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Health law: 8 million chose new plan under law

Published: Thu, May 1, 2014 @ 2:30 p.m.

The Obama administration says 8 million Americans chose a health plan on the new insurance markets in the first year of the historic health care overhaul.

More than 4.8 million more people gained coverage through Medicaid and children's insurance programs, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Numbers released today show a surge in enrollment since March 1 — doubling in some states including Texas, Georgia and Florida.

But the numbers were disappointing for one group. Hispanics account for more than 14 percent of those eligible for coverage on the new markets. But they represent less than 11 percent of enrollees who also volunteered their race or ethnicity.


1billdog1(1219 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh watch the numbers increase next year when people that are used to getting mega tax returns don't because they have no health insurance. The first year they will be all independent touting their antihealthcare. The following year they will be waiting in line to get signed up. Most would be eligible for medicaid anyhow.

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2billdog1(1219 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Again eivo, I don't care if they don't have health care. I'm one that believes if you don't want to purchase it, than hospitals and doctors should have the right to refuse you services if you can't afford to pay for their services. Why should they have to work for free for a low life that don't wish to pay for services? If you work, which I question, do you go there give them your all when they refuse to compensate you?

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3gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

First these right wingers complain about these freeloaders getting something for nothing. Now when these supposed freeloaders are being pushed to get health insurance they complain about that. A big part of our medical costs are because of these people walking out of hospitals paying nothing. MAKE UP YOUR MINDS! and once again I notice the people complaining about the freeloaders are doing it in the middle of the day when the rest of us are working.

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4gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Spoken like a true azz hall! This is a typical one, didn't get anything that it's simple little mind could comprehend. But wait, this mooch has all day tomorrow to think up more vitriol comments to make about freeloaders while we will all be at work.

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5Jerry(498 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

OK, so we know that we're all paying for the 4.8 million new Medicaid recipients.

The questions to ask about the supposed 8 million other enrollees are:

How many are paying and how many are subsidized?

Of those that are paying, how much are they paying, and will it cover the costs of their healthcare in addition to those that are not paying?

How many of these enrollees had prior insurance and are really not newly insured?

Why, in this age of instant information, is this particular information somehow mysteriously unavailable????

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