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Shockingly Good ACA Numbers: 9.5 Million Have Obtained Insurance After Obamacare

The right-wing is wrong: Americans are signing up for health insurance in droves.

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9.5 million people have obtained health insurance since the implementation of Obamacare, a compilation of data published by the Los Angeles Times reveals.

Despite the rough rollout of the law, it is succeeding.  The Los Angeles Times’ Noam Levey reports that the law “already has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century.”

The article combines data from a RAND Corporation study along with other national surveys and enrollment data.  

Some Americans have signed up through the marketplaces the health care law has set up, while others obtained it through the expansion of Medicaid.  A third of those who signed up using online marketplaces were previously uninsured.  4.5 million people have joined Medicaid, and 3 million people under the age of 26 have received coverage through their parents.

Right-wingers have criticized Obamacare after stories emerged that some health insurance plans were canceled because they didn’t meet the law’s requirements.  But contrary to the right’s claims, those cancellations have not led to an overall reduction in health care coverage around the country.


Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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