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NC fifth nationally in enrollment under health law

Posted January 13

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— Almost 108,000 people in North Carolina signed up for health coverage through the online marketplace between October and the end of December, according to federal figures released Monday.

The 107,778 enrollees places North Carolina fifth nationally for the number of people seeking health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said. California led the way, followed by Florida, New York and Texas.

California and New York operate their own online exchanges, while North Carolina, Florida and Texas offer health plans through the federal HealthCare.gov site.

Nationwide, 2,153,421 people have enrolled in coverage so far – six times higher than 364,682 who had signed up by the end of November but still a far cry from the 7 million people the Obama administration wants signed up by March 31.

"Americans are finding quality affordable coverage in the marketplace, and best of all, because coverage began on New Year’s Day, the promise and hope of the Affordable Care Act is now a reality,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. “Our outreach efforts have ramped up, so whether it’s through public service announcements, events, our champions or other means, we are doing all we can to find, inform and enroll those who can benefit from the marketplace."

Of the nearly 2.2 million enrollees, 54 percent are women and 46 percent are men; 24 percent are ages 18 to 34; and 79 percent qualified for federal subsidies to lower their monthly premiums.

In North Carolina, the numbers were similar: 57 percent are women and 43 percent are men; 23 percent are ages 18 to 34; and 89 percent qualified for subsidies.

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  • Red Sox Nation Jan 14, 12:30 p.m.

    FOODSTAMPTRADER - Wow!! You really show your true ignorance by referring to people that are less fortunate then you as "parasites". When you are done whining, please go take a look in the mirror so you will be able to truly see what is wrong with America.

  • RI Yankee Jan 14, 8:47 a.m.

    5th in the nation with just over 107,000 enrolled. I wouldn't call that a success for the ACA.

  • namelesssniper Jan 14, 8:47 a.m.

    So 79% of the enrollees are taking my tax dollars to pay for their problems? Because the government has no money they do not take from other citizens.

  • foodstamptrader Jan 14, 8:45 a.m.

    Is this any surprise? The federal government offers more free/reduced cost benefits to the subsidized class (at the expense of responsible working taxpayers) and they flock to it like flies to a pile of fresh dung! 90% of NC enrollees are subsidized. Yay! Victory. It is now applauded when more parasites line up to take the handouts as the working middle class gets hosed.

    The bottomline of Osamacare is that if you are in the subsidized class you get a deal, if you are not in the taker class, and have to pay the full cost, you are going to get hurt, badly.

    More unfairness from Obama and his redistribution obsession targeted to ruin the middle class.

    Osamacare will not be sustainable without massive taxpayer bailouts and subsidies. But, they knew this when they wrote the piece of trash. The insurance industry told them what to do....

  • bmac813 Jan 14, 8:34 a.m.

    Dr. Sanchez, Tell Obama and the Liberals That.
    The only One's who are going to make out of this Health care Plan are the Insurance Company's and People on Medicaid who don't pay for their Insurance anyway.
    The Insurance Comp. already Raise their Prices.
    Keep your Doctor, Keep Your ins. and it will save Family's $2,500. a Year, ALL LIES

  • veryfrustrated1 Jan 13, 7:37 p.m.

    "You mean like helping to pay a poor kid's cancer?"

    What happens if I have sick child myself that I need to pay for? Can I look after my own child or do I have to pay for yours 1st? And yes I know. My query is just as ridiculous as yours!

  • OleNCNative Jan 13, 7:18 p.m.

    Isn't it ironic that the leftists who say that we should ALL be "responsible" & buy... View More

    — Posted by veryfrustrated1

    You mean like helping to pay a poor kid's cancer?

  • Dr Sanchez Jan 13, 6:57 p.m.

    I'm sick of people complaining about this. Be responsible humans. The US has the most expensive system in the world because citizens want to not have to spend money on their healthcare until they get so sick they have to use the system, and then cost the rest of us major $$$. The irony is that those who don't want the government to help those who need the help cost us the most. If you havent had health insurance, the fact is you are costing responsible citizens major money because of your irresponsibility. Citizens who refused health insurance and could afford it should be denied access to health care unless they could have paid for it cash up front.

  • mrschizzy Jan 13, 6:44 p.m.

    The ONLY reason we bought insurance through ObamaCare is because we had no choice. My husband and I are both contractors and we don't get insurance through work. Based on the previous plans we have had, the "moderate" priced plan that we could afford is more expensive overall and offers less coverage. A plan identical to what we used to have has double the deductible and also less coverage. If I had another choice, I would go anywhere else other than this mess!

  • Dr Sanchez Jan 13, 6:01 p.m.

    Well at least Healthcare.gov is working. Maybe Wos and McCrory should follow the POTUS and accept ownership of the DHHS issues versus running out the back doors and avoiding questions about the problems which they said were fixed last month, but the press showed as having gotten worse exponentially.

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