The Affordable Care Act Lives Up To Its Name



Columbus Dispatch: Obamacare Premiums Average $80 A Month

People who signed up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health-care law are paying about $80 a month in premiums on average, the administration reported yesterday. The new numbers from the Health and Human Services Department cover only the 36 states where the federal government took the lead in setting up new insurance markets, accounting for about 5.4 million of the 8 million people who signed up nationally. Major states like California and New York were not included, but that might not affect national averages by much. The law limits what people pay for a benchmark plan to a fixed share of their income, regardless of where they live.

Among the major findings: • Taxpayers are subsidizing 76 percent of the average monthly premium in the 36 federally administered markets. • The average premium is $346 a month, but the typical enrollee pays just $82. Tax credits averaging $264 a month cover the difference. The government pays the subsidy directly to insurers. • After tax credits, Mississippians paid the least for coverage — averaging just $23 a month on average premiums of $438.

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Alex Walsh: Obamacare Side Effect: Alabama Medicaid Enrollment Goes Over 1 Million Due To Awareness, Rule Changes

Alabama has so far rejected the federal government’s proposal to expand Medicaid. Regardless, the Affordable Care Act still had the effect of increasing the size of Alabama’s Medicaid rolls. Medicaid enrollment in Alabama jumped up noticeably in January 2014, from around 970,000 to just over 1 million. Part of the reason behind the increase was a rule change enacted by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA required the state to transfer about

23,000 children from ALL Kids (Alabama’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP) over to the Medicaid rolls. Health care analysts also say that the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act brought a new wave of attention to health insurance, motivating many Americans to check their eligibility for various existing programs. This effect has been called “wood working” by some organizations, including Kaiser.

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Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Letter To The Editor: Affordable Care Act Feels Like I Won The Lottery

I must add my so so appreciative voice to all the press about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I must say it is the best thing that has come along in my lifetime since “sliced bread.” My husband and I paid $14,520 in premiums alone this year for very high deductible policies. The ACA is allowing the premium cost to stay within 9.5 percent of your income if you are in the 400 percent above poverty income range. Our premiums were well above that percentage of our income.

This high premium stuff with riders and coinsurance has been going on for us since 2007 when we lost our group coverage, with hugely increasing premiums every year. Before we got any help from insurance our out-of-pocket would have been $30,000. Our joined premium per month will be $660 and our maximum out-of-pocket for care will be $3,250 each. I feel like I won the lottery: no riders and no preexisting Blue Cross policies with nationwide providers.

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67 Responses to “The Affordable Care Act Lives Up To Its Name”

  1. 10 57andfemale
    June 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm


  2. 12 Cindy
    June 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you Nerdy Wonka for the updates on Obamacare!!!

    Feels good – it’s working and saving lives : )

  3. 16 jackiegrumbacher
    June 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Nerdy, this is the real news of the day, the one that should be on every front page and the top of the hour for every broadcast. After all the threats made, fears stirred and grenades lobbed against ACA, it has succeeded beyond anything the critics imagined or dreaded. And these are real people being helped–family, friends, neighbors–that we can all see and talk to. Democrats should be shouting about this success from every podium at every public event. Let’s not let any of them get away with not doing that.

    • June 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      I worked really hard as a volunteer to help pass the ACA and the day the President signed it into law was one of the proudest of my life. Throughout that process, I met so many people who were suffering because of a broken health care system. I didn’t know at the time that because of changes in my own life the ACA would turn out to be such a blessing for me and my family. When you don’t have insurance, you carry with you day in and day out a baseline of stress. You are always worrying, you don’t call the doctor when you need to, and you certainly don’t get the preventive services you need. It is not exactly conducive to good health. I was informed about the ACA and I enrolled myself and my kids as soon as it was available but there are still too many people who didn’t enroll because of all the lies and misinformation they heard from media and Republicans. Now, because so many people have direct experience with the benefits of the ACA it will be more difficult to fear monger about it. It is a tragedy that lives will be lost because people trusted the wrong news sources and because some Republican governors are playing politics with the lives of their constituents. Despite this we will keep spreading the good news and help people in our community who need it.

      Throughout this entire process- “the threats made, fears stirred and grenades lobbed against ACA” President Obama has been our steadfast champion. I am so grateful that he never gave up and never lost faith.

      • 18 Judith Fardig
        June 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm

        So well said, MomSense! The GOP thought they could run against Obamacare and sweep both the House and the Senate, but that strategy will FAIL!

  4. June 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

  5. June 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Great thread, NW!!!

    Yes WE MUST

  6. 26 LDS
    June 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Congratulations, niliathiel! Your first?
    Okay. Sweet sleep.

  7. June 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm

  8. June 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  9. 31 pkayden
    June 18, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Has anyone asked McCain, Ayotte and Graham if they plan to publicly apologize to Secretary Susan Rice for denigrating her (now proven to be true) claim that the Benghazi crisis was partly precipitated by the anti-Muslim video?

    Why aren’t the MSM doing their job on this? Ms. Rice was right!

  10. June 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm

  11. 35 desertflower
    June 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Congratulations, Louisiana! Your Gov. just wants your and your children to get STUPIDER AND STUPIDER! Because really stupid, ignorant people…are easily manipulated people!


  12. 36 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm

  13. June 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    • 39 Linda
      June 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm


      Michael John Gerson (born May 15, 1964) is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, a Policy Fellow with the ONE Campaign,[1][2] a visiting fellow with the Center for Public Justice,[3] and a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.[4] He served as President George W. Bush’s chief speechwriter from 2001 until June 2006, as a senior policy advisor from 2000 through June 2006, and was a member of the White House Iraq Group

  14. 41 Linda
    June 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    PBS just let John McWarmonger spew his script and than thank him…..” We hear you loud and Clear ” said Judy Woodruff.

  15. 44 JER
    June 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  16. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    June 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

  17. 46 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    • 47 hopefruit2
      June 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      At least Benen is catching on to the one-sided nature of the political media’s reporting of polls…but the fascination is not with polls per se, but with any narrative that suggests that the current President is a failure. I hope more people have the courage and insight to see this for what it really is and call out the media’s bullshit.

      When Rush Limbaugh said in 2009, “I hope he fails” and when the congressional GOPers met on the day of his inauguration to plot his failure, the political media (left AND right) took their directives seriously and have not looked back ever since.

      • June 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        Here’s the thing, if all I knew about President Obama was what I saw on the tv news, I might be one of the people who disapproves of his performance. It seems to me that all these polls tell us is how spectacularly awful our media are at accurately reporting the issues of the day. The President Obama they portray is a caricature that bears little resemblance to the reality. When I look at the disconnect between the public support for the individual provisions of the ACA or the components of our Ukranian policy and then see the approval ratings for the President–I see a complete failure of our “free press” to provide accurate information.

        • 49 hopefruit2
          June 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

          In 2014, a relative minority watch the evening news exclusively let alone believe what they hear in these reports. If the polls are reflecting the people who watch evening news AND believe what they hear, then the polls are not valid, because that is not a representative sample.

          The fact that Eric Cantor’s polls were so completely different from the actual election suggests to me that the polling methods need to be updated to reflect the current population. The media has no problems using these outdated polls because they allow them to push their negative narratives about PBO and/or Democrats, while helping to boost the GOP’s morale, at least in the short-term.

          • 50 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            June 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm

            Read somewhere, Cantor was actually +9R’s, however, more I’s & D’s crossed lines and he was -38.

    • June 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm

  18. 53 dotster3
    June 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Wanna see Illinois’ roaming black bear? No? Well, here he is anyway——in a tree. I feel sorry for him. He’s not finding any friends here—-no cute gal bears, no fun guy bears, no other bears anywhere. He’s having no luck. Go north, young man.


  19. June 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    “Washington (CNN) — I’ll let you know what’s going on, but I don’t need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.

    The White House meeting sounded more like a listening session for the top Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate about options for helping Iraq’s embattled Shiite government halt the lightning advance of Sunni Islamist fighters toward Baghdad that Obama is considering.

    According to a White House statement, Obama went over U.S. efforts to “strengthen the capacity of Iraq’s security forces to confront the threat” from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters, “including options for increased security assistance.”

    Earlier, spokesman Jay Carney spelled out one limit to any U.S. help, saying: “The President hasn’t ruled out anything except sending U.S. combat troops into Iraq.””


  20. June 18, 2014 at 7:14 pm

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    This is quite possibly the greatest compilation video (America’s reaction on John Brooks goal)

    …..since the many “Kick 6” videos last November <———-LP=Biased :mrgreen:

  21. 58 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 18, 2014 at 7:15 pm

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  23. 60 desertflower
    June 18, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    O/T but I LOVE THIS GUY!! 🙂 🙂

  24. 61 desertflower
    June 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm


    If these people were registered to vote….they would change the path of political power in the South…

  25. 62 Lynn
    June 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Delurking to make a suggestion as a substitute for the missing hairbrush. Ms. Chips, one word…teasel…just a thought. OK. It wasn’t that good an idea after all.

  26. 65 dotster3
    June 18, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I like this Elise Jordan, the late Michael Hasting’s wife, telling truths on Tweety, if any of you saw it——-uncomfortable truths about the MIC rising up to promote war, how journalists and pundits lose their integrity and objectivity and join in the drumbeats for war, wanting to be part of “the establishment”, the club, as they fail the public in the process. She was expressing her husband’s beliefs, but it was obvious she believes the same. “The Last Magazine”, Hastings final book, was just published thru her efforts.

    • 66 Nena20409
      June 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      She worked for GW Bush and she’s a GOPer of Fox style. Perhaps she has changed since Michael Hasting died? I doubt it for I had seen her on CNN once and she was like Lara Logan type personality. She is selling her dead husband’s book so she needs those on the left to buy the book.

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