By Jueseppi B.
From The New York Times:
Update: And the 4th-ranking Republican in the Senate is already accusing the administration of cooking the books. I really think the possibility that the ACA might actually work never occurred to them.
It’s not in itself that big a deal, but I’m somewhat amazed by what amounts to a de facto blackout by major news media on a developing story that’s really obvious if you read the invaluable Charles Gaba, or even the White House blog: a huge surge in Obamacare enrollments in the final days of the signup period. The print sources I read are still putting out basically downbeat reports about the ACA, with maybe a mention 10 paragraphs in that exchange enrollments passed the 6 million mark last week. I don’t watch cable news, but from what I hear it’s all still Malaysian airways.
In the end, I guess it won’t matter in a direct sense; the final number for year 1, which looks likely to be very close to the original 7 million projection, will eventually come out. But you wonder why news media that are happy to speculate about the 2016 election aren’t interested in at least putting out a heads-up about the strong possibility of a bombshell number next week.
And where I think this does matter is that it shows a persistent slant in much reporting toward emphasizing the negatives about health reform. The website woes were, and deserved to be, a big story; the quite amazing comeback somehow doesn’t fit the preferred narrative, and is being ignored — and this despite the fact that, as Gaba notes, it offers great visuals too.
The #ACASurge Continues: Here’s Where I Was Today
I saw it firsthand today: The surge of folks across the country getting covered ahead of the March 31 deadline is continuing.
Today, I stopped by a D.C. Health Link faith-based enrollment event — put on by a community that’s played a key role in efforts to educate and enroll District residents, small businesses, and their employees.
It was really inspiring to see — and it was just one of hundreds of events happening around the country this weekend.
Take a look at a couple photos from that event — and a few more from events happening this weekend. If you’re getting covered yourself, share a photo of your own.
And, of course, if you still need coverage, visit HealthCare.gov right now and get yourself signed up.
Photos: This is What an #ACASurge Looks Like
March 29, 2014
02:06 PM EDT
The line started forming at 5 a.m. in front of an enrollment center in Miami — where trained workers have signed up 25,000 of their fellow Floridians since November. It was standing-room-only at a center in Houston yesterday.
The final deadline to get covered in 2014 is in just two days, and Americans are literally lining up at grassroots events across the country to make sure they’re covered.
This is what momentum looks like.
Take a look at some of the photos folks are sending in from events around the country — and if you like, share one of your own.
And if you still need health insurance, go to HealthCare.gov right now, submit an application, and get yourself signed up.
“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.
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.
Update your social profiles to spread the word about the importance of affordable health care:
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.
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