But the big picture is that far more people who need health insurance — whether they were bumped from plans or whether they were previously uninsured — will now be mostly able to go online, do some shopping, and buy health insurance. Before, they couldn’t.
This isn’t as good a story as the website’s implosion was, and if the site continues to function as expected, it will mostly stop getting media coverage. The press will move on to the next Obamacare disaster story, should it materialize: The “keep your doctor” saga, coming soon via Republican press release directly to reporters’ inboxes.
But the current fix has mostly tamped down concerns among Democratic lawmakers, and barring some truly catastrophic change, they just aren’t going to abandon the law in any meaningful sense. Meanwhile, demand looks likely to continue, even as insurance companies redouble their efforts to entice people on to the exchanges, which means enrollment will continue piling up, too.
Will it be enough? It’s too soon to say. Republican lawmakers and their voters have been 100 percent certain for some time now that Obamacare has already collapsed, but for everyone else, the law’s long term prospects will turn mostly on what that enrollment looks like over time. And for that, we’ll just have to wait.
Over the last five weeks, substantial progress has been made improving HealthCare.gov and getting the system to where it needs to be:
*Hundreds of software fixes, hardware upgrades and continuous monitoring have measurably improved the consumer experience
*Site capacity is stable at its intended level
*Operating metrics are greatly improved, and activity levels demonstrate the site is working for consumers
While there is more work to be done, the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness, and will continue their work to improve and enhance the website in the weeks and months ahead.
While some thought the all-Republican runoff would be marked by each candidate running to the far right of every issue, McAllister took leave of the usual party line during a debate last week by coming out in support of optional Medicaid expansion offered under the Affordable Care Act.
McAllister said he disagreed with Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision not to accept the expansion because of the economic make-up of the 5th District.
According to census data, the district is one of the poorest in the nation with nearly 25 percent of its more than 750,000 people living below the poverty line in 2010 and 21 percent without health insurance.
Riser blasted McAllister for the admission, issuing an ad stating "a vote for Vance McAllister is a vote for Obamacare."
It's just too late to change that track at this point in time.. . I think it would be confusing to change this at this late hour. Most people have made a decision. If I send out another bulletin and ask the companies...give them another decision to make…I don’t think that would be in our best interests. We’ve set our anchor on this and we ought to probably just go forward with it.
There's been an outpouring of sympathy for the people in the individual market who will see their plans changed. As well there should be. Some of them will be better off, but some won't be.
But, worryingly, the impassioned defense of the beneficiaries of the status quo isn't leavened with sympathy for the people suffering now. The people who can't buy health insurance for any price, or can't get it at a price they can afford, or do get it only to find themselves bankrupted by medical expenses anyway have been left out of the sudden outpouring of concern.
If people have a better way to fix the individual market — one that has no losers — then it's time for them to propose it. But it's very strange to sympathize with the people who've benefited from the noxious practices of the individual market while dismissing the sick people who've been victimized by it.
“Tom Cotton needs to explain why he would take away health care from the 63,000 Arkansans already enrolled under the private option,” Pryor campaign manager Jeff Weaver tells The Hill.
Burris says his support for the compromise was his attempt to do the best with the bad situation ObamaCare has created.
“Mark Pryor voted for an unconstitutional bill that raised taxes, cut Medicare for seniors and payments to hospitals. Tom supports the repeal of that. Mark Pryor doesn’t,” Burris said. “It needs to be repealed, and until then, the states are having to grapple with the terrible consequences, which is what we’re doing now.”
The bill, S. 1642, would make changes to the grandfather clause under ObamaCare, which Landrieu said was "not written as tightly as it should have been." Under the bill, all insurance companies would have to continue to offer plans offered before the new ObamaCare standards took effect, and would also have to explain to policyholders how their current plan might fall short of those standards.
However, her bill makes clear that no one would be forced to buy plans that meet these new standards.
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