277,000 Enrolled and Counting Shows Affordable Care Act Helps Coloradans, Here to Stay

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The latest reports on the Affordable Care Act indicate that more than seven million Americans have enrolled nationally. For Colorado, newly-released metrics from the state exchange, ConnectforHealthCo.com, show that 277,000 Coloradans have enrolled, more than 118,000 through private insurance plans and more than 158,000 through the state’s Medicaid expansion.
 
According to Laura Chapin, Colorado State Director for Protect Your Care, "With 277,000 Coloradans, and counting, now enrolled in health care coverage this is proof that the Affordable Care Act works and that it's providing much-needed relief for thousands of families. The predictions of an enrollment surge proved to be true, and increasing numbers of young people are signing up as well. In one story posted today, a Colorado Young Invincible is getting health insurance for 77 CENTS a month!"

My friend had told me that I needed to be denied Medicaid before I could apply for financial assistance through Connect for Health Colorado, so I already had my denial number when I met with the health coverage guide. I was ready to start shopping! I needed the peace of mind of knowing that if something happens, I’m covered. Given my projected income, the health coverage guide said I was eligible for $150.00 in tax credits! I am paying 77 cents a month for my plan and $15/month for dental! What a relief! I was so worried I would not be able to afford a plan and have to risk it. I can happily say that I found an affordable plan that meets my needs. I know that accidents can happen and probably would not have been able to enjoy climbing and snowboarding the way I do now if I didn’t have insurance.

Despite the sabotage, the ads, the naysayers, and fifty votes by Republicans like Congressmen Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman to get rid of it, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. Thousands of Coloradans now have health care and the peace of mind that comes with it. And nobody can or should try to take that away from them.

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  1. Andrew Carnegie says:

    Still less than the 335,000 whose policies were cancelled.

    • DavieDavie says:

      So I take it your philosophy revolves around the principle that if a lie has been debunked 1,000 times, you just need to repeat it 1,001 times which will miraculously make it true :-)

      OTOH, you probably just get paid by the post, so consider this my gift to you. Don't say I never gave you anything!

    • horseshit GOP front grouphorseshit GOP front group says:

      Yeah, all of those with cancelled policies are now walking around the 16th street mall like a pack of zombies, wandering around aimlessly wondering what the fuck just happened.

      No, sorry, thats the Republican party.

    • PeoplePower says:

      Most health care policies are good for only one year at a time so it is not surprising that so many Coloradans got cancellation notices.  Every year I had employer-based health care I got an open enrollment package that told me what my options were for the new year.  There were always some changes (sometimes I even found that my primary care provider was no longer available) and usually an increase in costs.  Most of the 335,000 people you mention were offered, and enrolled in, new policies.  They are NOT uninsured and they are not counted in the 277,000 who enrolled through Connect for Health Care CO.

      • Andrew Carnegie says:

        People, You are wrong.  The people who had their policies cancelled, who for some reason did not take the "renewal" either bought other health insurance or became uninsured.  One of the places some of them shopped for replacement insurance was Connect for Colorado.  Those who did would be included in that number.

    • Republican 36 says:

      ONE MORE TIME FOR THE RECORD

      And of those 335,000 cancellations, 92% received renewals in the same envelope. Your implied assertion that all 335,000 lost there insurance and were left without insurance is nonsense.

      Eight percent did lose their insurance which equals 26,800. Those individuals had to find insurance on the exchange or through private sources. The fact is over 300,000 people who weren't insured are now insured because of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

      thank you Presidnet Obama.

       

      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

        From one Republican to another, thank you (again – and one more time) R36

      • Andrew Carnegie says:

        Pub, the falacy of your argument is you assume that everyone who received a "renewal" renewed.  That is not true.  Those whose "renewals" were too expensive for their tastes or found the new coverage not to their liking also lost their insurance.

        Most of the people who have signed up are on medicaid.  Most of the rest are being subsidized.  Instead of screwing up 1/6 of the economy it would have been less expensive to just increase medicaid.

        In order to do that there would need to be an honest discussion about how this is going to get paid for, which has yet to take place.

  2. Andrew Carnegie says:

    Let us celbrate expanding the welfare rolls.

    Did Laura get her raise yet?

    • DavieDavie says:

      Corporate welfare queens abound thanks to the GOPs leadership:

      http://www.nationalreview.com/article/374321/corporate-welfare-queens-stephen-moore

      Republicans have to be willing to cut weak claims, not weak claimants, as Reagan budget director David Stockman used to say. But corporate welfare has strong claimants: deep-pocketed business interests that rely on federal largesse to pad their pockets and jack up stock prices. Too many companies in America, from Boeing to AT&T, have come to regard government as a giant customer. They cheerlead for big government because they are among its chief beneficiaries.

      So why hasn’t it happened? Why haven’t Republicans pledged to end corporate welfare as we know it? Part of the explanation is that too many politicians have gotten confused about the difference between free-market capitalism and crony capitalism.

    • Progressicat says:

      What value is there in having a prosperous society that fails to provide for the basic needs of its members?  Should those without healthcare simply die?  Should they be relegated to care only after they are so disease and anguish-ridden that we have no choice but to heal them if only to save ourselves from what they carry?

      As I've often warned my Conservative friends, a safety net is the cost of maintaining an inherently unequal society.  It is the price you pay to prevent a revolt of those who lose under your system.  With an economy that creates more losers and fewer winners every day, I'd suggest you think long and hard about what "welfare" buys you.  Or not, and I'll tell you. "I told you so" when the revolution comes.

      • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

        With an economy that creates more losers and fewer winners every day, I'd suggest you think long and hard about what "welfare" buys you.  Or not, and I'll tell you. "I told you so" when the revolution comes.

        There was a time when we could pick out or make up a quote and insert it so that it would appear on all our posts as a sig line. One of my favorites, which is a bit gruesome but, oh, so relevant was, "Morality is what keeps poor people from killing rich people".

        I suppose until they get hungry enough…

        • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

          Welcome back, Duke.  We missed you :-)

          • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

            Why, thank you, sir! If there is a more stunningly beautiful landscape on Earth than the southern Utah portion of the Colorado Plateau, I couldn't imagine where it would be…unless you consider the rest of the Rocky Mountains…..smiley

            Now that I am back on line and plugged back in, I am almost unable to contain my amusement at the headlong trainwreck that is the Republican party. I hope you can get your party back….but THIS one is really fun to watch!laugh

      • BlueCat says:

        But Walmart and McDonald's are using welfare to provide all those jobs, jobs, jobs. The ones that require government assistance for the lucky workers to, you know, eat and stuff.  

        Nope, this is the top .001 percent's idea of the perfect welfare circle of life. They actually get to pay their workers less than the cost of keeping them alive while average little people tax payers do it for them. Even slave owners had to spend enough to keep their workforce alive so this is a really a fantastic innovation. Hard to imagine that anyone loves welfare more than these GOTP welfare royalty on steroids do. 

        While they talk about how government dependence takes away lazy poor unemployed peoples' incentive to work, they hope we won't notice how many of their own workers couldn't live without it and how they instruct them on how to get it.

        • And they get to gripe about it to the folks one step up the ladder – you know the one step just before (read: ten times as high as most of them can even reach) being rich; the ones who can't believe those money-grubbers who don't do a lick of work are taking their hard-earned profits and preventing them from buying a yacht or a private island or something. Thus ensuring that the Republican Party will remain a power in this nation while somehow not quite making it to the point of just axing all social safety net programs.

    • Gilpin GuyGilpin Guy says:

      Didn't you get the message from the Messiah?

      "He who is worthy of his days and nights is worthy of all else from you."

      Oh thats right, you minions of the Devil believe we should hate and punish the poor and serve the rich man at his feast.  What an antiChrist(ian) attitude you hold towards the poor.  And then you try to tell us how "Pro-Life" you are which somehow makes you special.  What Pharisee. 

  3. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    If I understand the above quote right, the inidividual makes enough money to be denied medicaid, but makes little enough that it's only costing them $0.77/month for their plan?

    Are the subsidies really that large? Or is this a total bullshit quote?

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      The subsidies are that large if one's income is that small. My guess is that the young man referenced above is barely above the poverty line of $11K /year for an individual in Colorado.  So, someone working at a part time or minimum wage job. 

      In Colorado, we did the Medicaid expansion, which made people eligible for Medicaid if they were 138% above the poverty line, instead of 133% above it. So anything above about $15K a year, he makes too much for Medicaid, but his premiums are practically nothing. Connectforhealthco.com has an income calculator online – one can try out various scenarios. 

    • BlueCat says:

      Most who don't qualify for medicaid but do qualify for some amount of tax credits which are subtracted from the monthly cost of insurance are still paying a good deal more than $77 if that makes you feel better David.

  4. Tazistan JenTazistan Jen says:

    I'm so happy to see these numbers in Colorado and for the U.S.  Great news.

  5. ct says:

    Poor troll.  Now it has to attack the — what did it call providing health care to more Americans–moving us closer, even a little, toward what every other western nation provides its residents (or at least its citizens).  

    Oh, yeah the 'welfare rolls.'  

    I call them my neghbors and fellow Americans.  Troll says they're just numbers on a "roll."  More More despicableness showing through. 

  6. JBJK16 says:

    You are all so diligent responding to the crazy. Wife. But it defines the discussion half the time.

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