November 21st, 2013
10:04 AM ET

Governors of Three States say Obamacare is a Success

Obamacare might be off to a slow start but it's starting to pick up steam, at least in states that are not using the beleaguered HealthCare.gov website.

For the past month, CNN has conducted a state-by-state survey to determine enrollment in the new insurance plans. As of Tuesday afternoon, at least 133,257 people had chosen new insurance plans in the 14 states with their own signup apparatuses. Nearly half of them were enrolled in the past two weeks.

One of the biggest jumps is in California. Through November 2, 35,364 Californians had selected private plans through the new insurance marketplace. Less than two weeks later, the number was up to 59,000. The state with the second-highest enrollment is New York, where at least 24,509 have selected a plan. The next highest enrollments are in Washington state, Kentucky and Connecticut.

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  1. asokasus

    We ain't seen nothing yet. Just wait until 50 million "Progressives" lose their insurance come October 2014, and then find out their new KommieKare plan costs twice as much, has triple the out-of-pocket, and their doctor/hospital network looks like a Medicaid plan.

    Tens of thousand, hey? Well, let's look at the REAL numbers, not the phony propaganda ones:

    Kentucky (as of Nov 1)

    In Kentucky, the marketplace has received 25,654 Medicaid enrollments, about four times the 5,891 private insurance enrollments submitted.

    (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/31/in-first-month-the-vast-majority-of-obamacare-sign-ups-are-in-medicaid/)

    Conneticut (as of 11/17/13)

    Connecticut enrolled fewer 4,418 in total.

    (http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/11/17/obamacare-enrollment-5-states-with-the-most-impres.aspx)

    Washington state:

    The Spokane news rag reported on KommieKare signups this weekend (Spokesman-Review, Saturday, 16Nov13, page A1, A4)

    About 500,000 unique visits to the website (about the population of the Spokane metropolitan area)

    About 51,000 signed up for Medicaid ( ~10%)

    About 21,000 completed the application, no payment submitted (~4%)

    About 4,800 signed up and qualified for a subsidy from the taxpayers (~1%)

    About 1,500 signed up and did not qualify/did not seek a subsidy from the taxpayers (~0.33%)

    These are hardly successful numbers unless you count Medicaid signups as successful, but then again, Medicaid could have been expanded WITHOUT destroying the rest of the health care and insurance system.

    As far as PRIVATE signups, we see just a few thousand (not tens of thousands), which hardly compensates for the hundreds of thousands in these states that have had their non-compliant policies cancelled, leaving them and their families with NO health care come 1/1/2014.

    November 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Reply

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