Here are a few reasons why I love living in California. In fact, Bill Maher sums it all up in his must-see rant here: CA not worried about "nonsense that keeps Fox up at night, " NRA = "Nuts, Racists, A-holes."
This Los Angeles Times article titled, "Demand is strong as Obamacare enrollment starts in California" confirmed my sentiments:
In California, officials nonetheless took heart at the stronger-than-expected response: about 5 million online hits and more than 17,000 calls.
"It was a huge outpouring of interest, which is good news," said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the new state marketplace. "Today was just the starting point."
Here's the thing: If you're going to have glitches and delays because you surpassed all expectations and are forced to deal with overwhelming enrollment, then that's a great problem to have.
But many took the delays in stride. As expected, those with chronic illnesses and huge medical bills showed up first... "The website was crazy busy. It's like Obamacare just released a new iPhone," said Peter Nowack, a 60-year-old marketing consultant in Oakland...
Nowack pays $1,200 a month for his health insurance now because of preexisting medical conditions. A similar policy in the exchange could cost him about half that much.
Sounds good to me. No wonder Republicans are losing what's left of their minds. Take Darrell Issa, for example:
I'm proposing we #ReplaceObamaCare and give all Americans access to the same affordable, high-quality health coverage as members of Congress
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) October 2, 2013
— GottaLaff (@GottaLaff) October 2, 2013
And from Matt Yglesias:
Dems should agree to scrap ObamaCare, replace it with a Romney-style system modeled on what works in Massachusetts.
— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 2, 2013
Who knew something so destructive could be so amusing?
Meanwhile, back here in California, there's also this report from the L.A. Times about the bills our governor, Jerry Brown, is signing into law:
Brown also signed 10 healthcare bills Tuesday, including some that help the state transition to the health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Among them are measures that extend healthcare tax breaks to same-sex couples, require school districts that offer discounted meals to poor students to notify parents about expanded healthcare options, and ensure that new state insurance contracts are subject to state open-records laws.
"While extreme radicals in Washington shut down our government, here in California we're taking action to extend decent healthcare to millions of families," Brown said in a statement.
And how humane.