This is going to make it very difficult for the opponents to repeal this. AVB
On the last day to sign up for Obamacare, evidence appears to be mounting that what started as a disaster may turn out a success.
Monday is the deadline to enroll in health insurance for 2014 via the health insurance exchanges created by President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and it’s clear that many waited until the last minute. The looming deadline and fear of the penalty for not getting covered has driven millions of people to the exchange websites, enrollment events and health insurance companies over the past few days.
The final rush could push the total number of private insurance enrollments well past the 6 million figure touted by the Obama administration last week. Obamacare sign-ups may wind up closer to the 7 million originally predicted for the first year.
“It’s kind of the lead-up to Christmas right now, and all the last-minute shoppers are out,” said Brian Lobley, senior vice president for marketing and consumer business at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.
The company, which serves the city and its surrounding suburbs, signed up 28,000 customers in less than three weeks in March. It signed up 90,000 in the five months prior.
Edward Patton, 43, became one of those last-minute sign-ups Saturday afternoon. Patton, who works at a gas station, stumbled onto an enrollment event at a ShopRite grocery store near his home in Philadelphia.
“I just came to pick up a couple things,” said Patton, who has never had health coverage before. He also picked up a “silver” level health insurance plan, the second-lowest level of coverage available on the exchanges, for $77.49 a month, including tax credits, which was far less than he expected to pay, he said. “This is good, just in case, because I barely get sick,” he said.
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I hope we can agree or agree not to agree any to case let’s keep it all civil