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Sebelius: 7.5 million now signed up

7.5 Million Have Signed Up For Health Coverage Through Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law.

That's a 400,000 increase from the 7.1 million that Obama announced last week at the end of the law's open enrollment period. The figure exceeded expectations, a surprise election-year success for the law after a disastrous roll-out.

Sebelius disclosed the new figure during a hearing Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee.

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arkady967 April 10 2014 at 11:28 AM

Sigh. Journalism died a long time ago. I think the lack of objective analysis evidenced here is akin to the stench of its rotting corpse. For instance, what was the response, in terms of questions asked, and replies to said announcement? Probably, for the most part, "I don't know," or "We don't collect that sort of data." But possibly not. Still, the lack of analysis points to the former. I think it probably means the hearing went very poorly for Sebelius in terms of an actual exchange of real information. But, since there's no journalism employed we're left with kind of information more suitable for the selling of commercial dish detergent, maybe baking soda.

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dmschuby April 10 2014 at 1:17 PM

Even the secret service developed a drinking problem over obama care

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snow93ball April 10 2014 at 5:21 PM

How many of those have paid for the insurance . Jack 1971

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art6111 snow93ball April 10 2014 at 5:35 PM

If they even know that, they aren't telling us. I heard that the "back end" of the website that connects to insurance companies is not done yet.

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markallentunney art6111 April 10 2014 at 6:38 PM

Did you also hear the GOP wants you to adopt the right to work for less, take away your kids education, pay your wife two thirds of what you make, tell you god runs this country, and that you have to discriminate against the poor, sick, gay, and colored people that make up this country?

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dmb4499 April 10 2014 at 11:29 AM

Why is this a surprise? You make it mandatory or pay a fine, you have no choice. Premiums will not get paid. Lets also see the number of people on COBRA with coverage ending who can't sign up NOW but have to wait till Nov....

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seg003 dmb4499 April 10 2014 at 11:52 AM

Do you have MANDATORY car insurance? Or home insurance? If your willing to cover that why wouldn't you cover your health. I have been all over the world and if countries like Japan, Australia , Germany, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, and on and on, can provide universal coverage then so can we.

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anthdif April 10 2014 at 11:13 AM

I guess everything is relative. The joy the administration feels because they simply set a goal of sign-ups, ignoring where those sign-ups have come from and forgetting the original goal of insuring the uninsured is misplaced. It is hard to tell people who are desperate to feel happy about a program that punishes the middle-class that it isn't achieving its original intent. Ok, wallow in your self proclaimed success while I pay 40% higher premiums for my health care. There are many more like me than like you. Good luck.

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seg003 anthdif April 10 2014 at 11:29 AM

I don't believe you. Prove that you are now paying 40% more. Because if you had crappy insurance before, you were allowed a one year exemption to keep it. My insurance is less expensive under the ACA. Better coverage and no caps or denial of services. I am 50 and NOT subsidised.

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Big Daddy April 10 2014 at 2:43 PM

So many detractors... So much hatred

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joper201 Big Daddy April 10 2014 at 3:25 PM

Why is it automatically called hatred when one disagrees with any democrat proposal???

The Conservative's I know realize hatred is a wasteful, debilitating affliction.
It robs one of the ability to think objectively and analytically.
It's obvious by your intolerance of others idea's that you are afflicted with hatred.
Hatred, like ignorance, can be cured with education and the desire to think objectively.
Stop judging others by your own morals.

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finsjk April 10 2014 at 6:20 PM

Signed up seems to be a phased used but never the termed paid up. Insurance companies are already preparing us for Shock and Awe. Recents statements from them about the demograhpics being the sickest people coming on board and not the younger, healthier ones who are needed to make it a viable effort. Once the fall rolls around and the new premiums are posted, then we will see if ACA is a good program for all. I hope so since it will be a very large expense to the taxpayers for years to come.

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okitori finsjk April 10 2014 at 11:19 PM

The new gimmick is that they won't release info before the 2014 mid term elections. Obama did the same thing before his 2012 election. Do you think people would have voted for Obama had they known about keeping their insurance and doctors was not going to be possible? Lie, Lie, Lie and until people figure it out by then it's too late for them to do anything about it.

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krug1284 finsjk April 11 2014 at 9:47 AM

Just as expencive as the tax cuts for the so called "job creators". Those tax cuts and corporate welfare policies have made the banks in the Camans rich. At the same time cost 5.7 million Americans good paying health insurance provide manufacturing jobs. Health insurance was a big part of benefits given to manufacturing workers. Corporate America didn't mant to pay these benefits anymore so the lobbied for lower tarrifs and more free trade agreements. Once they got them they moved American manufacturing jobs over seas. That created an income problem an unemployment problem and then it contributed to the uninsured problem. But the GOP wont tell you this. They wont tell you they cut food stamps but increased crop insurance subsidies for corporate farms. They cut military spending. Not on tanks but on retired military personal retirement pay. Please the GOP is doing and has done more to hurt the working class Americans then they want you to know. Why don't you ever see Fox news talking about the loss of 5.7 million manufacturing jobs. Because it was the GOP policies that caused it.

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seyj5 April 10 2014 at 2:28 PM


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carol237 April 10 2014 at 11:32 AM

there are over 308 million people in the USA and the dummies are so happy 7.6 million signed up.That is a big laugh and shows how stupid some people are.Don't believe that many have signed up either as all the democrats are doing is a big lie and they think we believe them

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mdmarak April 10 2014 at 11:22 AM

Not only has the web site failed.........so has the calculator they are using!!!!!

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nnealj1 mdmarak April 10 2014 at 11:30 AM

You can only wish...it's tough when reality doesn't live up to Republican expectations of failure....

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