Monday, March 31, 2014


It may be time for President Obama to take a victory lap ...

After establishing 7 million sign ups as the bench mark for success by today's March 31, 2014 deadline we are now learning that between 6 and 7 million people have signed up for Obamacare. Seven million seems a sure thing by the middle of April (the extension deadline). This figure, however, covers only the sign ups.

The RAND Corporation estimates that about 9.5 million people have benefited from Obamacare, with 3 million of this number being young adults who are able to remain on their parents' insurance plan until they turn 26.

But wait, it gets better.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Canada/TX) asked his Facebook friends whether they were better off with Obamacare and he got an answer he didn't want. More to the point, there was a tsunami of "YES" votes. Among the reasons for being better off with Obamacare included (1) the ability to obtain coverage despite preexisting conditions, (2) being able to keep their kids on their insurance plan until their 26, (3) lower premiums, and (4) the end of lifetime benefit limits.

So, yeah, in spite of all the excuses and lies that the GOP are starting to roll out (again), phase one Obamacare is looking pretty good. This is especially the case in California, one of the states that have cooperated with the federal government on the program.

While sign ups for Latinos, Blacks, and California's young (18-15) are lagging behind in the state of California, one thing is clear. In spite of vigorous right wing media opposition, 50 repeal votes in congress, and unprecedented GOP obstructionism at the state level Obamacare is reaching targets and delivering results.

With all this I think it's time for President Obama to take a phase one victory lap.

- Mark

UPDATE: Over 7.1 million people signed up for Obamacare by April 1, 2014. 

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