What the Numbers Say About Obama's Health Care Law

Year End Health Care Overhaul
Jon Elswick/AP
By CALVIN WOODWARD

WASHINGTON -- The government churns out tons of numbers, but here's one you won't see: 0.0002. That's the percentage of estimated online visitors to HealthCare.gov who actually signed up for coverage the first day.

Altogether, that's six people out of just over 3 million.

Not all the figures associated with the rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law are so ridiculously dreary. Three million tells a happier tale, too. That's how many young adults have been able to get coverage under their parents' plan thanks to the law's rule that people up to age 26 can do so.

A look at the heath care law's early going, by the numbers:

Obamacare, By Another Name, Smells Sweeter
  • 81: Percentage of young Democrats who approve of the Affordable Care Act, according to December poll by Harvard's Institute of Politics.
  • 58: Percentage of young Democrats who approve of "Obamacare," which is the same thing.
Problem Solved? Not Entirely.
  • 55 million: Estimated number of uninsured in America.
  • 31 million: Remaining number of uninsured in America in 2016, when most of the law's provisions have taken hold, according to federal projections.
  • 89: Percentage of all residents expected to have health insurance in 2016.
  • 91: Percentage of all residents, excluding people living in the country illegally, expected to have health insurance in 2016.
Who's In?
  • 14: States that set up their own health insurance exchanges. District of Columbia also has its own exchange.
  • 36: States that refused, leaving the federal government to do it.
Who's In? Part Two.
  • 25: States that are expanding Medicaid to more people under the health care law, along with the District of Columbia.
  • 19: States that refused.
  • 6: States that haven't decided.
  • 100: Percentage of the cost of the state Medicaid expansion being paid by Washington for three years, then dropping to 90 percent.
Who's In? Part Three
  • 1 million: People who had signed up for private coverage under the federal health law by Dec. 20, up from 364,682 three weeks earlier.
  • 1.2 million: People the administration originally projected would sign up for private coverage under the law, as of Nov. 30.
Location, Location
  • 227,478: People who had signed up through the 14 state-run exchanges as of Nov. 30.
  • 137,204: People who had signed up through the federally run exchanges operating in 36 states by that same date.
This Is Progress?
  • 65: Percentage of people who reported in early October that they had failed when they tried to buy insurance through the health exchanges, according to an AP-GfK poll.
  • 51: Percentage of people who reported in early December that they had failed when trying to buy from the exchanges, according to another AP-GfK poll.
A New Fiscal Cliff?
  • $95: Fine for an adult who goes without health insurance in 2014, or 1 percent of taxable income, if greater. Maximum $285 penalty per family.
  • $695: Fine for an adult going without health insurance in 2016, or 2.5 percent of taxable income. Up to $2,085 per family.
  • 6 million: The number of people who could be fined in 2016 for going without insurance, according to federal researchers.
Pocketbook Pointers
  • $46,000: Individuals earning up to this amount should qualify for some level of subsidy to buy private insurance. Same for a family of four earning up to $94,200.
  • $328: Average estimated monthly premium, before any subsidies, for a mid-range silver plan that covers 70 percent of medical costs.
  • $516: Estimated cost of that plan in Wyoming. Prices vary widely depending on where you live and other factors.
  • $6,350: The most anyone with an individual plan (whether bronze, silver, gold or platinum) will have to pay for medical care in a year, on top of premiums. Family out-of-pocket expenses are capped at $12,700.
Coming, Going
  • 3 million: Number of young adults up to age 26 who have stayed on their parents' health plans under the law.
  • 4 million-plus: People whose individual plans were canceled because the plans didn't measure up under the law. The government changed rules to allow substandard plans to exist for another year; it's not known how many canceled policies will be revived. Another rules change allowed cancellation victims to sign up for bare-bones catastrophic coverage.
Just Visiting
  • 39.1 million: Visitors to state and federal health insurance websites as of Nov. 30.
  • 880,000: Visitors to the federal website on Dec. 24, the last day to enroll for coverage effective Jan. 1. The site was able to support 83,000 simultaneous users on Dec. 23, its peak day.
Great Expectations
  • 7 million: People expected to sign up by the end of open enrollment season March 31, according to administration's original projections.
Web $ite
  • $677 million: Set aside for spending on technology through the end of October 2013.
Exit Strategy?
  • $109 million: Estimated 10-year hit to the federal budget if the law were repealed.
-Associated Press writers Nancy Benac and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.


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vigoddess

Terrific article on Obama\'s Health Care Law.
Informative rather than criticized.
The hate groups might even understand it.
It\'s about time we joined the rest of the world
that accept healthcare as a human need,
rather than view suffering and illness as
another source of financial profit.

December 31 2013 at 2:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
betty_brock

The deadbeats are very proud that the hard working taxpayers are going to subsidize their healthcare. Yes, we will pay their premiums for them. Look it up.

December 30 2013 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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vigoddess

Do you have any idea how many young women and young
men in college under 26 are covered by the health care
law when they had no insurance before? Next time
you see a university on the media, you should feel
good that these young people are protected. My husband\'s
illness (Parkinsons) took a half million of retirement
money, so illness can strike anyone, and he collected
his first unemployment check when he was close to
80, so he wasn\'t free loading on the government, for he
was still working.

December 31 2013 at 2:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Charlie Brown

Obummer care, or unaffordable health care. Decisions decisions. Get out of my life you Bozo. I have kids older than you, So i dont need to tell me what insurance to buy. I had Insurance before you were born..

December 30 2013 at 11:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jim

sorry d.carnes but when you divide 677 million by 1 million you get $677 not 6.7 million. Oops, sorry I used paper and pencil not a calculator.

December 30 2013 at 11:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
plowboy611

There is NO government run program that is financially successful. What makes them think Obamacare will be the first? Most young people that the program needs to sign up to be successful, think the Affordable Care Act is better than Obamacare. God helps us!

December 30 2013 at 11:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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vigoddess

Read. If you read before you make up an idea instead,
you might know that Social Security had a lot of money,
and a very good interest, and Congress swore
never to touch it, helped themselves to pay for budget
problems, and the reason the politicians want private
business to take over social security is 70 billion
dollars is paid out every month and they want that
money. Then, they could declare bankruptcy like the
banks did with the recession, and stiff the retirees.
The banks created a recession and everyone with an
IRA stood to lose it under the law of bankruptcy, only
the government bailed them out.

December 31 2013 at 3:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
d.carns

Great Obama program it cost 677 million to insure 1 million people that is 67 million per person. wouldn\'t it of been better to give each person in American 2 million each and let them pay for themselves.??????

December 30 2013 at 10:41 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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mily469

your math is interesting...not.

December 30 2013 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wbearl

Liberal Math, 6 Million have to loose so 1 Million can gain. And to think most of our Math Teachers are Democrats.

December 30 2013 at 10:35 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
david pratt

The government & congress are so damn corrupt, need to trash the whole lot of them and start over; very little left of the original constitution anyway

December 30 2013 at 10:23 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
Del

My question is why did these one mil. people not have insurance before. I am confused as to why now they are buying insurance, why not before, where are they getting the money now to buy? I am not understanding what is going on.

December 30 2013 at 10:15 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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betty_brock

Low income people get a subsidy from guess who............THE TAXPAYERS, you and me.

December 30 2013 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JIM

Perhaps in the ten years or so after Obama leaves office we can undo all the damage he has done.

December 30 2013 at 10:03 AM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply
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wbearl

It will take much longer and many things he has done are un repairable.

December 30 2013 at 10:33 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply