ObamaCare: Changing Millions Of Lives For The Better



Michael Hiltzik: Rand’s Obamacare Stats: 9.3 Million New Insureds, And Counting

The long-awaited Rand Corp. study of Obamacare’s effect on health insurance coverage was released Tuesday and confirmed the numbers that had been telegraphed for more than a week: At least 9.3 million more Americans have health insurance now than in September 2013, virtually all of them as a result of the law. That’s a net figure, accommodating all those who lost their individual health insurance because of cancellations. The Rand study confirms other surveys that placed the number of people who lost their old insurance and did not or could not replace it — the focus of an enormous volume of anti-Obamacare rhetoric — at less than 1 million. The Rand experts call this a “very small” number, less than 1% of the U.S. population age 18 to 64.

The number of people getting insurance through their employers increased by 8.2 million. Rand said the increase is likely to have been driven by a decline in unemployment, which made more people eligible for employer plans, and by the incentives in the Affordable Care Act encouraging more employer coverage. Of the 3.9 million people counted by Rand as obtaining insurance on the individual exchange market, 36% were previously uninsured. That ratio is expected to rise when the late signups are factored in. Medicaid enrollment increased by 5.9 million, the majority of whom did not have insurance before signing up.

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David Lauter: Employer Insurance Increasing As Obamacare Rolls Out, Study Finds

In addition to gains in insurance coverage as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, the number of Americans covered by employer-provided insurance also has increased in the last year, according to newly released data from the Rand Corp. The share of Americans aged 18 to 64 who lack coverage dropped from 20.5% to 15.8% by Rand’s calculations. The 9.3-million increase in coverage, which takes into account people who lost coverage, includes people who enrolled in plans on the marketplaces, those who bought a plan directly from an insurer and those who became eligible for Medicaid. About half the states have expanded Medicaid under the law’s provisions. But the full Rand report, released Tuesday, notes that the figure also includes a significant increase in employer coverage. That increase contradicts predictions made by both opponents of the law and some of its supporters who had expected employer coverage to drop when the 2010 healthcare law took effect.

Rand researchers attribute some of the gains to the decline in unemployment over the last several months, noting that some previously uninsured people may simply have found jobs that provide insurance. In other cases, companies may have added insurance coverage in anticipation of the law’s health insurance provisions taking effect. Final, definitive, numbers on coverage, which will come from the Census Bureau, won’t be available for many months. So for now, the surveys provide the best look at how the law has changed insurance markets. While the exact numbers remain uncertain, the direction of the change is not. “Early evidence from our nationally representative survey indicates that the ACA has already led to a substantial increase in insurance coverage,” Rand concluded.

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168 Responses to “ObamaCare: Changing Millions Of Lives For The Better”

  1. April 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    RAND’s Health Reform Opinion Study (HROS) allows for an estimation of how many people have become enrolled in all sources of health care coverage since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The HROS is conducted using the RAND American Life Panel, a nationally representative panel of individuals who regularly participate in surveys; this particular analysis, is focused on respondents age 18–64. In addition to asking them about their opinions of the ACA, each month RAND collected information about enrollment in health insurance, including employer-sponsored insurance (ESI), Medicaid, Medicare, insurance purchased on a marketplace, and other insurance purchased on the individual market. This detailed information about insurance coverage combined with the fact that the same individuals were surveyed each month provides a unique ability to track how insurance coverage has changed since the major health insurance coverage provisions of the ACA took effect on January 1, 2014. The analysis presented here examines changes in health insurance enrollment between September 2013 and March 2014; overall, the authors estimate that 9.3 million more people have health care coverage in March 2014, lowering the uninsured rate from 20.5 percent to 15.8 percent. This increase in coverage is driven not only by enrollment in health insurance marketplace plans, but also by gains in ESI and Medicaid. Enrollment in ESI plans increased by 8.2 million and Medicaid enrollment increased by 5.9 million, although some individuals did lose coverage during this period. The authors also found that 3.9 million people are now covered through the state and federal marketplaces — the so called insurance exchanges — and less than 1 million people who previously had individual-market insurance became uninsured during the period in question. While the survey cannot tell if this latter group lost their insurance due to cancellation or because they simply felt the cost was too high, the overall number is very small, representing less than 1 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 64.

    PDF of study (presentation provided in tweet) http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR600/RR656/RAND_RR656.pdf

    • April 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Piggyback on the comprehensive RAND study:

      “A study released Tuesday blows the door wide open in the never-ending parlor game to estimate how many uninsured Americans have gotten health coverage under Obamacare, suggesting that the number might be bigger than previously thought. But at this point, nobody is quite sure what to make of it. RAND Corp, a non-profit think tank, released the survey. Its eye-opening finding: 7.2 million previously uninsured people have gained health coverage through their employer since mid-September. That’s on top of those people who have purchased private coverage on Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces or enrolled in Medicaid or young adults who signed up through their parents’ plan. Those three groups were the only people that many previous estimates of Obamacare’s impact had accounted for.

      In other words, if you take the earlier estimates of 8.3 million to 9.5 million uninsured people who had gotten covered by marketplace plans, Medicaid and their parents’ policies — and then add some of the millions more who RAND found had gotten insured through their employer — then Obamacare could be responsible for reducing America’s uninsured ranks much more than the earlier estimates suggested.

      “I think that’s fair,” Larry Levitt, vice president of the non-profit, non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation, told TPM when asked if that was one of the study’s implications. “Some of it could be improvements in the economy, which might have happened regardless of the Affordable Care Act. “But it could also be tied to the individual mandate as people who previously turned down employer coverage signed up to avoid getting penalized. How big an effect the mandate is having is possibly one of the biggest unknowns right now.”

    • 3 Ladyhawke
      April 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Jonathan Cohn ‏@CitizenCohn 29m


      Most interesting part of that new Rand study on Obamacare? What it says about those infamous plan cancellations http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117310/case-against-obamacare-just-took-another-blow

  2. 4 jacquelineoboomer
    April 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm


  3. April 8, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Incredible exhibit hosted via the Google Cultural Institute: By the Presidential Libraries and Museums of the National Archives & Records Administration…. includes videos, documents, pictures/slides, and a plethora of historical artifacts…. all in one place!

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    Medgar Evers family visits President John F. Kennedy, at the White House

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  4. April 8, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    More inspirational real life stories, just wonderful Nerdy.

  5. 16 Vicki
    April 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Nerdy, all this goodness you’ve provided is what matters. Each person and family whose life is better because of Obamacare is a celebration and confirmation.
    Good overcomes bad. Not always, certainly, but right now in the USA, POTUS and his team and all of his supporters are making the good apparent.

  6. April 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Just outstanding, NW!!! Thank you!!!

  7. April 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    From the bottom of the previous thread — important given that it will be the first time Russia has agreed to meet with Ukraine, coupled with the fact that Ukraine will have the US and EU at its side.


    “As the government in Kiev moved to reassert control over pro-Russian protesters across eastern Ukraine, the United States and NATO issued stern warnings to Moscow about further intervention in the country’s affairs, amid continuing fears of an eventual Russian incursion.

    Secretary of State John Kerry accused the Kremlin of fomenting the unrest, calling the protests the work of saboteurs whose machinations were as “ham-handed as they are transparent.” Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he added: “No one should be fooled — and believe me, no one is fooled — by what could potentially be a contrived pretext for military intervention just as we saw in Crimea. It is clear that Russian special forces and agents have been the catalysts behind the chaos of the last 24 hours.”

    The secretary general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Russia would be making a “historic mistake” by going into Ukraine, and he urged the Kremlin to “step back.” At a news conference in Paris, he said any such actions “would have grave consequences for our relationship with Russia and would further isolate Russia internationally.””

    Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/world/europe/russia-ukraine-unrest.html

    “Senior officials from the EU, Russia, the US and Ukraine are to meet next week to discuss the worsening situation in Ukraine.

    It will be the first four-way meeting since the crisis erupted.

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will join US Secretary of State John Kerry, his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia.


    The exact time and place of next week’s talks were not made clear although an EU official confirmed they would be in Europe.”


    • April 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      “Remarks on Military Activities of the Russian Federation on the Border With Ukraine

      As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer
      to the Joint Meeting of the Forum for Security Cooperation
      and the Permanent Council, Vienna
      April 7, 2014


      Based on the number, types of units, and deployed locations of the Russian forces in the southern and western military districts, which border eastern and northern Ukraine, this deployed force has a character that appears designed to intimidate and/or conduct short-notice, sustained, offensive military operations into Ukraine. More broadly, Russia’s occupation of the Crimean region undermines the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We urge Russia to reduce its troops to pre-crisis numbers and positions.

      The buildup in Russia’s Rostov and Belgorod regions opposite the Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Kharkiv, as well as the deployment of forces near Klimovo, barely 20 kilometers from the border with Ukraine, is substantial. The scope of the forces includes not only ground forces, but also forward-deployed air power, providing quick-strike capability and air support to potential ground operations.

      Colleagues, maintaining a large concentration of troops in the field at a time when conscripts are normally scheduled to leave service further suggests that this is not an exercise. NATO military authorities have noted that the Russia force is “sized and outfitted and provisioned with everything that it needs to have an incursion into Ukraine.” We have consistently urged the Russian Federation to take steps to de-escalate. The number of Russian troops massed in this area close to the border with Ukraine is clearly aimed at threatening and intimidating, and is therefore an ongoing escalation.

      As Secretary Kerry has indicated to Minister Lavrov, it is important that these troops return to their barracks. We note reports that Minister Lavrov indicated on April 3rd that President Putin had ordered the withdrawal of one battalion of troops from Rostov. That is a potential small step in the right direction. We would welcome specific information on the process and timing of such a move, and any further withdrawals, and an opportunity to observe this process.”

      More at the link: http://osce.usmission.gov/apr_7_14_ukr2.html

      This stuff matters.

      • April 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm

        I particular enjoy the insight and ‘tongue-in-cheek’ skill demonstrated in this paragraph:

        “The events of the last 24 hours also, again, raise questions. We will need to see as more facts come to light. It seems strangely coincidental that these activities all took place in different parts of Ukraine on the same afternoon. There are reports on social media this morning about how “pro-Russian residents” of Kharkiv stormed the Opera, thinking that it was the town hall, and demanded that the mayor come out. It’s very surprising that these so-called “residents” of Kharkiv would think that the Opera was the town hall.”

        • 27 jackiegrumbacher
          April 8, 2014 at 10:30 pm

          Bob, do you think the US and the EU are ready for the next step in bigger, more crippling step in economic sanctions?

    • 28 Lovepolitics2008
      April 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Putin is playing games. He has agreed to a meeting while he’s preparing his invasion. I have no illusion; there’s no reasoning with this guy. The only way to avoid Russia’s invasion is for Ukraine, helped by special forces from the US and NATO allies, to work to counter the shenanigans of russian special forces in Ukraine’s cities.

      Given the fact that the West won’t go to war with Russia, it puts Putin at an advantage. At least temporarily. Economic sanctions and international isolation will work eventually, but ordinary people, both in Ukraine and in Russia, will suffer a great deal.

      question: is Lavrov every bit as delusional as Putin ??

      • April 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm

        Have no answer to your question about Lavrov, Lp08.

        As to whether ‘the West won’t go to war with Russia’ …. if Putin invades Ukraine, he’s likely to get quite a surprise, militarily. Ukrainians will fight and ‘the West’ will not be idle if thousands of Ukrainians are being slaughtered. Of this I have zero doubt. And, the person who will lead the charge is President Obama.


  8. April 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Have been very pleased by Paul Krugman’s #OBAMACARE commentary ….



  9. 36 Nerdy Wonka
    April 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm

  10. 38 CEB
    April 8, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I have been out of the news loop for several days (oh the joys of re-modeling) so I just heard about the repub. congressman from Louisiana, the one who brought the Duck Dynasty guy to the State of the Union and who campaigned as a faith and family man, was caught on tape kissing a staffer. The major thing that I noticed about the report that I saw on Inside Edition, at no time during the 2-3 minute segment did they mention that the slime-ball was a republican. He was repeatedly simply referred to as congressman. The msm never fails to give the repuubs. cover no matter how egregious their behavior. You can bet that if McAllister was a democrat, it would have been mentioned over and over.

    • 39 Jewelz
      April 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      That’s because Inside Edition is owned by a republican and their coverage is at least 70% negative towards President Obama and the democrats. Someone needs to ask the media why this story is not garnering more media coverage. If this had been a democratic congressman, it would’ve been a different story. We would be getting nonstop negative media coverage with them trying to link the story to President Obama.

  11. 40 Ladyhawke
    April 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Anatomy of a Media Attack: ABC News, Fox News, and CNN on White House and Equal Pay

    Tommy Christopher on April 08, 2014


    Is it fair to point out that the President is using a raw figure to represent the wage gap, one that doesn’t compare women and men in the exact same jobs? Yes, although it’s also fair for him to use it, because that 77 cent figure takes into account a range of factors beyond here-and-now, direct wage discrimination. Those women who hold junior positions now will hold the senior positions of tomorrow.

    What isn’t fair is for ostensibly objective news organizations to present a Republican talking point, then only play part of the White House’s response. Later in that segment, Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev briefly tried to explain the rest of Carney’s answer, but as CNN presented it, Carney was copping to a gender pay gap that doesn’t exist.



  12. 42 anniebella
    April 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Fox News:Childhood Obesity have increased since 1999. Just their way of saying hay Michelle Obama I told you what you are doing is a waste of time.

  13. April 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you President Obama for making HealthCare work for everyone. As someone who has very good health care since I married over forty-two years ago I can say that the changes you made to the health care insurance are beneficial to all. We no longer need to worry about losing our jobs and not getting health care because of expensive pre-exciting conditions or reaching the maximum in coverage in our senior years when it would be harder for us to understand our options and shop around. Our retirement account would be too depleted to pay for care. Our co-payments have gone up in the last several years but now the cost of health care is not going up at such a fast pace. We are hoping that will mean insurance costs will also level off.
    Those are my selfish reasons for ObamaCare. Our children have not had it as good as we have. Now they will not go without preventive care. Also we don’t want to live in a society where people don’t care about each other. When I was young I dreamed of being a nurse to help others. But after a year I realized I was not the person who could handle seeing others in pain every work day. Thank goodness there are others who can do that and we have you as President to work to better all of our lives and not the few. You are a true Statesman.

  14. 44 Dudette
    April 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm

  15. 46 Dudette
    April 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm

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  17. 50 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm

  18. April 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I can’t read these stories without choking up. So many people now feeling the security of Obamacare. WOW. I hope PBO knows in his heart and soul how very deeply he has made a difference.

  19. 53 Dudette
    April 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

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  21. April 8, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    • 70 hopefruit2
      April 8, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      UGH…I hope he didn’t try to find any Google pics of our current President….

      • April 8, 2014 at 9:54 pm

        Ugh x 2! You know Hopefruit, I’m beginning to wonder …. there are a bunch of programs and websites that transform photos in to paintings. I’m beginning to wonder if this is what the Bush creature did???

        • 72 hopefruit2
          April 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm

          Hmmm….yes, indeed. These “paintings” may very well have been produced in that manner…and even if they weren’t. I’m sick of the media trying to push this guy down America’s throat.

    • 73 desertflower
      April 8, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Lazy President, lazy “painter” lazy person. I’m done thinking about lazy, taker RWNJ’s. Done.

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      April 8, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Those “paintings” are dark like the thoughts that must be rolling around in Bush’s brain.

      NEON YELLOW! I’d prefer an opaque mustard yellow, but a woman can’t be choosy. Can she? Hope you are having fun, Chips!

      • April 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm

        I’ve had my fun, now behaving Jacqueline, promise, but it was a serious hoot color-wrecking your heads 🙂

        • 76 jacquelineoboomer
          April 8, 2014 at 11:03 pm

          You cannot wreck what’s already wrecked. I think.


          • 77 carolyn
            April 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm

            I’ve seen what those computer programs do for turning photos into portraits, and they look like Rembrandts compared to these. These truly have the look of paint-by-number sets. I did a couple of those back in the day, and you can see on these pictures where the lines were drawn and a new color went in
            Only a man as totally coddled all his life and told everything he did was wonderful would bring these out in public. They are preposterously bad. Now, we find out they are copied from Google…..yes, lazy man, lazy painter, lazy, lazy, lazy, and dangerous. It is going to take years to rescue us from the mess he made.

            • 78 jacquelineoboomer
              April 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm

              I shudder to think he’s still being forced into our faces. If we can’t try him for war crimes, then let’s bury him in our public discourse. A good shunning is what he deserves. It was going well for a while there, until he thought it was time to come out from under his rock and pass along the finger paintings. Ugh.

  22. 79 Dudette
    April 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm


  23. 80 anniebella
    April 8, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    A nice article from the New Zealand Hearld, about Grandma Robinson, title Michelle Obama’s Mother plays a crucial role.

  24. 86 Dudette
    April 8, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  25. 89 Dudette
    April 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm

  26. 90 Dudette
    April 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm

  27. 93 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Teen birth rates reach all-time low

    // Tennessee ranks 12th among states for teen birth rates, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That report noted that births among girls ages 15-17 had reached an all-time low in the United States, declining 63 percent from 1991 to 2012. The birth rate among this age group went from 38.6 for every 1,000 teenage girls to 14.1 over this time period.


  28. 94 Dudette
    April 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm

  29. 95 Dudette
    April 8, 2014 at 9:55 pm

  30. April 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    because opening week of baseball is the best!!!

    • 97 Dudette
      April 8, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      I remember that Hank Aaron moment vividly. We weren’t much of a baseball family but that historic news had us hooping and hollering. As you might suspect there were quite a few haters throwing all the shade they could.

      • 98 anniebella
        April 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        No I wasn’t a Atlanta Braves fan either but I was following Hammering Hank and was so glad when he broke Ruth record.

      • April 8, 2014 at 11:06 pm

        Growing up in Charlotte & Hunstville, AL….. I’ve always been a Braves fan! Although Hank was before my time, everyone knows he WAS the Braves……Dale Murphy, Chipper & Andruw have come close, but no one will replace Aaron 🙂

  31. 100 Ladyhawke
    April 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    House GOP Leader Admits His Party Doesn’t Care About the Long-Term Unemployed


  32. 101 dotster3
    April 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    U.S. corp. profits stashed away overseas to avoid taxes top $2.1 trillion. The amount has doubled since 2009—–hmmmmmmm. Biggest stasher—-G.E. with $!00 billion tucked away, hidden from view. Tax laws badly in need of attention. Thinking of all the good that could be accomplished here with a little more fairness——and a little more patriotism.


  33. 103 Dudette
    April 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

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  37. 114 anniebella
    April 8, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Looks like the Connecticut Men and Women basketball team will be at the White House. The men won the NAACP championship last night and the women is winning tonight. I meant the NCAA championship.

  38. 115 desertflower
    April 8, 2014 at 10:34 pm
  39. April 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I’m totally in the mood for playing around with the bloggy colors and stuff tonight, back in a bit, hold tight 😎

  40. April 8, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Test. I only want to try out the white box. Hahaha. It is easier to see but either way is fine with me..

  41. 124 amk for obama
    April 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    pink? really, bt?

  42. April 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Ok, now you’re smoking crack.

  43. 134 amk for obama
    April 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Sooo, obamacare repealed yet?

  44. 135 amk for obama
    April 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I think it’s time that danny took over.

    Down with bt. down with bt, down..

  45. 136 Nerdy Wonka
    April 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Green. Chips? You are entering the danger zone.

  46. 143 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Oh my goodness…I’m seeing red…

  47. April 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    This is darker red than the cherry in my Manhattan.

  48. 145 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Now I see yellowish-green! I’m seeing colors..and I’m not smoking pot…

  49. 154 vcprezofan2
    April 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm


  50. 155 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    There’s a natural mystic blowing thru the air…

  51. April 8, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I think Chips is hitting the sherry to prepare herself for tomorrow’s match against Bayern.

  52. April 8, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    White is good, Chips – Yellow, SUCKS!! 🙂

  53. 161 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm


  54. 163 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    You could at least make it OBAMA BLUE…

  55. April 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    so, I’m reading Imre Kertesz’s “Dossier K”, which is a sort of autobiography he issued after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. And now I want to consume everything he’s written which has been translated into English. Good thing I work at a library.

  56. 166 amk for obama
    April 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Buy Him. NOW.

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  57. 167 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Please proceed GOP, with Obamacare repeal…

  58. April 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Mellow Yellow it is not…..

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