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8 Million People Have Signed Up For Private Health Coverage Thanks To The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).


By Jueseppi B.



President Obama: 8 Million People Have Signed Up for Private Health Coverage


Speaking from the White House Briefing Room this afternoon, President Obama announced that 8 million Americans have signed up for private health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.





President Obama Speaks to the Press


Published on Apr 17, 2014

Before taking questions from the press in the White House Press Briefing Room, President Obama announces that 8 million people signed up for private health coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. April 17, 2014.








He noted that 35 percent of those people are under 35 years old.


What’s more, costs associated with expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act are lower than expected:




And health care costs are growing at the slowest level on record. That slower growth in spending is reflected across Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance:




Take a look at a few more important numbers, from a fact sheet released today:


  • 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old, and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in its first year of health reform.


  • 3 million young adults gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act by being able to stay on their parents’ plan.


  • 3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of February, compared to before the Marketplaces opened. Medicaid and CHIP enrollment continues year-round.


  • 5 million people are enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards outside the Marketplace, according to a CBO estimate. When insurers set premiums for next year, they are required to look at everyone who enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards, both inside and outside the Marketplace.


  • 5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016 because 24 states have chosen not to expand Medicaid — even though this expansion would be of no cost to states, as the President pointed out in today’s briefing.




The bottom line, as the President said: “This thing is working.




FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers



The Affordable Care Act is working.  It is giving millions of middle class Americans the health care security they deserve, it is slowing the growth of health care costs and it has brought transparency and competition to the Health Insurance Marketplace.


  • 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in their first year of health reform.


  • 3 million young adults gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act by being able to stay on their parents plan.


  • 3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of February, compared to before the Marketplaces opened. Medicaid and CHIP enrollment continues year-round.


  • 5 million people are enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards outside the Marketplace, according to a CBO estimate. When insurers set premiums for next year, they are required to look at everyone who enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards, both on and off the Marketplace.


  • 5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016 because 24 States have not expanded Medicaid.





  • Health care costs are growing at the slowest level on record:Since the law passed, real per capita health care spending is estimated to have grown at the lowest rate on record for any three-year period and less than one-third the long-term historical average stretching back to 1960. This slower growth in spending is reflected in Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.


  • CBO projects the deficit will shrink more and premiums will be lower than expected: CBO previously estimated that the ACA will reduce the deficit by $1.7 trillion over two decades, and, just this week, CBO concluded that lower-than-expected Marketplace premiums and other recent developments will cut $104 billion from our deficit over the next ten years. The CBO report also projects that lower-than-expected premiums will help to save $5 billion this year, and that lower premiums will persist in the years ahead, remaining 15 percent below projections by 2016 (the only year in which CBO provides a precise estimate).


  • Medicare spending growth is down: Medicare per capita spending is growing at historically low rates.  This week, for the fifth straight year, the CBO reduced its projections for Medicare spending over the next 10 years – this time by $106 billion.  CBO projects that Medicare and Medicaid costs in 2020 will be $180 billion below its 2010 estimates.  Recent economic research suggests that the ACA’s reforms to Medicare may have “spillover effects” that reduce costs and improve quality across the health care system, not just in Medicare.






  • Up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions – including up to 17 million children – no longer have to worry about being denied health coverage or charged higher premiums because of their health status.


  • 71 million Americans with private insurance have gained coverage for at least one free preventive health care service such as mammograms, birth control, or immunizations in 2011 and 2012.


  • In 2013, 37 million people with Medicare received at least one preventive service at no out of pocket cost.


  • Approximately 60 million Americans have gained expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and/or federal parity protections.


  • Since the health care law was enacted, almost 8 million seniors havesaved nearly $10 billion on prescription drugs as the health care law closes Medicare’s “donut hole.”


  • 105 million Americans no longer have to worry about having their health benefits cut off after they reach a lifetime limit.


@BarackObama The Affordable Care Act is working—for millions of Americans.

The Affordable Care Act is working—for millions of Americans.


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New ObamaCARES Projections Released Monday By The Congressional Budget Office.*


By Jueseppi B.




*GOP picked another loser.





From Business Insider:


This CBO Report Is Another Big Win For Obamacare




More than 12 million people will gain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year, according to new projections released by the Congressional Budget Office Monday. And millions more stand to benefit from the law over the next decade.



At the same time, the law’s costs to the federal government are shrinking. According to the new projections, the federal government will spend more than $100 billion less on Obamacare’s coverage provisions through 2024 than previously projected. That includes a downward estimate of about $5 billion this year. Overall, spending on the federal and state insurance exchanges are projected to cost 14% less than originally forecast.



The CBO said plans offered through the exchanges are narrower, allowing companies to keep premiums low and the federal government to pay less in subsidies. The lower spending projections on the Affordable Care Act will help shrink deficits overall. The CBO said the federal government will now run a deficit of $492 billion in fiscal year 2014, which is almost a 33% decrease from 2013.



Through both the federal and state insurance exchanges and the expansion of the federal Medicaid program under the law, the CBO projects more than 12 million people now have insurance who wouldn’t have normally been covered in the absence of the law. The CBO also projects 19 million people will gain coverage by 2015, 25 million more by 2016, and 26 million more by 2026.



In 2014, according to the CBO, about 6 million people gained insurance from the exchanges and close to 7 million people benefitted from the Medicaid expansion. Those gains reduced the number of uninsured in the U.S. to 42 million —16% of the population. By 2024, the CBO projects, about 89% of U.S. residents will have health insurance.



Here’s a chart from the CBO showing the parallel universe between a U.S. with the Affordable Care Act in 2024 and one without it:

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There’s one key difference between the CBO’s projections and a study released last week by RAND Corp., which said a net 9.3 million people had gained insurance coverage from September through March: The RAND study said most of those who gained coverage did so through employer-sponsored coverage, something the CBO said did not contribute to any relative gains in coverage.

The Obama administration has spent much of the past two weeks trumpeting the law in spite of a disastrous rollout. Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who resigned last week, said 7.5 million people had enrolled in plans through the exchanges by the end of the law’s first open enrollment period on March 31.

Thank you Business Insider.


Updated Budget Projections: 2014 to 2024





Updated Budget Projections: 2014 to 2024


As it usually does each spring, the Congressional Budget
Office (CBO) has updated the baseline budget projections
that it released earlier in the year.1 CBO now
estimates that if the current laws that govern federal taxes
and spending do not change, the budget deficit in fiscal
year 2014 will be $492 billion. Relative to the size of the
economy, that deficit—at 2.8 percent of gross domestic
product (GDP)—will be nearly a third less than the
$680 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2013, which was equal
to 4.1 percent of GDP.

This will be the fifth consecutive
year in which the deficit has declined as a share of GDP
since peaking at 9.8 percent in 2009 (see Figure 1).
But if current laws do not change, the period of shrinking
deficits will soon come to an end. Between 2015 and
2024, annual budget shortfalls are projected to rise substantially
from a low of $469 billion in 2015 to about
$1 trillion from 2022 through 2024—mainly because
of the aging population, rising health care costs, an
expansion of federal subsidies for health insurance, and
growing interest payments on federal debt. CBO expects
that cumulative deficits during that decade will equal
$7.6 trillion if current laws remain unchanged (see
Table 1). As a share of GDP, deficits are projected to rise
from 2.6 percent in 2015 to about 4 percent near the end
of the 10-year period. By comparison, the deficit averaged
3.1 percent of GDP over the past 40 years and
2.3 percent in the 40 years before fiscal year 2008, when
the most recent recession began.

From 2015 through
2024, both revenues and outlays are projected to be
greater than their 40-year averages as a percentage of
GDP. In CBO’s baseline projections, federal debt held by the
public reaches 78 percent of GDP by 2024, up from
72 percent at the end of 2013 and twice the 39 percent
average of the past four decades (see Figure 3 on page 5).
As recently as the end of 2007, federal debt equaled just
35 percent of GDP.

Such high and rising debt would have serious negative
consequences. Federal spending on interest payments
would increase considerably when interest rates rose to
more typical levels. Moreover, because federal borrowing
would eventually raise the cost of investment by businesses
and other entities, the capital stock would be
smaller, and productivity and wages lower, than if federal
borrowing was more limited. In addition, high debt
means that lawmakers would have less flexibility than
they otherwise would to use tax and spending policies to
respond to unexpected challenges. Finally, high debt
increases the risk of a fiscal crisis in which investors
would lose so much confidence in the government’s
ability to manage its budget that the government would
be unable to borrow at affordable rates.

CBO’s estimate of the deficit for this year is $23 billion
less than its February estimate, mostly because the agency
now anticipates lower outlays for discretionary programs
and net interest payments. The projected cumulative deficit
from 2015 through 2024 is $286 billion less than it
was in February: Though projected revenues are slightly
below the amounts that were previously reported, projected
outlays have dropped by more, largely because of
lower subsidies for health insurance under the Affordable
Care Act (ACA).


Read The Entire CBC Report.






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About This Document

This document is one of a series of reports on the state of the budget that the Congressional Budget
Office (CBO) issues each year. It satisfies the requirement of section 202(e) of the Congressional
Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 that CBO submit to the Committees on the
Budget periodic reports about fiscal policy and its baseline projections of the federal budget.

Jared Brewster and Amber Marcellino of CBO’s Budget Analysis Division prepared the report with
assistance from Mark Booth and with guidance from Jeffrey Holland, Theresa Gullo, Holly Harvey,
Peter Fontaine, and David Weiner. The estimates described here were the work of more than
100 people at CBO and many people on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation.


In keeping with CBO’s mandate to provide objective, impartial analysis, this report makes no recommendations.
Robert Sunshine reviewed the report, Benjamin Plotinsky edited it, and Maureen Costantino and
Jeanine Rees prepared it for publication. An electronic version is available on CBO’s website

Douglas W. Elmendorf

April 2014




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President Obama Speaks About The Success Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).


By Jueseppi B.

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More Than 7 Million Americans Have Enrolled in Private Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act




Today, the White House announced that more than 7 million Americans signed up for affordable care through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment, which ended on March 31.

The number, announced during Press Secretary Jay Carney‘s briefing, means that millions of Americans across the country now have access to quality, affordable care. And as numbers continue to come in from states that run their own Marketplaces, that number will continue to rise.

Later today, President Obama will deliver a statement on the Affordable Care Act in the Rose Garden — you can watch on WhiteHouse.gov/Live at 4:15 p.m. ET.


President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Affordable Care Act


Published on Apr 1, 2014

Following the closing of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, the President delivers remarks in the Rose Garden, announcing that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private health coverage. April 1, 2014.




President Barack Obama: 7.1 million Americans.


Last night, the first open enrollment period under theAffordable Care Act came to an end.


And this afternoon, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.


7.1 million.


That doesn’t count the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their families’ plans. It doesn’t count the millions more who have gotten covered through the expansion of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It doesn’t include the more than 100 million folks who now have better care — who are receiving additional benefits, like mammograms and contraceptive care, at no extra cost.


Now, millions of our fellow Americans have the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing they’re no longer leaving their health and well-being to chance. For many of them, quality health insurance wasn’t an option until this year — maybe because they couldn’t afford it, or because a pre-existing condition kept them locked out of a discriminatory system.


Today, that’s changed. And while our long-broken health care system may not be completely fixed, it’s without question a lot better. That’s something to be proud of — and there’s no good reason to go back.


Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans with health coverage is something that’s good for our economy and our country.


At the end of the day, that is what this law — and the other reforms we’re fighting for, from a 21st-century immigration system to a fairer wage for every American who’s willing to work for it — are all about:


Making sure our country lives up to our highest ideals.


I am thankful to be your President today, and every day. And I am proud that this law will continue to make life better for millions of Americans in the years to come.


Thank you.

President Barack Obama




Though HealthCare.gov got off to a rocky start in October, the open enrollment period ended with soaring interest — including a record-breaking 4.8 million visits to HealthCare.gov, and around 2 million calls to CMS call centers. Throughout this weekend, Americans across the country were literally lined up around the block at local enrollment centers.

It’s important to remember that 7 million represents only part of the total number of people who have received coverage under the Affordable Care Act: millions more have been covered by state Medicaid expansions, and around 3 million Americans under 26 are now covered under their parents’ plans.










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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 31st Of March. ObamaCARES Deadline Day.


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How to Get Obamacare ( healthcare.gov enrollment instructions )


Published on Oct 12, 2013

How to Get Obamacare is a Free Guide to Enrolling on Healthcare.gov Health Insurance Marketplace Exchange. Learn How to Save money with Gov Subsidy, and avoid the penalty. Braught to you by Insureacarehttp://www.insureacare.com/Affordable…





Valerie Jarrett to Hollywood to Get Obamacare in Movie, TV Scripts





Top 5 Lies About Obamacare


Published on Mar 23, 2014

To mark the four year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act we’ve collected and debunked the top 5 lies spread by right-wing media concerning it.

Myth 5

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Myth 3

Myth 2

Myth 1




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The President Wants You to Get Covered Today: “Don’t Just Think About It, Just Do It”


There are zero days left to get health insurance coverage for 2014 at HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment ends TODAY March 31. If you haven’t signed up yet, the President wants you to get covered today.


As the President says, “No one’s invincible. We all get sick, or get into accidents. Life happens. But you should never have to worry you’ll lose everything to medical bills. That’s why health insurance is so important.”


If you’re not covered, don’t wait any longer — sign up today.


And if you already have health insurance, tell your friends, family, and co-workers that they need to get covered, too. VisitWH.gov/GetCovered for tips on how to spread the word.











White House Schedule – March 31st, 2014


Office of the Press Secretary
March 31st, 2014


MONDAY, MARCH 31st, 2014


In the morning the President will attend the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.


Mid morning the President will hold meetings with his senior staff in the Oval Office.






Monday, March 31 2014  All Times ET


10:30 AM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

11:15 AM: The President meets with senior staffers, Oval Office.


1:15 PM: The White House Daily Briefing. White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.






Schedule for the Week of March 31st to April 4th, 2014.


On Monday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.


On Tuesday, the President will welcome the Boston Red Sox to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 World Series Championship.


On Wednesday, the President will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for an event on his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.  Following this event, he will travel to Chicago, Illinois to attend DNC events.


On Thursday, the President and First Lady will host members of the United States teams and delegations from the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games at the White House.


On Friday, the President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. The Vice President will also attend.






President Obama hits Chicago Wednesday for DNC fundraisers


President Barack Obama hits Chicago on Wednesday for two jumbo priced fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee.


Obama hosts a roundtable—I am told keyed towards business executives—at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse downtown where about 25 folks are expected; the tab is up to $32,400. The Obama roundtable is hosted by Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard Price.


Later, Obama is the headliner at a dinner for about 55—donating up to $10,000–at the Lincoln Park  home of Craig Freedman and Grace Tsao-Wu, who is an Obama major donor and fund-raiser.


“It will be a great opportunity to get a photo with the President and hear him speak in an intimate setting,” a note with the invite for the Lincoln Park event said.



President Barack Obama and Pope Francis exchange gifts Thursday at the Vatican. | AP Photo

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis exchange gifts Thursday at the Vatican. | AP Photo



President Obama, Pope Francis gift exchange: Details on the presents


Global leaders routinely exchange gifts and on Thursday, President Barack Obama in the Vatican gave Pope Francis a custom seed chest constructed with reclaimed wood from a historic Baltimore cathedral. If the pope comes to Washington — and he might — President Obama wants him to see First Lady Michelle’s White House garden. The pope gave President Obama a book, Evangelii Gaudium, or “The Joy of the Gospel.”


“The president was up first for the exchange,” according to the pool report. “He gave the Pope a custom-made box of seeds. The President mentioned that he heard the pope has decided to open gardens at the summer residence to the public.


“These I think are carrots,” he said, holding a pouch. “Each one has a different seed in it. The box is made from timber from the first cathedral to open in the United States in Baltimore.”


“If you have a chance to come to the White House, we can show you our garden as well,” the President said.


President Obama also received an encyclical.


“I actually will probably read this in the Oval Office when I’m deeply frustrated. I’m sure it will give me strength and calm me down,” the president said smiling.


When the president told the pope that he could visit the White House garden, the pope responded in Spanish: “Como no,” which translates to “why not?” Or “for sure.”


Federal employees—and President Obama is one of them– are banned, by law, of keeping anything worth more than $350, so most items end up in government archives storage. Some items—such as art, vases and rugs—can be put on display.


Thanks to the pool reporters on the scene, Michael D. Shear of The New York Times and Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico for the details in their reports:




President Barack Obama presented His Holiness Pope Francis with a custom-made seed chest featuring a variety of fruit and vegetable seeds used in the White House Garden.  Earlier this month, Pope Francis made the historic announcement that he would open to the public the gardens of the papal summer residence, the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo.


The chest is made from American leather, and features reclaimed wood from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals built in the United States.


The Basilica’s cornerstone was laid by John Carroll, a Jesuit and the first Catholic bishop and archbishop in the United States.  The Cathedral was designed by Benjamin Latrobe, who was selected by President Thomas Jefferson to serve as an Architect of the Capitol, and played a pivotal role in its design and construction.


The inscription on the chest reads:

Presented to His Holiness Pope Francis

by Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

March 27, 2014


In keeping with the spirit of the gift, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello will donate seeds that will yield several tons of produce to a charity of Pope Francis’ choosing.




“The pope presented the President with two medallions, including one that symbolized the need for solidarity and peace between the northern and southern hemispheres.


…The other gift was a copy of Evangelii Gaudium, or “The Joy of the Gospel.” This was the book that prompted President Obama to say he would read it in the Oval Office when he needs a lift. It is a 2013 apostolic exhortation by Francis that called a new era evangelization and for a renewed focus on the world’s poor.






Main Stream Media Is NOT Reporting On The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) Surge Or The 6.5 Million Total Enrollment = Reich Wing Media Blackout.


The White House Weekend™: Barack Heads Home. The Weekly Address With Joey B. & Cecilia Muñoz.


Pete Souza: The President’s Trip To Europe And Saudi Arabia In Images.


Using Facebook To Attack ObamaCARES Backfired For Sen Ted “CruiseControl” Cruz. Dumbass.


President Obama Presents State Department’s 2014 Women of Courage Award to Dr. Maha Al Muneef.


Have An Idea. Got A Suggestion. Contact The White House. Yes You Can And It’s Easy.


NO Days Left to Get Covered. March 31st 2014 Open Enrollment Ends UNLESS You Have An Extension.


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“The bottom line is I’m going to need you, and the country needs you. And a lot of your friends and peers, they may not know that they need you, but if something happens somewhere down the road where they really need to get to a hospital or a doctor, the fact that you have talked to them and gotten them involved is going to make all the difference in the world.” — President Obama, 12/4/2013


More than 6.5 million Americans have already gotten coverage. Make sure you’re friends and loved ones are covered by March 31 at Healthcare.gov.






Spread the #GetCovered Message


Whether it’s updating your social profile photo, tweeting or posting a story on Facebook, there are visible actions that we can all take right now to spread the word about the importance of getting covered. It takes seconds to do — and it matters.




See What People Are Saying


Americans all around the country, both online and offline, are sharing why it’s important to #GetCovered — and how the Affordable Care Act is helping them. Check out what they’re saying (and then pass it on):



Lebron James: #GetCovered by March 31


Published on Mar 14, 2014

Lebron James wants to tell you about the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. You can go there to find an affordable health plan as part of the health care law. The deadline to enroll is March 31.





Go to Healthcare.gov or find local help here or call 1-800-318-2596 and Get Covered



Obamacare? Are you nuts?


Published on Mar 19, 2014

All dialog lifted verbatim from the comments sections of conservative web sites.




Insurance Card? Check! #GetCovered Today!


Published on Mar 28, 2014

Having just turned 27, Jeremi Mattern and Tyler Dagger of the Texas based band, Driver Friendly, knew it was important to get health coverage. Watch their story and learn more about your health insurance options at HealthCare.gov.




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Black Jeopardy – Saturday Night Live


Published on Mar 30, 2014

Contestants answer questions in categories like That Girl, Had That Been Me and It’s Been A Minute.





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Dr. Jill Biden Meets With LGBT Americans Benefiting From The Affordable Care Act.


By Jueseppi B.




Dr. Biden Meets with LGBT Americans Benefiting from the Affordable Care Act



Dr. Jill Biden Meets with Members of the LGBT community about ACADr. Jill Biden meets with members of the LGBT community who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 26, 2014.


An important deadline is coming up for all Americans, including the LGBT community: March 31 is the end of the open enrollment period for individuals to sign up for health care in the state and federal Marketplaces. If you miss the deadline, you may not be able to get health insurance again until next year.


The Affordable Care Act has the potential to improve the health and well-being of the LGBT community for generations to come.(Here’s how.) Many LGBT individuals across the country have signed up for coverage — and they’re already seeing the benefits.


Earlier today, Dr. Jill Biden met with the following LGBT individuals at the White House to hear about their experiences with health care coverage and how they are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act:


  • Simone Allender (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Neil Beresford (Decatur, GA)
  • Shannon Green (Fredericksburg, VA)
  • Regina Gray (Denver, CO)
  • Brad Holland (Tucson, AZ)
  • Eddie Martinez (Los Angeles, CA)
  • La’Tasha Mayes (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Michael Lappin and John West (Atlanta, GA)
  • Dan Waszak (Detroit, MI)


Dr. Biden heard from a gay man who lost his job in 2010, the same year he was diagnosed with HIV. Because of his pre-existing conditions, he went four years without health insurance — until he signed up for a plan through the federal Marketplace. At the meeting, he told Dr. Biden that the Affordable Care Act saved his life.


She also heard from a same-sex married couple from Atlanta, Georgia, who, as small business owners, previously had private health care plans. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, they now have a plan with lower co-pays, lower deductibles, and lower out-of-pocket costs — and they’re saving more than $5,000 a year.


And she heard from a 21-year-old lesbian student from Virginia who switched from an expensive school-sponsored plan to one she bought on the Marketplace that is saving her hundreds of dollars each month.


Dr. Jill Biden Talks with Members of the LGBT Community About ACADr. Jill Biden talks with members of the LGBT community who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 26, 2014.


Stories like these highlight why the Affordable Care Act will make such a difference for LGBT people: because pre-existing conditions are not a barrier to coverage, because LGBT individuals can’t be denied coverage or charged a higher rate because of who they are, and because it is affordable.


To learn more, visit HealthCare.gov, or call the 24/7 call center, available in over 150 languages, at 1-800-318-2596 by March 31.


Gautam Raghavan is an Advisor in the White House Office of Public Engagement.



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