Millions Now Have Health Coverage. Thanks, ObamaCare

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Zeke J Miller: Number of Uninsured Americans Near Historic Low

New federal government data shows the percentage of Americans without health insurance was at or near historic lows this year following the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, and appears certain to fall to record levels next year. The data released Thursday from the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health Interview Survey found that 11.3 percent of Americans were without coverage in the second quarter of 2014, down from 13.1 percent in the first quarter and 14.4 percent throughout 2013. An analysis by the White House Council of Economic Advisers finds the drop in the uninsured to be the largest in four decades,

amounting to roughly 9.7 million Americans getting insurance, consistent with other Affordable Care Act estimates. The new data does not include the nearly 2.5 million who have newly selected or re-enrolled for coverage in the latest round of open enrollment which began last month. Nor does it include those who’ve gained coverage in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program since the second quarter—including 400,000 from September to October, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services—as more states expand access to the program with federal money under the law.

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125 Responses to “Millions Now Have Health Coverage. Thanks, ObamaCare”

  1. December 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    And that is a big **** deal!

  2. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    December 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm

  3. 8 Linda
    December 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, claiming that Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana is unconstitutional under federal law.

    “Federal law undisputedly prohibits the production and sale of marijuana,” Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday in a statement. “Colorado has undermined the United States Constitution, and I hope the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold our constitutional principles.”

    But Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers isn’t backing down and intends to defend the state’s marijuana laws.

    “Because neighboring states have expressed concern about Colorado-grown marijuana coming into their states, we are not entirely surprised by this action,” Suthers said in a statement. “However, it appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado. We believe this suit is without merit and we will vigorously defend against it in the U.S. Supreme Court.”



    I guess only Red States care about States rights…….Republicans are such frauds.

    • 9 aquagranny911
      December 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Half the residents of Nebraska are traveling to Colorado to enjoy legal pot. They are spending $$$ & contributing to Colorado’s tax revenue. Marijuana is heavily taxed in CO. Cui Bono is what is really upsetting Nebraska & Oklahoma.

      • 10 0388jojothecat
        December 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm

        I don’t feel sorry for these small businesses and employees who probably did not vote or voted against prop 45.

      • 11 0388jojothecat
        December 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm

        Sorry, the above comment was posted here in error.

        In regards to the lawsuit against CO for legalizing marijuana I wonder if other states can sue other states for lax gun laws?

  4. 13 Ladyhawke
    December 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

  5. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    December 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for never letting any of us forget the SUCCESS that is ACA, NW! Let’s keep broadcasting that far and wide.

  6. 16 jackiegrumbacher
    December 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Nerdy, I wish all of your posts and tweets on the ACA could be consolidated in one document and sent to the President Obama presidential library as the living record of this historic, transformational time in American history. Your relentless coverage over the last two years and your sweep of relevant data is an historian’s treasure trove. I have always thought there should be a section of that library devoted to The Obama Diary” because it has been such a comprehensive, loving, daily tribute to our president and I think your health care piece should serve as a prominent, separate sub section.. Wish I knew how to make this happen.

  7. 19 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    President Obama to Congressional Republicans: Govern or Make Yourselves Irrelevant

    A lot of pundits are noticing that since the midterm elections, President Obama has been the opposite of a “lame duck.”

    Come January 2015, what will be the response of the Republican majorities in Congress to these achievements? As Kevin Drum notes in that same article:

    GOP leaders had plans for January, but now they may or may not be able to do much about them. Instead, they’re going to have to deal with enraged tea partiers insisting that they spend time trying to repeal Obama’s actions. They can’t, of course, but they have to show that they’re trying.

    Its important to note why they can’t repeal Obama’s actions. That is first of all because this President has been careful to recognize where he has constitutional authority and where Congress must act. He hasn’t crossed that line.

    But perhaps even more importantly, the 2015 budget bill strips Republicans of their ability to hold the government hostage as their leverage in trying to force change on any of these matters for at least the next nine months. After that, we’ll be in full 2016 campaign mode and its unlikely Republicans will want to initiate a government shutdown leading into the November presidential election.


  8. December 18, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Appreciate your efforts, NW, to keep the ever expanding success of #Obamacare on the front page of TOD, regularly.

  9. December 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Hey folks.

    Just rolled in from my youth services potluck. Was reading comments on my piece, but couldn’t respond. Thank you all for your positive comments. It meant much to me to write this piece.

    Mother of LL is not happy with PBO’s decision. Let’s just say we had a vigorous debate on the way to taking her to work. But, as I indicated, my dad probably wouldn’t have been too happy either.

  10. December 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    But, but, Nerdy, what about the Publick Opshun?!?!11$$#

  11. 26 arapaho415
    December 18, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Here’s the video of @MassGovernor (Deval Patrick) taking a call from @BarackObama on his last “Ask the Governor” radio show.

    To those who doubt our President’s honesty, he does admit to having some unpaid parking ticket(s) at one time in that state (at the close of the video):

    See @Mviser’s twitter timeline for more.

  12. 27 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Wonder if this would interest anyone here?

  13. December 18, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    More info about this in the sidebar – it’s a big deal …


  14. 31 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm

  15. 36 MightyPamela
    December 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    MP is about to get her 6th of 6 knee injections. Cost: $1000.00 each. I kid you not. I am one of those millions who join in saying THANK YOU, President Obama! If not for Obamacare, I might not be walking anymore!

    • 45 Linda
      December 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      I wonder what that thick one has inside.

      • 46 isonprize
        December 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm

        I’m guessing ink pens for the ceremonial signing of a particular bill. Hopefully, ABLE, Act. , Known as the ABLE Act, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act would revise the tax code to create a savings plan for disabled people similar to those that exist for college tuition. House of Rep and Senate have already passed it. My very own Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. co-sponsored the bill!!

  16. 47 Linda
    December 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    A police officer in Austin, Texas was recently caught on tape making sexist remarks about the Ray Rice domestic violence case to a radio reporter.

    Joy Diaz, a reporter at Texas NPR affiliate KUT, reported on Thursday that she was recently approached at a police union building by veteran officer Andrew Petrowski.

    According to audio captured by Diaz, Petrowski offered an unprompted take on the case of NFL running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his then-fianceé in an elevator in February.

    “I don’t care who you are,” Petrowski said on the recording. “You think about the women’s movement today, [women say] ‘Oh, we want to go [into] combat,’ and then, ‘We want equal pay, and we want this.'”

    “You want to go fight in combat and sit in a foxhole? You go right ahead. But a man can’t hit you in public here? Bullshit!” the officer continued.

    “You act like a whore, you get treated like one!” he added on the tape.

    Diaz said she recently played the audio for Austin’s police chief, who said the officer “has no business being a cop.”

    In an update to her story, Diaz reported that Petrowski retired from the force on Friday.


  17. 48 Linda
    December 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    John McCain Blames Obama For N. Korea’s Sony Hack That Killed The Interview


    McBitter just can’t stop himself.

  18. 55 Vicki
    December 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Nerdy, thank you for highlighting the ACA news. This means so much to so many Americans.
    As do the consistently diminishing unemployment numbers.
    Which is why the so-called “political networks” are barely mentioning economic news these days. Good for PBO and the American people = no news worth talking about in the media.

    Apparently the Steve Israel plan to step away from POTUS’ greatly improving economy remains in place. Do they plan to ignore PBO’s successes until 2016??
    What can possibly be their plan?

    • 56 Nerdy Wonka
      December 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks, Vicki.

      Thankfully, a lot more people are becoming wise to the media’s bias. If the economy or ObamaCare were not performing as they are, the media would be on a 24/7 gossip watch.

  19. December 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Good evening Chips & TOD! Thanks NW for keeping us informed with these wonderful O’Care updates 🙂

  20. December 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    That’s my President! 🙂

  21. 61 Nena20409
    December 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Good Evening TODers 😉
    Congrats on your Gold ⭐ Vetivera24.
    I ❤ Health Care Threads. Great job, NW. Thank you.

  22. 63 Nena20409
    December 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

  23. 64 Nena20409
    December 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

  24. 65 Nena20409
    December 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm

  25. 67 Nena20409
    December 18, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I am especially glad about this.

    ISIL/Daesh is all they need to be called.

  26. 68 Nena20409
    December 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm


  27. December 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Everyone, this is a MUST READ.

    “Pope Francis: A Man of Action”


    • 72 carolyn
      December 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Thank you for this LL. I do truly believe that President Obama and Pope Francis did not come accidentally on the world stage at this time, and at the same time. If ever the world needed to such people, it is now, and they both answered the call. We are so fortunate to have them.

  28. December 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm


    good …

  29. December 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    “The European Union announced new sanctions over Ukraine on Thursday, outlawing European investment in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia in March, as leaders of the 28-nation bloc gathered in Brussels to review their strategy toward Russia.

    The Crimea measures, which restrict or ban investment, trade and tourism, do not strike at Russia’s economy as a whole and are far more modest than a new round of American sanctions mandated by Congress in legislation expanding financial and other moves against Russia…

    “The fact that Russia is in a difficult situation from a financial point of view is not good news, first of all for Russian citizens, but also it is not good news for Ukraine, it is not good for Europe or for the rest of the world,” [ newly appointed EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini] told reporters ahead of a summit meeting in Brussels of European leaders.”


  30. 76 Nena20409
    December 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    It’s getting more painful, hmm?

    • December 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Giant sucking sound in Moscow, Nena!!


    • 78 Linda
      December 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Yikes..he looks crazed….

    • December 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      “The latest news is that Russia’s banks are going to need a bailout, and soon. The interest rate they charge each other on short-term loans—which shows how much they believe in each other’s solvency—shot up to 28.3 percent on Thursday, higher than it was even during the 2008 crisis. And, to give you an idea how big the black hole in Russian bank balance sheets must be, this is all happening despite the fact that the central bank just said that banks could pretend that they don’t have losses. Okay, it didn’t exactly say that, but close enough. Specifically, Russian banks can stop marking their losses to market, and use the old exchange rate to calculate the “value” of the assets on their books. Potemkin balance sheets, though, aren’t enough to fool the bankers themselves. They know how screwed their banks are, so they don’t trust any others. The Russian government is going to have to inject money—and real money, like dollars—into the banks to end this credit crunch.

      That’s money that Russia is going to start running out of. It spent $80 billion unsuccessfully defending the ruble this year, and although it has over $400 billion left, only half of that may really be useable. Now, it has managed, at least for now, to stabilize the ruble at around 61 per dollar by spending a little bit more of its war chest of dollars. But that doesn’t change the reality that the fundamentals of its economy are weak—and are only going to get worse.

      It’s all about oil and foreign currency debt.”


      Thank you, Nena!!


      December 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm


    • 82 amk for obama
      December 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      the toon that depicted dumbya and pootin as soul mates – attack another country, enrich your pals and bankrupt your own country – was spot on.

  31. December 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  32. December 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    • 91 0388jojothecat
      December 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      I don’t feel sorry for these small businesses and employees who probably did not vote or voted against prop 45.

  33. December 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Now, this is a journalist ….

    • December 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      “Lesson of liberty of speech from Ukraine’s journalist Roman Tsymbaliuk at the President Vladimir Putin’s press conference today in Moscow, Russia.

      ‘I have a short question in respect of punitive operation that you are conducting in Eastern Ukraine, first of all against population of Eastern Ukraine. What did you say to Russian soldiers when you sent them to Ukraine? What did you say to mothers of Russian officers that were killed in Ukraine? And one more question. Former president of Ukraine Yanukovich that is now hiding in Russia, once sent Yuliya Tymoshenko to prison. Now the first number of Yuliya Tymoshenko’s block is kept in Russian prison. When will be she released? As well as Oleg Sentsov and at least 30 more Ukrainian prisoners of war kept in Russia.'”

  34. December 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I don’t think i’d enjoy that movie. 120 minutes of “McCain pissing up a rope” while I’m sitting in a dark theater – no thanks.

  35. December 18, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    President Poroshenko is not playing with Vlad …

    “President Petro Poroshenko has submitted the draft Law “On Amendments to Several Laws of Ukraine on the Abolition of the Non-Aligned Policy of Ukraine” for consideration by Verkhovna Rada. The Head of State has noted that the given draft law should be urgently considered by the Parliament.”

    Ukraine is categorically moving ‘Westward.’

  36. December 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Truly impressive ….

  37. 101 vcprezofan2
    December 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Toodle-di-doo! Off to try and offset the 3½ hours sleep I got last night.

    • December 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      I am going to be close behind. Husband had prostate surgery (cleaned out……everything should be okay) this morning. We had to be at hospital at 5:30, woke at 4:30 and couldn’t go back to sleep. He napped a lot this afternoon. I had couple “cat naps” so I am about to fall asleep sitting here.

      Catch you lovely people on the flip side.

  38. December 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

  39. December 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm

  40. December 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    “The damage from the WikiLeaks affair was less severe or long-lasting than many people in the government predicted. But it did nothing to dissuade the Obama administration from the idea that diplomatic negotiations, like mushrooms, thrive best in the dark.

    Three of President Obama’s top diplomatic achievements — the reopening of ties with Cuba, announced this week; the interim nuclear agreement with Iran; and the climate change pact with China — resulted from secret negotiations. Some were held in exotic locales like the Vatican and the Arab sultanate of Oman; others in less exotic places like Boston and Ottawa.

    What they had in common was a small team of negotiators, strict discipline and tight control by the White House. In the case of Cuba, the entire American delegation consisted of two negotiators, one of whom — Benjamin J. Rhodes — is a trusted aide and speechwriter who has worked for the president since his 2008 campaign.

    In plotting its Cuba overture, the administration clearly drew on the success of its secret back-channel talks with Iran. While the United States took part in very public, multiparty talks with Iran over its nuclear program, Mr. Obama authorized a small delegation to make contact with Iran directly to see if there was any hope that the gaps could be bridged.”

  41. December 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Officials: U.S. embassy in Havana soon

    Though President Barack Obama’s decision Wednesday to normalize relations with the Castro government in Havana upends longstanding U.S. policy, a State Department official said Thursday that the process of restoring diplomatic ties between the former adversaries is “relatively straightforward.”

    Full diplomatic recognition can be established through an exchange of letters or notes and doesn’t require a formal legal treaty or agreement, said Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, who will attend talks with Cuban officials in January in Havana to begin hammering out the details of an agreement.

    Following that, the U.S. would sever the 53-year arrangement it’s had with the Swiss government in Havana to protect U.S. diplomats, who work out of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.

    “That will be done as soon as possible,” Jacobson said. “Whereupon we would transition to becoming an embassy and we would change the sign on our mission.”


  42. December 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    “Today we inspected the goods detained by the volunteer Donbas Battalion at Lysychansk. And again, [we were] accused of dooming the poor children and pensioners of Donbas to starvation, by denying the passage of food products and baby foods. However, we failed to notice even a hint of baby products – instead, the trucks were crammed with vodka, cognac, beer, cigarettes, and champagne (perhaps those are all treats for children, for kindergarten New Year’s celebrations).

    To date, the only shipment of children’s food [we encountered] was a van with cream of wheat, which was released yesterday and successfully headed toward Donetsk.
    Based on what I saw and heard over these two days, I made the following conclusions:

    None of the carriers can clearly explain the final destination of the goods. If this is humanitarian aid, there is supposed to be a mechanism for getting it to civilians. Instead, part of the goods heads to the terrorists’ warehouses, and the rest to local shops, where they are sold to civilians. Firstly, what kind of “hum-aid” is that, if one needs to pay for it? Secondly, because of being on the occupied territory, businessmen [who sell the goods] do not pay a hryvnia of taxes into the budget of Ukraine. The goods are exported from Ukraine, and then, because all businesses in Donbas are under racket protection of the terrorists, the money made from selling these exports goes to finance the very same terrorism. It goes towards purchases of equipment and weapons which are then used to kill our brothers.”

    Oh, and this ….

  43. December 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

  44. December 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

  45. December 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I guess POTUS, FLOTUS, and the girls is getting ready for their trip to Hawaii tomorrow.

  46. 123 Paulita
    December 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Good evening TOD.

    Meta, I add my condolences to the loss of your brother. I lost a brother in December, and last year I had to put down my companion of 18 yrs. (my Gypsy Manteca, a sweet, gorgeous, charismatic Maine Coon), so my sympathies and prayers also to those who have all lost loved ones.

    On another note: I voted for Bill Clinton the first time because he promised to normalize relations with Cuba. That to me was the first sign of a common sense approach to foreign policy. I did not vote for him the second time because I thought he was weak and a liar. And his wife sharpened her political chops at his side. They surround themselves with professional liars, and schemers; that is why they triangulate and are reactionary; they cannot trust that they won’t be sabotaged by leaks or backstabbing.

    The fact that the Obama admin. is tight, and virtually leak proof, is one of their biggest assets, and what drives their opponents and the press corps., (I know, same thing!), crazy.

    Appreciate the tweets Nerdy. I commented a few days ago that you and Chips deserve the Medal of Freedom for what you do here. 🙂

  47. 125 desertflower
    December 18, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    ” The fact that the Obama admin. is tight, and virtually leak proof, is one of their biggest assets, and what drives their opponents and the press corps., (I know, same thing!), crazy.” Very astute observation, Paulita:) I’m pretty sure you’re right!

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