Though the preliminary results could change, there are very good signs that Obamacare is actually accomplishing many of its goals, though gradually. -Let's be fair to the GOP Right Wing and the Tea Party constituency -- these are modest gains, but all the markers are in the right direction.
According to a report in HuffPo:
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The biggest change was for unemployed people, a drop of 6.7 percentage points. That was followed by a 2.6 percentage-point decline for nonwhites. Traditionally both groups are far more likely to be uninsured than the population as a whole.
The overall drop in the uninsured rate would translate to approximately 2 million to 3 million people gaining coverage.
Now, before the common sense thinking public, those not delusional like Ted Cruz and his puppet Mike Lee start to gloat, there is some level of results that aren't yet as promising as hoped. It has to do with the coveted 18-34 year olds -- the "invincibles." The report shows no appreciable change among young adults in that demographic.
No one said this would be an easy climb, but there seems to be vast numbers, millions in fact, who are already benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. They've gone from uninsured to insured. This is not good news for the GOP who still plan on running for mid-term elections on defunding or totally scrapping Obamacare. They may have to fall back on their defensive mode -- trying to justify why they are fighting once again for limiting legal abortions, their war on women, their lack of a vote on immigration reform, their refusal to extend long term unemployment benefits while protecting tax loopholes for the rich and of course, their movements for voter suppression. The Republicans can make all the noise they want, but if they run on their recent performance in Congress, their retaking the Senate will be out of the question, and their control of the House will remain whole-cloth. Gerrymandering only protects so many seats.
And that is GOOD NEWS for all of America. When hard working Americans see healthcare benefits, when the screwy rollout becomes a faded past, what you have left are millions who are protected with health coverage or improved coverage over what they had before. One visit to a doctor or hospital that's now covered and you'll have Democratic voters. Couple that with the Republicans endeavors to create deeper chasms and more extreme distribution of wealth, it could be the Republicans and their Tea Party spinoff faction who will be using Obamacare for their dire health issues. They're going to need it.
UPDATE: Earlier today, White House spokesman Jay Carney hit back at retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who in a radio interview on Monday said he didn't think enough young, healthy consumers would purchase ObamaCare policies. According to THE HILL Carney said:
...despite the "shaky rollout" of the ObamaCare website, the government was seeing "a significant surge in the percentage of young Americans under 35 enrolling."