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New ObamaCare Enrollments Far Outstripped By Cancellation Notices In 2014 States

- December 12, 2013

This Week, The Obama Administration Released Enrollment Figures Showing That 364,000 People Have Signed Up For ObamaCare Since The Exchanges Opened In October. "Obamacare enrollment picked up slightly in November but remains far short of the administration's initial targets. Roughly 264,000 people signed up for private insurance coverage last month through state and federal exchanges by the end of the month, according to data from the Health and Human Services Department. That brings the total to about 364,000 for October and November." (Sam Baker, "ObamaCare Enrollment: Climbing, But Still Falling Far Short," National Journal, 12/11/13)

5 Million People That Purchased Insurance On The Individual Health Insurance Market Have Received Cancellation Notices. "They said the widespread cancellations in the individual health insurance market - roughly 5 million and counting -- are in line with what was projected under regulations drawn up by the administration in 2010, requirements that both insurers and businesses objected to at the time. Cancellations also are occurring in the small group market, which covers businesses with between two and 50 employees, they noted." (Lisa Myers, "Insurers, State Officials Say Cancellation Of Health care Policies Just As They Predicted," NBC News , 11/15/13)

For Every One Person Nationwide Who Signed Up For ObamaCare, 13 People Received Cancellation Notices.

IN MANY 2014 STATES, THE RATIO OF CANCELLATION NOTICES TO NEW COVERAGE IS EVEN WORSE

Jeff Merkley Supports ObamaCare In Oregon, Where For Every One Person Who Signed Up For ObamaCare, 3,295 Received Cancellation Notices

To Date, 44 Oregonians Have Signed Up For ObamaCare. ("Health Insurance Marketplace: December Enrollment Report," Department Of Health And Human Services, 12/11/13, p.9)

According To The Associated Press, 145,000 Oregonians Have Received Cancellation Notices. ("Policy Notifications, By State," The Associated Press, 11/14/13)

In 2009, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Told Constituents "If You Like Your Current Health Insurance, You Will Be Able To Keep It. And You Will Be Able To Continue Seeing Your Current Doctor." "Q: I really like the health insurance and doctor that I have right now. Will health care reform mean that the government will choose my doctor instead? A: No. If you like your current health insurance, you will be able to keep it. And you will be able to continue seeing your current doctor." ("What Health Care Reform Means For You," Office Of Sen. Jeff Merkley, 8/11/09)

Kay Hagan Supports ObamaCare In North Carolina, Where For Every One Person Who Signed Up For ObamaCare, 52 Received Cancellation Notices

To Date, 8,970 North Carolinians Have Signed Up For ObamaCare. ("Health Insurance Marketplace: December Enrollment Report," Department Of Health And Human Services, 12/11/13, p.9)

473,000 North Carolinians Have Received Cancellation Notices Due To ObamaCare. "More than 473,000 people in North Carolina have lost their health insurance because of plan terminations, the state insurance department said." (John Murawski, "Despite Obama's Pledge, Future Of Cancelled Insurance Policies Not Certain In NC," News & Observer, 11/14/13)

Hagan: "If You've Got Health Insurance, In Our Country, You Keep It. Whatever We Do, I Don't Want To Dismantle Any System Where People Are Happy With The Coverage That They Have." (Sen. Kay Hagan, Remarks At HCAN Rally, 6/25/09)

Mary Landrieu Supports ObamaCare In Louisiana, Where For Every One Person Who Signed Up For ObamaCare, 42 Received Cancellation Notices

To Date, 2,193 Louisianans Have Signed Up For ObamaCare. ("Health Insurance Marketplace: December Enrollment Report," Department Of Health And Human Services, 12/11/13, p.10)

According To Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, 92,739 People Have Received Notices That Their Insurance Will Be Cancelled Due To ObamaCare. "His policy is among the 92,793 individual insurance plans that Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon reported would be discontinued because the coverage does not meet the coverage standards set by the federal Affordable Care Act." (Michelle Millhollon and Jordan Blum, "Business Owners Complain About Health Plan Changes," The Advocate, 11/7/13)

In An Interview Last Week, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Insisted That She Would Still Vote For ObamaCare Again If Given The Chance. LANDRIEU: "The Affordable Care Act, as I said, the bill itself, it's got very good concepts. And yes, I would support it again." ( WAFB, 12/4/13)

In 2009, Landrieu Said On The Floor Of The Senate That "Those Individuals Who Like The Coverage They Already Have Will Be Able To Keep Their Current Plan." LANDRIEU: "Individuals and small businesses that do not have coverage would be able to select a private insurance plan from a range of options sold on a National Insurance Exchange. Lower and middle income people would receive subsidies to help them afford this insurance, while those individuals who like the coverage they already have will be able to keep their current plan. This is a very accurate description of this bill before us--the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (Sen. Mary Landrieu, Floor Remarks, 12/22/09)

Gary Peters Supports ObamaCare In Michigan, Where For Every One Person Who Signed Up For ObamaCare, 32 Received Cancellation Notices

To Date, 6,847 Michiganders Have Signed Up For ObamaCare. ("Health Insurance Marketplace: December Enrollment Report," Department Of Health And Human Services, 12/11/13, p.10)

According To The Associated Press, 225,000 Michiganders Have Received Cancellation Notices. ("Policy Notifications, By State," The Associated Press, 11/14/13)

In March, Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) Celebrated The Third Anniversary Of ObamaCare's Passage And Attacked Republicans For Refusing To Set Up A State ObamaCare Exchange. "Today U.S. Rep. Gary Peters marked Saturday as the 3rd anniversary of the Affordable Care Act becoming law by highlighting the many ways it's helping families across Michigan. Peters also voiced his disappointment with Lansing Republicans for putting ideology above practical problem solving by refusing to partner in the health care exchange marketplace." (Press Release, "Congressman Gary Peters Marks The 3rd Anniversary Of The Affordable Care Act By Highlighting How It's Already Helping Michiganders," Rep. Gary Peters , 3/22/13)

In August Of 2009, Peters Echoed Obama's Broken Promise, And Assured His Constituents That "If You're Covered And You Like Your Insurance, You Can Keep It." "Illegal immigrants won't be covered, Peters said. Medicare benefitswon't change, and will include no co-pays for preventative care and a reduction in drug costs. And Congress isn't being treated any differently than anyone else who has employer-covered insurance, Peters said. 'If you're covered and you like your insurance, you can keep it,' he said." (Kathleen Gray, "Peters Queried, Not Booed, Over Health Care," Detroit Free Press, 8/20/09)

Charlie Crist Supports ObamaCare In Florida, Where For Every One Person Who Signed Up For ObamaCare, 18 Received Cancellation Notices

To Date, 17,908 Floridians Have Signed Up For ObamaCare. ("Health Insurance Marketplace: December Enrollment Report," Department Of Health And Human Services, 12/11/13, p.9)

According To The Associated Press, 330,000 Floridians Have Received Cancellation Notices. ("Policy Notifications, By State," The Associated Press, 11/14/13)

In August Of 2013, Charlie Crist (D-FL) Voiced Support For ObamaCare, Saying "Americans Deserve Health Coverage And I'm Glad The President Pushed It Forward." QUESTION: "What is it about the healthcare law that you feel that we should be supporting at this time? Especially given the fact that on October 1, we will be able to look at the policies and the exchanges." CRIST: "I think the most important part that should be supported, among other things, is the fact that preexisting conditions won't keep you from getting coverage going forward, under ObamaCare, which even the President now calls it. And the 26 year olds can stay on their parents' policies, I think that has really helped a lot of people throughout the country. And there are many, many more but Americans deserve health coverage and I'm glad the President pushed it forward." (Bayoubuzz.com, Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, 8/17/13)

Jeanne Shaheen Suports ObamaCare In New Hampshire, Where For Every One Person Who Signed Up For ObamaCare, 14 Received Cancellation Notices

To Date, 1,569 New Hampshirites Have Signed Up For ObamaCare. ("Health Insurance Marketplace: December Enrollment Report," Department Of Health And Human Services, 12/11/13, p.10)

22,000 Cancellation Notices Have Gone Out In New Hampshire. "In New Hampshire, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield says it has issued about 22,000 cancellation notices to holders of individual health care policies but is allowing people to renew those plans for another year as long as they renew them by this Friday, Nov. 15." (John DiStaso, "With Only 269 ACA Enrollments In NH, Shea-Porter, Kuster Back Republican 'Keep Your Health Plan' Bill," Union Leader, 11/13/13)

In September, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Attacked Republicans For Opposing ObamaCare And Praised The Law, Saying It Is "Having A Real Positive Impact Already On People's Lives." "At an event organized by the New Hampshire Women's Health Network and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Senator Shaheen praised the law as the single biggest advancement in women's health in her lifetime. And she urged participants to fight back against what she calls misinformation. 'If you listen to the rhetoric in Washington, one would think that when the law goes into effect with the exchanges on October 1st, that the world is gonna come to an end, or certainly, America as we know it,' says Shaheen. 'The fact is, it's having a real positive impact already on people's lives.' (Todd Bookman, "Sen. Shaheen Says Health Law Already Having Positive Impact," NHPR, 9/23/13)

In 2009, Shaheen Assured Americans That "Everyone Will Have The Freedom To Keep Their Health Care Plan If They Like It." SHAHEEN: "One common myth we have heard is that health reform is a government takeover of our health care system. This is simply not true. The truth is, health care reform is being driven by consumers who are concerned about the cost of health care and about their coverage, and it is being driven by the market because health care costs are so high that too many businesses and too many people cannot get the health care they need when they need it. Under the current legislation, everyone will have the freedom to keep their health care plan if they like it." (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Floor Remarks, 10/15/09)

Mark Begich Supports ObamaCare In Alaska, Where For Every One Person Who Signed Up For ObamaCare, 13 Received Cancellation Notices

To Date, 398 Alaskans Have Signed Up For ObamaCare. ("Health Insurance Marketplace: December Enrollment Report," Department Of Health And Human Services, 12/11/13, p.9)

5,360 Alaskans Have Received Cancellation Notices Due To ObamaCare. "Coon said discontinuation notices have gone to about 5,360 other members, who have been told they will be matched to new plans that are closest to what they had before in an effort to keep anyone from losing coverage." (Becky Bohrer, "Premera Sends Alaskans Health Policy Cancellation Notices, Will Offer New Plans," Anchorage Daily News, 11/1/13)

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) Continues To Proudly Defend His Vote For ObamaCare. "Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina will face voters in 2014 for the first time since voting for the Affordable Care Act - also known as 'Obamacare' - three years ago. They aren't apologizing for their vote, and several are pursuing an aggressive strategy: Embrace the law, help voters use it and fix what doesn't work. 'I don't run from my votes,' Begich told The Associated Press. 'Politicians who sit around and say, 'That's controversial so I better run from it,' just ask for trouble. Voters may not always agree with you, but they respect people who think about these issues and talk about them.'" (Bill Barrow, "Senate Dems' Answer On Health Care: Go On Offense," The Associated Press, 6/15/13)

  • Begich: "There's A Lot Of Good That People Will Realize As This All Comes Online." (Bill Barrow, "Senate Dems' Answer On Health Care: Go On Offense," The Associated Press, 6/15/13)

After Voting To Pass ObamaCare, Begich Claimed "Alaskans Who Have Health Insurance Now, And Are Happy With It, Can Keep It." "Alaskans who have health insurance now, and are happy with it, can keep it. While the thousands of Alaskans who do not have health insurance, or have insurance they can't really afford, will have access to an insurance exchange offering affordable health insurance choices. An estimated 52,000 Alaskans will quality for tax credits to help purchase affordable health coverage." (Press Release, "Sen. Begich Statement On Passage Of Health Reform Bill," Sen. Mark Begich, 12/24/09)


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