Your number of the day is 8 million. From the White House (see the complete fact sheet here):
HEALTH CARE BY THE NUMBERSMeanwhile, Republican sufferers of Obamacare Derangement Syndrome (ODS) (not covered by Obamacare!) continue to do their pathetic best to "debunk" the enrollment numbers. Here's Steve Benen:
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.
It’s against this backdrop that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) issued a brief report this morning, as part of the “House Obamacare Accountability Project.” (House Republicans have actually created a formal project with its own name for their initiative to root for ACA failure.) The 1,100-word piece intends to “debunk” the encouraging news of late, but McCarthy’s indictment doesn’t actually disprove anything. It asks some questions and repeats some old, bogus talking points, but for those who’ve followed the debate closely, it’s surprisingly pretty easy to debunk the House GOP’s attempted debunking.As President Obama noted of Republicans in his press conference today, "Their party is going through the stages of grief ... anger, denial ... we haven't reached acceptance yet."
Nor will we ever, Mr. President, as long as there's a dead-end right-winger's heart beating. Most have never accepted the idea of Social Security or Medicaid/Medicare, with the notable exception of their own benefits, because they (as opposed to the "moochers") earned them! As we've said before, no battle with these crackpots is ever fully won, no victory ever sealed (see: Voting Rights Act, Citizens United, McCutcheon, etc.). Still, when a moment like this occurs, let's enjoy a little happiness for our fellow, newly-insured Americans (and a lot of schadenfreude for those ODS sufferers!).