According to figures being reported by the White House, Six-million Americans have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters that 2.1 million Americans signed up through to December 28th of last year. This included the 1.1 million who signed up to 24th of December. In addition 3.9 million Americans have been found to be eligible for the expansion of Medicaid.
There have been well-documented technical errors with the Obamacare website. However the White House promised that such errors would be addressed, and despite these problems 6 millions Americans have put their faith in the legislation.
According to the Washington Post:
[box type=”shadow”]”7,000 people have called a special hotline because they had trouble enrolling by January. A few weeks back, the White House announced a special assistance period for people who tried to sign up for insurance coverage prior to the Dec. 24 deadline. Today, the administration says 7,000 people have called asking for this exemption.”[/box]
Republicans have savaged the Affordable Care Act since its inception. They have claimed it will lead to everything from socialized medicine to Nazi-style enforced euthanasia. In spite of this, millions of uninsured Americans have signed up for coverage. As has so often been the case recently, the Republican Party has found that people do not like being spoken to in a certain tone of voice, and do not respond to lies and smear campaigns.