Those opposed to Obamacare and who constantly claim it can’t even meet simple goals took a hit Tuesday when President Barack Obama went to the microphone at the White House in Washington and announced the official signup number from the last-minute rush at the deadline Monday — 7.1 million.
Obamacare, according to an announcement by the President, apparently met the goal of seven million initial enrollees with about 100,000 to spare — something the doubters and moaners claimed could never happen.
“The debate over repealing this law is over,” Obama declared.
That, of course, is wishful thinking on the President’s part. The debate will not end, particularly in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, which has voted many times over to repeal the law, knowing fully well that move would fail in the Democratically-controlled Senate.
As a professional skeptic, I have a lot of questions about our current President, but that skepticism does not include the Patrient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ACA and/or Obamacare) because it allows wife Amy to finally get the health insurance she needed to get overdue help on fixing a back injury suffered at work three years ago.
Virginia’s less-than-employee-friendly worker protection laws and an employer who took advantage of every loophole left her without the insurance she needed to deal with the problem. Health insurance companies turned her down repeatedly because of the “pre-existing” back condition.
Yet the same insurance company that turned her down just six months ago now insures her under the ACA, which took effect on January 1 of this year, and at any rate far lower than what was quoted midway through last year. For three months now, she has been getting the help she needs and the insurance company is footing the bill.
The plan works for her. At my age, I have Medicare and a supplemental plan so the ACA does not apply.