the balance isn't right within that 7 million, that is, if there aren't enough young, healthy enrollees to compensate for the older, less healthy people who use insurance a lot, then the federal government will have to dramatically subsidize Obamacare. That alone would be reason enough to want to repeal it.

    Other reasons are yet to be more widely discovered. Like how much more it will cost people who previously had health insurance. It will actually double in cost for many. And how frustrating the huge deductibles will be, making this primarily catastrophic health insurance. And many people will soon discover their preferred doctors won't be available to them... a major frustration.

    There's a valid reason Obama postponed the deadline for most people to sign up until after the next election. He knows it won't be popular and will cost the democrats politically. Big time. However, this program is his bread and butter... his signature "achievement".

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 1, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    I think this is a great moment for those who desperately need coverage and could never get it without the ACA. The enrollment has exceeded expectations which is miraculous considering the rocky start and all the naysayers.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    Barack said several times if someone wanted to keep their plan they could keep it.

    Just another failed promise from barack.

    Hard to believe anything this guy says anymore.

    Some example he is of a "leader" for our country