3.3 Million Enrolled in PPACA Plans

healthcare reformMy Comments: When the PPACA rolled out, most of us in the insurance business, especially those of us with a background in health insurance, knew that it was flawed. We knew that some of it was put together in a hurry under political pressure. While it addressed major problems in the unsustainable status quo, revisions would have to be made.

For years now, virtually none of those revisions have been addressed. And then the actual rollout of the website turned into a mess of major proportions. During these past years, the Supreme Court upheld the basic premise of the law. Now we see that 3.3 million people have signed up for coverage. Granted, this is way short of what was projected and what needs to happen.

And yet there are still folks in Congress trying to reverse it and make it go away. Instead of trying to create a mindset that its a terrible law, why not spend the same time and energy fixing what is wrong with it. Even they don’t argue that the basic premise is valid, just that the guy in the White House who put it in play is not valid.

Having successfully raised two children and watching my daughter and her husband raise our grandson, I’m reminded of how young children try to avoid the basic tenets of life by whining, screaming and having temper tantrums. All that energy wasted and nothing to show for it. In the end, they washed their hands before dinner, had their bath, went to bed, and eventually cleaned up their rooms.

By Alex Wayne / February 12, 2014

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — Obamacare health plans enrolled 3.3 million people through January, with young adult participants increasing 65 percent from a month earlier, the U.S. government said.

Private health plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enrolled 807,515 people ages 18 to 34 as of Jan. 31, an increase of 318,055 since December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said today in a report. The age group made up about 25 percent of those who had signed up for health coverage as of Jan. 31, the report showed.

The Obama administration has focused its outreach efforts on young Americans, hoping to reduce the proportion of sick people enrolled in health exchange plans. Television ads featuring former basketball star Magic Johnson are airing during National Basketball Association games, and celebrities including Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine have been recruited to promote the law.

“These encouraging trends show that more Americans are enrolling every day, and finding quality, affordable coverage in the marketplace,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.

California continues to lead the nation in enrollment, with 728,086 people selecting a plan by the end of January. The report didn’t include information on how many people have paid their first month’s premium, the final step required to complete enrollment.