The deadline to sign up for Obamacare has come and gone and millions of American's now have health insurance, but does this mean the battle is over? Does this mean everyone understands the law or better yet how to comply with the law? Of course not. One thing is for certain Obamacare is now the law of the land and it's not going away, no matter how much our leaders, you or I spend time bickering over it.
Just so everyone fully understands, Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. Yep, Covered California and the new Medi-Cal roll out for California residents is also part of the Affordable Care Act. No matter where you live or what your state may be calling it, its all the Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare.
Millions of American's from all over the country scramble to meet the midnight deadline to avoid having to pay a penalty and according to President Obama today in a new conference Obamacare hit enrollment goal with 7.1 million sign-ups. This surprising last minute surge in sign ups is a complete victory for the White House after a shaky rollout of the plan that had many Republicans circling like sharks in bloody water, but in true Obama fashion, the POTUS and his administration were steadfast with moving forward despite a barrage of criticism from members of congress and even American's. Media outlets added fuel to the fire by reporting half truths about how Obamacare would destroy the country and force.
Today the POTUS spoke to the shaky start and even admitted that there were major problems with the rollout. He even said he is very sure there will be more problems to come, but said change never comes easy and how hard and even how long change can take. Millions of American's, myself included can now rest knowing that we have access to care and prevention.
Tonight, for the first time in in the history of this country people who have not had access to basic healthcare has changed and American's all over the country are embracing it. Many taking to social media to share their gratitude. "That's what the (law) is all about, making sure all of us and all our fellow citizens can count on the security of health care when we get sick," he said, adding "law is doing what it's supposed to do. It's working."
Kathleen Sebelius, Health of Human Services Secretary, told an Oklahoma TV station on Monday that insurers were reporting 80% to 90% had paid. Not included in the sign up total are the poor from many states with expanded Medicaid and Medi-Cal.
Bottom line is this, millions of American's now have basic health care and that will go a along way to shortening long wait times in emergency rooms all over the country. Those with preexisting conditions can not be turned away or be forced to meet a hefty deductible. Seniors no longer have to make choice of going without their medications. Millions of American's are now able to simply go to the doctor when they are sick instead of suffering though it home.