‘Obamacare’ sign-ups top six million

first_img Tweet Share Obama spoke with supporters of the health law from Rome, where he met Italian PM Matteo Renzi on ThursdayUS President Barack Obama says six million people have signed up for health insurance through his signature healthcare overhaul programme.Mr Obama announced the figure in a conference call with supporters days before the end of the sign-up period for new enrolees.The figure falls short of the White House’s initial goal of seven million.But the programme, widely known as “Obamacare”, was crippled at its October launch by technical glitches.Since then, it has largely overcome those problems and most Americans can now sign up without significant hurdles.The 2010 law, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is intended to extend health insurance to the roughly 48 million Americans who do not receive it through their employers, the government, or a costly privately purchased plan.It also aimed to slow the growth in the cost of healthcare.Among its central provisions are online marketplaces called exchanges run by the states and by the federal government on which individuals can purchase health insurance plans, sometimes with generous subsidies.‘No stone unturned’Under the law, Americans who go without health insurance in 2014 and beyond pay a penalty.The health law has been vigorously opposed by the Republican Party and by conservatives in the private sector who see it as an inappropriate government intrusion into the massive healthcare industry and an affront to personal liberty.They have sought to undermine the law on numerous legal and political fronts.The first “open enrolment” period during which Americans can sign up for a health insurance plan through one of the exchanges comes to an end on 31 March, although the Obama administration has extended the deadline for some people who continue to have trouble signing up.On Thursday, Mr Obama spoke on the phone from Italy with several thousand volunteers and workers guiding Americans through the often confusing process of signing up for insurance through the exchanges.“The president thanked the group for all their hard work to date and discussed the importance of building on this progress over the last four days of open enrolment,” the White House said in a statement.“The president encouraged the navigators and volunteers to redouble their efforts over the next four days and leave no stone unturned in trying to bring affordable health coverage to as many Americans as possible by the March 31 deadline.”BBC News Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestylePolitics ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups top six million by: – March 28, 2014 30 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img

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