One in four non-elderly adults has a medical condition, ranging from diabetes to pregnancy to severe obesity to arthritis, that would make them uninsurable under the health coverage rules that prevailed before the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study.
Before President Obama's signature health-care law took effect, insurers could deny coverage to people buying individual health plans or charge them higher rates based on their health history, occupation or the medications they took. Through one of the law's most popular provisions, insurers can't deny people coverage — and the factors they use to determine people's premiums are extremely limited.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
Tags: Barack Obama, Health Care
President Obama announced Thursday that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, calling the feat a success story that Democrats should "forcefully defend and be proud of" in the face of Republican election-year attacks on the law.
The enrollment figure, revised upward from the 7.5 million signups that the administration had announced earlier this month, renewed hopes at the White House that Democrats will be able to overcome the initial rocky rollout of the health law in the fall as they battle to maintain control of the Senate in the midterms this fall.
"This thing is working," Obama said at an afternoon news conference. Of the GOP, he added: "They said no one would sign up. They were wrong about that. They are wrong to try to repeal a law that is working."
Categories: State Issues, National Issues
Obamacare is destroying the lives of hardworking, patriotic Americans. People on the television have assured me of that, and the supporting facts are pretty clearly laid out in the 579 emails my grandmother just forwarded to me.
But for some reason it's proving difficult to find these destroyed-life, hardworking, patriotic Americans.
It seems like every time a Republican lawmaker — or a conservative group like Americans for Prosperity — brings up a person suffering under the yoke of Obamacare, the fact-obsessed lamestream media swoop in and show that the person's situation is more nuanced and less suffering-ish.
Categories: Local Issues, 11th Congressional Dist.
Tags: Health Care, DuPage Twp Dems, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Jackie Traynere, Don Moran, ACA, Beth Rice, Ken Harris
Will County officials helped enroll 940 residents into the new federal health insurance system known as Obamacare in recent months, officials said.
The county health department's part in helping residents go online and choose a new health care plan was made possible by two grants that funded six counselors who worked to make the enrollment process run more smoothly, according to health department spokesman Vic Reato.
The 940 residents enrolled from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 the number likely would have been higher if not for the fact that county employees were on strike for three weeks late last year, Reato said.