739 Arizonans Enrolled in Obamacare

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A grand total of 739 Arizonans signed up for health insurance through the federal health insurance exchange set up by Obamacare.

Nationwide, 106,185 people have selected healthcare plans through the marketplace, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This is the first release of enrollment numbers since the website was rolled out, on October 1.

Of those 106,185 people across the country who have picked a plan, fewer than 27,000 of them actually signed up through the federally run marketplace, while the rest signed up through state-run marketplaces. Arizona uses the federal marketplace.

The well-publicized troubles with the healthcare.gov website undoubtedly have affected the enrollment numbers. It's been reported that the Obama administrated expected 500,000 people to sign up in the first month.

In Arizona, applications were filled out for nearly 33,000 people, although most of those people didn't make it all the way to the final step of selecting a plan.

According to HHS stats, more than 20,700 of those people were determined to be eligible to enroll through the exchange, while more than 11,000 were actually found to be eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The full report can be found on the next page.

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Steve Machol
Steve Machol

"Not political." "Socialist dictator." "Dumbocrats." Yeah right.

Luis Antonio Salazar
Luis Antonio Salazar

On Obama video see what he says on the Affordable Care Act and what the Wealthy's people on America in Rep Congress are doing. Also, Ted Cruz knew law was going to pass either way. He did the filibuster to gain political attention and get famous. Top Republicans in Congress know this and don't like this. Ted Cruz is also a sell-out to Hispanics. I don't know about you but I would not trust someone that betrays his own kind for political gain.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

that's insane. The republicans didn't do this. I don't like most republican politicians either, but you can't blame anyone but obama and the dumbocrats for this one. what's happening now was by design. It's how the obamacare law is intended to work (you remember, that law passed by 100% democrats, that law that none of them read before voting for it). this was all predictable because obamacare was intended to force people of reasonably priced plans and onto the exchange where healthy, hardworking people with jobs will pay twice as much for less coverage so people who don't want to pay for their own medical care can have free insurance, allowing them to spend 'their' money on I-phones, X-boxes, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, or whatever they want while others pay for their healthcare. now the obamacare problems republicans and fox news have been warning about for years are coming true. And ted cruz is looking pretty smart right about now. All these people saw these problems coming but our liar in chief obama claims he had no clue? what's worse... being stupid or being a liar?

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

no what's sad is that so far 5million people lost their insurance so that 106,000 could get 'affordable' insurance...NOT. Nothing is free. other people are paying dearly for your friend's 'free' insurance. Disabled veterans like my husband and I, and millions more had their insurance policy cancelled so Obama could give 'free' insurance to others. Hope they enjoy it.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

Well it looks like Keith isn't interested in your "I'm getting lower rates at your expense" conversation. I can't blame him. And you said you don't want to talk to people who have their mind made up anyway, right? As I told you, I'm a registered independent and I call out republicans and democrats when they're wrong. And speaking of off topic replies... aren't you the one who tried to change the subject to education? Yep that's related alright. You haven't disputed any facts. Your argument is, my rates went down. Yay for you and big surprise that the rest of us who are paying for your discount aren't thrilled for you. And your question to Keith about who will pay his ER bill is hypocritical if others are subsidizing your lower cost insurance.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

Steve, the only axe I have to grind is not political, it's because a socialist dictator had my insurance cancelled and now he thinks he can just tell insurance companies to give it back. Has he heard of congress or balance of powers maybe? I'm a registered Independent, a veteran and a patriotic american who will stand up when my rights are violated, whether by a democrat or republican. I vote for ideas, not party affiliation. And when republicans are wrong, I call them out too. But the DUMBOCRATS did this without republican votes, so it's their baby and they need to own that. The liar in chief, assisted by ALL DEMOCRATS in congress at the time, forced this law on the american people without even reading it first. They still probably wouldn't have understood most of it anyway. And you would be happy to discuss this further with someone who hasn't already made up their mind? As if you haven't. You mean you'd be happy to discuss this further with misinformed people who you can convince you are right? Good luck with that. And best wishes to you too. I sure hope you make good use of your new lower cost insurance since myself and other hardworking americans are helping to pay for it.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

so Mary Doe, you said over and over that it's factually incorrect for me to say my policy was cancelled because of obamacare. well obama admitted I was right in his speech today. he said he's going to allow insurance companies to keep people's 'sub-standard' policies that were cancelled due to obamacare in force for another year. why would he say that if insurance companies weren't forced by obamacare to cancel those policies in the first place? he also admitted that he knew some people would lose their policies even though he promised they could keep their insurance if they like it. he said yesterday he thought 98% wouldn't be affected and the other 2% would like their new policy better. so he had to know some policies would be cancelled. and to think it was only 2% when republicans warned all along that many more would lose insurance... either he's still lying or he's too stupid to be president.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

this website failure is a perfect example of why government should be kept at a minimum. if this were a private site the company would fail. the luxury the government has is they have mandated ( forced) people to participate therefore there is no need for customer care or convenience. no different than waiting in live at the dmv.... they don't care that your Time is precious, you haven't s code but to grin and bear their failings.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

27,000 signed up nationwide. That's the population of Florence AZ.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The denial of Obama supporters is simply stunning.

Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie
Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie

I think that's sad considering how many uninsured people there are in this state, there should be some sort of public awareness campaign about it. I have a friend in Northern AZ, her family of 5 signed up on healthcare.gov, no problem, FREE insurance for them!

Luis Antonio Salazar
Luis Antonio Salazar

this is because powerful wealthy conservatives in congress keep investing billions to make this not work. For example, negative advertising, false groups, ted cruz, fox news, and more..

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

From the country that created Apple and Microsoft, we get a website that doesn't work, on the taxpayer's back. Fabulous.

Steve Machol
Steve Machol

Shannon, ny question was for Keith. You are only trolling with off-topic replies. We get it. You don't like 'Obamacare' - almost certainly for political reasons. Clearly nothing I say is ever going to change that so I'm not going to waste my time trying. Peace out! :)

Steve Machol
Steve Machol

Shannon, actually I don't like being forced to use insurance but because of the insane fear of a single-payor system, it's the only way I can get medical care. As I said, I would rather have Medicare for all. You clearly have a political axe to grind as is your right. I would be happy to discuss this further but not with someone who already has their mind made up and relies on misinformation. BTW, I noticed in another post you said you qualified for VA benefits but did't want to use them. As was correctly pointed out, you are not eligible for the Marketplace. I do wish you and your husband the best though.

Christopher Allan
Christopher Allan

I tried signing up but couldn't finish it, for whatever reason. I'll try again next month and hope they have the kinks worked out.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

People need to remember their history, or for those that were not alive then too remember it, they need to learn it.

In the summer of 1965 when Medicare was put in place, 45% of the populace that was born between 1890 and 1920 did not have birth certificates or any other form of ID that showed a date of birth. 

Applicants were showing tattoos and relatives gravestones as a way of proving their age, people were having to have relatives swear affidavits as to when their children were born, people were having to hop through a lot more hoops than now....

Was it perfect? Hell no. Did it have problems? Yes.

But it worked. It got fixed and It's still working. It's a program that NO ONE wants to get rid of, especially the old fart republicans who are receiving it even though those same old fart republicans were against it at first.

And that was a rollout for a program that covered 20M people.... not 400 Million people

When Medicare Part D was rolled out, by GWB and had all kinds of problems, people could not get ANY medications, even life saving ones due to computer glitches and failures- the states had to step in.

I don't remember anyone, Republican or Democrat acting like the Republicans are today.. I don't remember a single Democrat attempting to defund Medicare Part D and holding the country or some other piece of legislation hostage to do it.

Everyone, EVERYONE needs to calm the hell down and give it a chance, and honest chance to either work or fail on it's merits, not on propaganda and deliberate sabotage.

Interesting article slant Matthew... frankly I had come to expect more from you, like knowing history and seeing the parallels rather than feeding the propaganda machine.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Shannon Hubbard

You must get paid by the letter from the Republitards to troll and post bullshit lies

"I found a dentist who would give me a 50% discount to pay cash"... ROFLMFAO!!!!!! Tell us another funny BULLSHIT lie!!!

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

And BTW, when republicans were warning everybody how bad obamacare would be, they were called FEARMONGERERS. Turns out the were right. And the dumbocrats really didn't see this coming. I'm not sure which is worse, being a liar or being totally incompetent. Many republicans are dirtbag liars too, but republicans all voted against this. they didn't pass it. EVERY DEMOCRAT VOTED FOR IT. Obamacare is the democrat's baby. i'mI'm an independent so I think they're all crooks, but the republicans did try to stop obamacare and warned about much of what is happening now.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

And again, if your premiums went down considerably under obamacare, you are clearly being subsidized by the rest of us. When you pay the entire cost of your own insurance, then tell me how happy you are. like I said before, who wouldn't like a handout.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

education is a whole different subject where the federal govt also over-reaches. But that has nothing to do with obamacare

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

steve - if insurance companies 'provide nothing of value' why are we being forced to buy their products? I don't know about your insurance company, but mine negotiated fees that brought my kid's $12,000 ER bill down to $1,200. I would call that 'something of value'. If you really believe they offer nothing of value, then you should really be especially pissed that your being forced to buy their product.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

And if your obamacare is. Cheaper than you could otherwise get, you're being subsidized by the rest of us who are paying more. So of course you like it. Everyone loves handouts, except the hardworking people who have to pay for them.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jonnyquest 

So you walk into a car dealership and buy the first car you see instead of shopping all the models and doing your homework? 

That's what's happening, nothing more.. but then again, I would expect you to make short sighted and unresearched decisions since you make short sighted and unresearched comments... just like this one.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jonnyquest 

Still nowhere near as stunning as Republican stupidity and arrogance

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

you are all about telling people what they need to do, aren't you.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Since you're such a historian, maybe you know if Medicare was sold with a lie as well.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Shannon Hubbard 

Liar, plain and simple

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

No, I researched it. That's about the population of Florence.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Barrack Obama "I'M THE PRESIDENT! NOBODY TELLS ME HOW TO RUN THIS COUNTRY!" Thumping chest.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

If you're talking about Arpaio supporters, I'd have to say they're neck and neck with Obama supporters.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 

I have a question... did you finish grade school? High School? College???

The reason I ask is even a 5th grader has enough reading comprehension, understanding of context and understanding of the English language to know that I did not tell anyone what to do, I expressed my opinion

Clearly you either never completed 5th grade or really really badly need to go back and repeat it.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

Dennis, I don't want to make you cry and run to your boyfriend for help. it's cute how he coddled you.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks @Flyer9753 @yourproductsucks2  Hmmm. YPS tells Flyer "Someone needs to slap the stupid out of you." That sounds a bit like YPS may be condoning violence against women to me.  

Given the fact that Flyer is sharing history everyone really should learn and given the fact that historical data offends you so much YPS,  perhaps you shouldn't load your weapon before you leave for work today. You seem to be even more unstable than usual and I am tired of reading about another shooting of an unarmed person because of a cowardly cop suffering an identity crisis. 

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Flyer9753 @yourproductsucks2 People need to remember their history, or for those that were not alive then too remember it, they need to learn it.


Everyone, EVERYONE needs to calm the hell down and give it a chance, and honest chance to either work or fail on it's merits, not on propaganda and deliberate sabotage.


Stating. "everyone needs to..." and "people need to..." is, in fact, you telling people what they need to do.  

Someone needs to slap the stupid out of you.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The question you should answer is whether Obamacare would have passed if Obama hadn't brazenly lied. If you think it would have, why are Dems in a dither to change the ACA to force insurance companies to continue the policies that were canceled BECAUSE OF OBAMACARE?!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jonnyquest

And the way you are putting the question is attempting to deliberately put words in my mouth rather than asking the question. You converse like a 2yr old.

As to auto-insurance. The conversation was about "didn't LBJ promise that if we liked our health insurance, we could keep it" which is an inference about Obamas statements about keeping your insurance if you like it.

Now in your latest comment, you are taking 2 separate aspects of something and trying to hold them up as though they were the same, which they are not. It's bad faith arguing and you know it.

So the question still stands. If the car insurance you have does not meet the minimum standards for car insurance, do you get to keep it? No, you either get a policy that does or you don't have insurance and subsequently get fined when you are caught without insurance.

Now, as to your comparison of 2 unrelated things (mandatory insurance and uninsured motorist coverage), if you don't have car insurance on a car you own, your registration for that car is revoked and if you drive it, you pay a fine when caught.

Well if you don't have health insurance on that body you own, you pay a fine so that when you drive it and get hurt, then go to the hospital and don't pay your bill, it does not affect the rest of us to the extent it does now.

In many respects "uninsured body coverage" is exactly what the ACA is, for everyone.

Yes, mandatory car insurance DOES work since I have insurance and when my car is damaged I am not out of pocket a life crippling amount. 

Maybe you can afford to drop over a million in a shot if injured in a car accident, but most people cannot without it destroying their lives.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

You're the one holding mandatory auto insurance as a model not me. Does it work? Do you carry uninsured motorist coverage? I do.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

George Bush was a lying bastard who solidified the authoritarian surveilence state we have now. Barrack Obama is a lying bastard who is solidifying the authoritarian, surveillance state we have now.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jonnyquest 

That is not at all what I said no matter how hard you try to put those words in my mouth.

Why is it you can never have a conversation without attempting to put words in the other persons mouth?

Clearly you are unable to refute the truth of my comment, since instead of refuting it, you attempt to put words in my mouth.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

So you're saying Obamacare will work as well as mandatory auto insurance? Any idea how many uninsured motorists there are?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jonnyquest 

Are you allowed to keep car insurance that does not meet state minimums? No.

This is no different.

You can stay with your doctor if you like him, just get him to accept the plan you are on, if he chooses not to, that's on him, no one else.

As to the rest of your comment, it has nothing to do with the subject at hand, so your rant is meaningless

Unless of course you want to talk about Bush telling the American people we were "100% positive" that Saddam had WMD's - where are those again? Oh that's right, they don't exist and never did.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Well, didn't LBJ promise that if we liked our health insurance, we could keep it? And if we liked our doctor we could stay with him? Seems like I remember him going on to shake his finger at the camera and deny having sex with Miss Lewinsky.

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