The federal government is finally releasing enrollment numbers for Obamacare. So far, only a little over 106,000 people have signed up for Obamacare across the country. That falls short of the administration's expectation of 500,000 in the first month. Only 701 Hoosiers have signed up for Obamacare.
The deadline to register for insurance under Obamacare is March 31st of next year. For the system to work properly, the administration needs five to six million people to enroll. When the plan was pitched, President Obama said he believed nearly seven million Americans would use the system.
Organizing for Action is a grassroots group that supports policies of the Obama Administration. On Wednesday, the group held a meeting to discuss the importance of Obamacare.
"It's beneficial, just like Social Security and Medicaid, there were problems implicated but now people will fight to keep it," said Marsha Brooks, the Fort Wayne Organizing for Action chapter leader.
"The program is already working. It has already allowed me to receive the care that's going to get me to go back to work," said Denise Sanders who spoke at the meeting.
Sanders was denied private insurance due to a pre-exisitng condition. For the past year Sanders has been covered by the Pre-Exisitng Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) under the Affordable Care Act.
"This is already a law, you don't know if it is going to benefit you until you get on the site and look through and get some questions answered," said Sanders.
So far, 4.2 million Americans have had their health insurance plans cancelled because of Obamacare. This comes as President Obama's approval rating drops to an all time low, just 39%.
"The younger group that doesn't have the money, how can they afford to buy and still pay their bills, keep their homes and put food on the table for our children and I think its so wrong that the government says we have to do this," said Rosemarie Scibner of Fort Wayne.
The National Center for Public Policy Research recently reported that about three million young adults between 18 and 34 will save between $500 and $1,000 if they forgo the Obamacare health exchanges and pay a premium.
Former president Bill Clinton is speaking out about the Obamacare controversy. He says President Obama should honor the vows he made on people being able to keep their existing coverage plans if they like them.
"We are dealing with more than just a website glitch, we are dealing with fundamental policy design flaws. And so I agree with former President Clinton, regardless of whether or not you agree with Obamacare, there should be 100% bipartisan support for letting Americans keep what they were promised," said Senator Coats as he spoke on the senate floor Wednesday morning about nationwide health insurance policy cancellations resulting from Obamacare.
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