Today's Los Angeles Times did a piece on my home state, California, and how our health insurance enrollment site is experiencing "robust activity." Take that, naysayers! California's insurance exchange had nearly 29,000 people apply for coverage last week under the federal healthcare law.
But California isn't the only state where enrollment has been impressive. Check this out:
Tuesday, New York's exchange said more than 40,000 people had completed an application during the first week of enrollment.
Kentucky reported that it had received nearly 15,000 applications by earlier this week. Maryland, slowed by website problems, said it had only 566 applications in hand last weekend.
In California, 16,311 households had completed the application process through Saturday, representing 28,699 people. Consumers had started an additional 27,305 applications that are still pending while they consider their options and keep shopping.
"This blew the socks off anything we expected," [Peter Lee, the exchange's executive director] said.
Of course that won't stop the media from slobbering over GOP critics who gleefully bellow about the Affordable Health Care sites' computer glitches. Not Obamacare glitches, not glitches in the actual program, but computer problems caused by the overwhelming number of people wanting to sign up.
But even server issues can't outweigh the relief felt by those who finally access the sites and, way more importantly, finally get to have health care coverage:
Gregg Fuller of West Hills ran into numerous computer errors on the first day of enrollment last week and couldn't register an account. But he was able to sign up Monday for a Bronze plan from Anthem Blue Cross that will cost him only $32 a month after getting a federal subsidy tied to his income.
The 29-year-old substitute teacher said he has been unable to afford health insurance since January 2012, so he was excited to find coverage at such a low rate.
"It's nice to have the peace of mind," Fuller said, "that I will be covered as of Jan. 1."
And that's the kind of testimonial that creates glitches in GOP sabotage and messaging.
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