@owillis: why you shouldnt compare obamacare to katrina or iraq, in one chart. cc: all pundits
Fantastic post (again) by Sally Kohn on the Fox site… cracks me up how heads explode over there under anything she writes
Sally Kohn (Fox): I was an ObamaCare guinea pig
I signed up. I saved. And so will millions of Americans.
…. I logged onto the New York State health insurance exchange website. Yeah, I had a few false starts – the website was down a lot early on either because of service glitches or overwhelming traffic … But finally, I was able to log-in and complete my registration and check out all my options for insurance.
There were literally 50 plans that were better than my current insurance …Within a week, I had settled on a “gold” plan offered by Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield … This option will cost my family $931 per month — $408 per year less than my previous crappy plan and a $5,000 savings in deductibles. A big win for me and my family financially and in terms of what’s covered.
Plus in the past, I spent several days looking for and comparing insurance options. Under ObamaCare, even with the slow and sticky website, I spent a total of four hours — to save over $5,400. That kind of return on investment would make Warren Buffett drool.
….. Ideologues may not like ObamaCare, but my wallet and my family’s health sure do.
Full post here
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 22, 2013
Consumer Reports: Obamacare opponents have misrepresented Consumer Reports’ position – HealthCare.gov problems do not negate benefits of new health law
Pundits opposed to the new health care law and some media outlets have tried to suggest that our coverage of the troubled HealthCare.gov site means that Consumer Reports has turned against the Affordable Care Act.
Not true. Consistent with our mission to inform and protect consumers, particularly in this complicated health care market, our advice remains the same: The best place to buy coverage on your own is through the Health Insurance Marketplace in your state. That guarantees you will get comprehensive coverage, and it’s the only way you can lower the cost of your premiums and possibly even your deductibles and copayments.
ThinkProgress: Confronted With Example Of Obamacare Success, GOP Rep Freaks Out
A CNN host confronted a Republican congresswoman on Tuesday for dismissing some of the successes uninsured people have has in signing up for Obamacare, accusing the GOP lawmaker of rooting for the law’s failure.
The heated exchange came in response to comments made by Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY), who told CNN that his state-operated exchange, Kynect, is working well in Kentucky. “We’re signing up people at roughly a thousand a day. It’s a great rate and a great success so far,” he told on CNN’s “New Day,” describing the market as “a gold standard because it’s working.”
@igorvolsky: Amazing ad in Colorado encouraging people to enroll in Obamacare
WDAY: Thousands gather to learn about health care reform
Hundreds and, in some cases, thousands have been showing up to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s free forums to learn about healthcare reform.
Monday, people gathered at the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo.
Two sessions gave people the chance to learn if they’re eligible for the insurance plans and if so, what types of plans are available.
More here – video at link
ThinkProgress: No, Obamacare Isn’t Creating A Part-Time Economy
Politicians and media figures opposed to Obamacare regularly insist that the health law is creating a part-time economy. But independent analyses and monthly employment data reveal that claim to be false.
The monthly jobs report that was released on Tuesday found that the U.S. economy had added 148,000 jobs in September and that the national unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent. And as University of Michigan economics professor Justin Wolfers pointed out on Twitter, the report also found that the economy has been adding full time employment while actually shedding part-time jobs.
In fact, full time employment rose by over 1.6 million between September 2012 and September 2013. The number of people saying they worked a part-time job for economic reasons — such as part-time work being the only kind available — fell by nearly 700,000 in that same time period…
Nearly 150,000 NewYorkers have signed up for Obamacare.
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) October 22, 2013