The Obama administration announced today that the enrollment for insurance under his new health care reform law hit 106,185 in October, according to Reuters. The administration admitted that the numbers would be low because of the endless list of troubles the website had after it’s initial roll-out October 1st.
The numbers include 26,794 people who were able to log on and sign up for private health insurance plans through the bug-riddled, sketchy federal “marketplace” that serves 36 states. Included also, are 396,261 people who were determined to be eligible for the government’s Medicaid program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (C.H.I.P.) for the underprivileged, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Even though initial numbers were admittedly low due to technical issues with HealthCare.gov, the figures still stress how far the administration has to go in order for the Affordable Care Act to be financially viable.
They had better get those numbers up, because Republicans are on the hunt for Obamacare alternatives that can be heralded in the elections. In his speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual fall banquet on Saturday the 9th, Mike Lee had some ideas to think about before the next election season, such as “market-based alternatives” that could replace Obamacare should the Republicans hope to have success at the polls in 2014.
Technical issues haven’t been the only thing plaguing Obamacare. Just last week, President Obama was forced to apologize to the many Americans who began receiving cancellation notices from their insurance companies, after having promised, during the nauseating amount of stumping he did for his Affordable Care Act, that if you like your insurance, you would be able to keep it.
He admitted that he failed to do enough to ensure that the law did not allow cancellation of insurance policies that citizens like because they don’t meet his requirements. “But obviously, we didn’t do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law,” Obama said. “And, you know, that’s something that I regret. That’s something that we’re going to do everything we can to get fixed.”
Time will tell.
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