Obamacare a success so far? Lack of enrollment numbers from many states makes it hard to say

  • Article by: PATRICK CONDON , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 11, 2013 - 3:00 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After more than a week in action, is a key feature of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul a success or a bust? Judging by the dearth of data, it's virtually impossible to say.

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badcopperOct. 11, 13 1:51 PM

With all the reports of how popular obamacare has been, and all the hits on the sites there are surely metrics that support the claim of the overwhelming success. Can someone tell me where i can find these statistics?.

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RoninOct. 11, 13 2:05 PM

I can personally testify that Obamacare is great gift to insurance companies. My 2014 individual health care policy has been raised by $65 dollars per month apparently because (at least in part) everyone must have mental health and drug addiction coverage! Benefits that I have about a 0% probability of using.

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johnmplsOct. 11, 13 2:18 PM

Focusing on how the rollout goes is small potatoes. There is no doubt that these issues will get fixed, long before people need to be signed up. The only issue that should be looked at is how good the program is: What it provides (individuals and as a nation) and at what cost (also individually and as a nation). All indicators to date show that for the limited benefits it provides, it will be horrendously expensive, both to individuals and the country. A number of studies have shown that the country could have provided for those with pre-existing conditions and those unable to afford healthcare for between 5% and 12% of what this program will cost. And that doesn't include the costs of reduced hours to workers, doctors retiring early to get away from the disaster, and loss of patient care. This system will create a huge number of government and insurance company jobs that will be touted as improving the economy, while in reality they are drains to the economy. The Tea Party is going about it wrong, but this WILL be a national disaster.

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herby2013Oct. 11, 13 2:34 PM

Obama personally called union heads asking them to tone down criticism of Obamacare. Unions, which supported Obamacare and spent their own money running ads trying to convince the public to support it, are now ADMITTING that Obamacare is bad. Unions wrote a letter to Obama stating that Obamacare will "shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class." See the article "Labor Unions: Obamacare Will 'Shatter' Our Health Benefits, Cause 'Nightmare Scenarios'", Forbes.com, July 15, 2013, for further details and a link to the text of the letter. 77% of all jobs created during 2013 have been part-time and low-paying. Obama personally delayed the employer mandate for 1 year. Do you see a connection? It's plain as day. Only the mind of a liberal can intentionally block out the facts and ignore the TRUTH. And of course, there's the tried-and-true Democrat fallback: It's Bush's fault.

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fishergOct. 11, 13 3:35 PM

On average, the policies on MNSure are lower than comparable policies from the same companies before the ACA (and are the lowest in the nation). Complaints from some arise because the differental for age is limited to 3x. Older policyholders are getting substantial reductions while people under 25 are seeing some increases. To me a 3x differential for age(as mandated in the ACA) is reasonable while 6x or more is clearly not and penalizes someone for simply getting older. (That assumes a 50+ year old could even get a policy as many could not even buy health insurance before the ACA due to pre-ex. conditions.)

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badcopperOct. 11, 13 8:35 PM

Please. Someone, anyone....how many people have signed up for MNSure? What is the website conversion rate? What are the 30, 60 , 90 day projections? Any second year business major would be able to provide these details........

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