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Illinois Signs Up For Obamacare! Well, Only 61,000 out of 12.8 Million

Posted on January 14, 2014

A little more than 61,100 Illinoisans selected new health insurance policies created under President Barack Obama’s health care law through Dec. 28, as a last-minute surge in enrollment helped the marketplaces recover from an embarrassing Oct. 1 launch.

The Illinois enrollments are up nearly nine-fold from November, when little more than 7,000 selected policies, according to federal data released Monday. Nationwide, nearly 2.2 million selected a plan, with the vast majority coming in December.

But early data suggest the marketplaces are far more popular among older and potentially less healthy consumers, a trend that threatens to push up premiums in the future unless the law’s supporters can persuade more young, healthy Americans to sign up for insurance.

About 58 percent of those who signed up for coverage in Illinois were age 45 or older, and women outnumbered men, according to the new data, the first time demographic information about people signing up for coverage has been made available.

Just 23 percent in Illinois and about a quarter nationally were between ages 18 and 34 — well below the 40 percent goal set by administration officials — a key demographic that will help offset the cost of insuring older, sicker consumers who tend to ring up more health care costs. The numbers underscore the challenge that remains to drive more so-called young invincibles into coverage with 11 weeks remaining in open enrollment.

Nonetheless, officials expressed optimism that more young people will sign up in the months ahead and said the early figures squared with their expectations rooted in experience from Massachusetts, which launched its health insurance expansion in 2006.

“We think more and more young people will sign up,” said Gary Cohen, who is overseeing the new marketplaces at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

That seems realistic, given that many young people would be unlikely to sign up right away, said Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation who studies insurance markets.

“I would expect enrollment to surge in second half, particularly in March,” he said.

Coverage started Jan. 1 for those who selected plans before Christmas. But Americans have until the end of March to choose a plan before they risk being penalized under the new law for not having coverage.

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18 thoughts on “Illinois Signs Up For Obamacare! Well, Only 61,000 out of 12.8 Million

  1. deniseandros says:

    What else should we expect from the Muslim in chief? Obamacare is the Solyndra of the heath care industry.

  2. I am curious what made up number Shane will post here in the comments claiming it is the "real" number of Illinoisans signed up for Obamacare.

  3. bless2live says:

    Who cares!

  4. Bryan W. Carpenter says:

    People should take a stand and tell the government to get back to the constitution. I wonder what pictures the administration had on john roberts for him to vote with the crazies.

  5. The fewer who sign up the better. I would not trust the security on the Federal web site and I'm sure of the 61,000 probably 60,000 qualified for medicaid.

  6. No, Gary is right, 61,000 signed up under the ACA. However, that 12.8 million number is hogwash – it's the full population of Illinois. 86.2% of Illinoisans have health insurance, which left about 1.75 million uninsured. Not 12.8 million.

    Suck a dick, David. 🙂

  7. "Gary is right."

    Everyone you may want to save your screen for posterity, Shane actually admits Gary is right on something.

    "which left about 1.75 million uninsured. Not 12.8 million."

    Nowhere in the article does it claim 12.8 million were uninsured. Nice try Shane.

    "Suck a dick, David. :)"

    No Shane, I don't do what you do.

  8. Who are the first to sign up? People with pre-existing conditions. Who will be the last to sign up? The young and healthy. How many of the 86.2% that have insurance will lose it in the next round of cancellations? A lot of them. Obama trashed a viable health insurance for a power grab. Now, between Obamacare and the IRS, the government pretty much owns you. See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  9. Hey David, when it comes to Shane and other idiot Leftist…..stupid is as stupid does.

  10. I took Gary's advice and signed up with Christian Healthcare Ministries. For $85 a month I've joined a group of thousands of believers sharing each others' major medical expenses. A great, Biblical solution. It also is an eligible option under the ACA (Obamacare). Thanks, Gary! Blessings to you.

  11. No, he doesn't claim 12.8 million were uninsured, but he sure as hell implies it. I'm not "trying" anything here. It's what he's doing, plain as day.

  12. the next bailout will be the insurance companies

  13. "No, he doesn't claim 12.8 million were uninsured, but he sure as hell implies it."

    Poor reading comprehension on your part. There is no implication that everyone in Illinois was uninsured. Instead, it points out the fact that very few people have actually gotten healthcare in Illinois from Obamacare, about 0.4% of the total population, which is pathetic.

    "I'm not "trying" anything here."

    Wrong again, you were trying to bullshit and deceive us, as you did when you lied to us and made up a number that 6 million people have signed up for ACA.

    "It's what he's doing, plain as day."

    No Shane, Gary does not do what you do.

  14. how many went ointo medicaid which the feds pay for 2 years then it will fall back onto the state , a state with 120 billion in unfunded pensiond that they cant pay now

  15. In Wisconsin we USED TO have a high risk pool for those that could otherwise not get insurance …. I was in it and now that Obamacare made those illegal I needed to search for new insurance. I would be able to get insurance from Obamacare for a HIGHER cost than my high risk pool was WITH AN EVEN HIGHER DEDUCTABLE. WHAT part of this is affordable? I can no longer see my regular doctor, because on one plan my doc was on it but on another plan my hospital was on it but neither had both so I opted for the hospital. It needs to be renamed the ULCA Unaffordable Lack of Care Act.

    I intend to do what many others have done and will never apply until the day I need desperate care. Hopefully by then, the web site will be secured and I see no reason to apply any earlier since, until I need care, there is no reason to apply. Why pay when I do not need to? (Maybe this is what Obama meant by affordable). I will get the same care I would get if I was in the "system" earlier. In the mean time, I can pay out of pocket to see my good local doctor and it will always be less than the deductable anyway.

    I do not care what the supreme court said, it is a fine and not a tax. Taxes cannot be levied on those that do not participate. Taxes are levied upon those that benefit financially. So is Obama saying that NOT getting into Obamacare would be of financial benefit??????????? People like Shane just spout the Dem rhetoric and he is simply ingorant of the ramifications of this policy and as such should not be demonized ( It's like picking on the retarded kid ). We are adults and the debate is simple – this is NOT affordable

    – it is a tax on the middle class to pay for the poor since the rich can have their concierge doctors
    – it is yet another redistribution of wealth ( you are welcome shawn for paying for your internet)
    – it is a path to the mediocre system of government run healthcare and as we all know that is sooooo good that others USED to come here because our old system was so much worse (how do you spell sarchasm)
    – more lawyers, more beauracracy, more self importance, more taxes, more my mother counts because I am Barrak and your mother needs to die because she is a burden on society.

  16. In Wisconsin we USED TO have a high risk pool for those that could otherwise not get insurance …. I was in it and now that Obamacare made those illegal I needed to search for new insurance. I would be able to get insurance from Obamacare for a HIGHER cost than my high risk pool was WITH AN EVEN HIGHER DEDUCTABLE. WHAT part of this is affordable? I can no longer see my regular doctor, because on one plan my doc was on it but on another plan my hospital was on it but neither had both so I opted for the hospital. It needs to be renamed the ULCA Unaffordable Lack of Care Act.

    I intend to do what many others have done and will never apply until the day I need desperate care. Hopefully by then, the web site will be secured and I see no reason to apply any earlier since, until I need care, there is no reason to apply. Why pay when I do not need to? (Maybe this is what Obama meant by affordable). I will get the same care I would get if I was in the "system" earlier. In the mean time, I can pay out of pocket to see my good local doctor and it will always be less than the deductable anyway.

    I do not care what the supreme court said, it is a fine and not a tax. Taxes cannot be levied on those that do not participate. Taxes are levied upon those that benefit financially. So is Obama saying that NOT getting into Obamacare would be of financial benefit??????????? People like Shane just spout the Dem rhetoric and he is simply ingorant of the ramifications of this policy and as such should not be demonized ( It's like picking on the retarded kid ). We are adults and the debate is simple – this is NOT affordable

    – it is a tax on the middle class to pay for the poor since the rich can have their concierge doctors
    – it is yet another redistribution of wealth ( you are welcome shawn for paying for your internet)
    – it is a path to the mediocre system of government run healthcare and as we all know that is sooooo good that others USED to come here because our old system was so much worse (how do you spell sarchasm)
    – more lawyers, more beauracracy, more self importance, more taxes, more my mother counts because I am Barrak and your mother needs to die because she is a burden on society.
    Read more at http://teapartyeconomist.com/2014/01/14/illinois-

  17. deniseandros says:

    Hi Randy,
    It was never intended to be affordable. Obama is destroying America on all fronts. Heath care, gone! The dollar, gone! We are just waiting for the announcement. Our wheat supply, gone! 500 metric tons went to Egypt and the rest went to Jordan. Our coal industry, diminished. Our Constitution, shredded! The IRS, corrupted. The NSA, corrupted! The Supreme Court, corrupted! The DOJ, corrupted! The courts, corrupted! Our Military, purged! Religious freedom, trashed! ect….

    The next thing Obama will do is manufacture a national crisis, invoke Martial Law, suspend all civil rights, confiscate private property, savings, retirement accounts, and precious metals. followed by mass internments to FEMA camps, and mass killings.

  18. how many sidned up for free medicaid and how many paid the premiums , thats what numbers I want too see