More good news on the Affordable Care Act

Despite all the snafus and glitches, the Affordable Care Act is now, thankfully, taking full effect. As the folks at Think Progress report this morning:

“On Wednesday, nearly four years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the major provisions of the health law that serve to expand coverage to millions of Americans officially took effect. Insurers are no longer allowed to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, or charge sick Americans higher prices than their healthier counterparts. And now, the Americans who have enrolled in new plans under Obamacare — either by picking a private plan on the state-level marketplaces, or by qualifying for Medicaid in the states that agreed to expand the program — may start using that coverage.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, about six million people signed up for Obamacare’s coverage expansion so far. It’s not yet clear exactly how many of those people gained new insurance on January 1; some of them may not have paid their first premium yet, and ongoing technical problems with the state marketplaces may delay some people’s coverage from kicking in immediately.

Regardless of the official enrollment numbers, however, New Years Eve marked an important milestone for the health insurance industry. “It’s the last day a cancer patient can be told by their insurance company that cancer treatments aren’t covered and it’s the last day people can face limits on their coverage in the future,” White House adviser Phil Schiliro told MSNBC on Tuesday. “That’s just enormous.”

And some of people who woke up to new health insurance options on Wednesday aren’t wasting any time using their new plans….

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11 Comments

  1. Alan

    January 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Oh, I so LUV Obamacare…if it’s driving the neo-fascists of the GOP crazy, then it MUST be a good thing.

  2. Skeptic

    January 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Agreed, Alan, but the humanitarian benefits are even betteer.

  3. GOP Rules

    January 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I guess you can be thankful…it is the progressive dream to destroy the healthcare system so that the government can take it over. Looks like it is succeding as more people are cancelled than can actaully access the plans..among other wonderful stories linked below about how hospitals are having cash flow problems and cannot meet payroll.

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/01/its-official-obamacare-debuts-with-more-cancelled-plans-than-enrollments/

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamacare-contractor-blamed-slow-medicare-payments-hospitals_773207.html

    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/01/01/insurance-customers-still-having-problems-with-mnsure/

  4. Alan

    January 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Ha!

    “progressive dream to destroy the healthcare system so that the government can take it over”. I guess all those nasty pinko-commie/socialist/fascist for-profit insurance companies must be part of this huge liberul conspiracy to take it over then?

    I’ll give you a B- for effort, and an F for content.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    January 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Looks like bad news all around. GOP gets an A++. He must not have gone to government schools!

  6. Skeptic

    January 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Yeah, the Daily Caller and the Weekly Standard are objective sources. Keep on enjoying yourself, I am sure manipulation feels great. By the way, I read in the Weekly World News that Ke$ha forecast the apocalypse.

    Alan–You definitely went to gub’munt schools. It’s spelled “librul.”

  7. Alan

    January 3, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Skeptic,

    Agreed, I did. I obviously wasn’t smart enough to go to Liburty Yoonivursity or Oraly Roberts…

    You left out two vital sources for GOP talking points, World Net Daily (heck, almost on a par with The Economist), and Conservapedia.

  8. GOP Rules

    January 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    More “good news”.

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/01/03/doctors-office-spends-2-hours-on-hold-with-health-insurer-for-patients-surgery-authorization/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2532869/They-no-idea-insurance-active-not-At-Virginia-hospitals-Obamacare-confusion-reigns-frustrated-patients-walk-out.html

    And we all cannot go to Burkly or Haaavad Yooniversty like you Alan/ML/Skeptic. Not everyone is progressoed or librel enough to get in.

    And it is good to see the Marxists on this site holding true to form in attacking the messenger rather than the message (as if any source cited here by official bloggers or paid PW interns has any true credibility..LOL). Just read this to see how you are keeping with the time honored playbook: (HT Civitas)

    “Marxism criticizes the achievements of all those who think otherwise by representing them as venal servants of the bourgeoisie. Marx and Engels never tried to refute their opponents with argument. They insulted, ridiculed, derided, slandered, and traduced, them, and in the use of these methods their followers are no less expert. Their polemic is directed never against the argument of the opponent, but always against his person.”

    – Ludwig von Mises, Socialism, pg. 19, first edition published in 1922

  9. Alan

    January 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    And Papa Smurfs gold star of the week goes to GOP Rules (LSD will be disappointed he didn’t get it from Fart Pope this week, better luck next week LSD).

    GOP Rules, we’re not attacking the messenger, we’re just laughing at the messenger.

  10. LayintheSmakDown

    January 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Dangit…..Editorallan’s fools gold goes to GOP! He does have a great point though..and it is the two of us who are laughing. I will leave him a note for when he gets back to his cube so he can come laugh at you too!

  11. Alan

    January 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Oh look,I got the last comment in! Gold star to me.