ACASignups.net, which has been absolutely awesome at projecting Affordable Care Act sign ups, and the Obama administration are showing that over 7 million people have signed up for individual insurance through the exchanges as of the March 31st deadline. That surpasses the Congressional Budget Office’s original 7 million person projection by a hair or two. The grand total of private individual insurance sign ups is somewhere between 14.6 M and 22.1 M.
This can not be seen as anything other than an amazing success. Of course, you have the usual nay-sayers, the same people who kept on insisting that Mitt Romney was going to win the last election despite an overwhelming amount of evidence that he wasn’t, who exclaim very loudly and often that the numbers are all wrong. To be fair, there are still some legitimate questions, but they are minor and will do nothing to take away from the awesomeness of hitting this milestone.
This must be the worst April Fool’s joke ever for ACA naysayers, those that called it a disaster, that said it would bankrupt the country, those that vigorously attempted to thwart the legislation at every turn. April 1st, 2014 marks the beginning of tens of millions of Americans having affordable, comprehensive healthcare for the first time ever. No longer can they be driven to bankruptcy because of an accident or a disease. No longer will they have to decide between getting the healthcare they desperately need and the food they must eat. No longer will people be tied down to their jobs because of the health care it provides. Goodbye and good riddance to those barbarous days and hello to a still flawed but markedly better future.