ACA Record

Millions have health insurance who otherwise wouldn't.

Via WaPo: Record 31 million Americans have health-care coverage through Affordable Care Act, White House says

About 31 million Americans now have health-care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the White House announced Saturday, setting a record since the law, colloquially known as “Obamacare,” was enacted in 2010 under President Barack Obama.

Recognizing the imperfections of American health care, this is nonetheless a clear success story: millions of American have health insurance who otherwise would not had this legislation not passed.

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  1. Kurtz says:

    millions of American have health insurance who otherwise would not had this legislation not passed.

    Or if Republicans had been able to pass repeal and replace.

  2. gVOR08 says:

    IIRC Obama talked about the how support grew for the ACA after it’s passage, but that Ds didn’t get the political boost they should have gotten. He thinks Biden will do better at working the political side. As I’ve observed before, the beauty thing about being liberal is you can do well by doing good. But the doing well isn’t automatic.

  3. Kathy says:

    I believe something that Biden said when the bill was signed bears repeating: “This is a big f***ng deal.”

  4. gVOR08 says:

    Of course for many Republicans this is a bad thing, takers getting free stuff they didn’t earn. Something to be fought by not expanding Medicaid.

  5. Teve says:

    I need to find an ACA plan that has dental. My new job has very good aspects, but doesn’t deal with the fact that I grew up in a trailer park and I smile with my mouth closed. 😀

  6. Gustopher says:

    @Kathy: I wish Biden would just repeat it on national TV. Pull out a few fainting couches for the easily offended, let Biden’s potty mouth be the scandal du jour on the right.

    A folksy, Bidenesque f-bomb. “When we passed it, I was caught on a hot mike saying what a big deal it was, and I’ll repeat it now because it’s true… It’s a big f—— deal. We helped a lot of people…”

    Democrats need to shout their successes. And get Republicans to inadvertently repeat them.

  7. Jax says:

    I actually got several Trumpie friends to sign up, but I made very, very sure to never call it Obamacare, I always called it

  8. Tony W says:

    For me, it didn’t provide me healthcare – it enabled early retirement from a job that provided decent health coverage.

    That’s why it’s unpopular. It undermines corporate power and control over employees – it give folks options.

    Sure, I retired, but I could just as well have opened a firm to compete with my old employer, or negotiated for higher pay because I didn’t need the job for the healthcare benefits anymore.

    The employer healthcare system is 100% about corporate power.