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The ACA Has Spurred The Largest Expansion In Health Coverage In America In Half A Century

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Today marks the last day of the six-month open enrollment period for people to get insurance coverage through the state and federal marketplaces. Despite technical challenges and staunch ideological opposition, it has already been a huge success with over six million people enrolling. But in the last several days, the interest in signing up and the outreach efforts to those not yet covered has reached new heights.

Take a look at the final surge by the numbers:

  • 9.5 Million: Number Of Uninsured That Now Have Insurance Thanks To The ACA. A new analysis of enrollment data has found that almost ten million people who were previously without health insurance now are covered. The report estimates that two million have enrolled in private coverage on the new marketplaces; about 4.5 million previously uninsured people have gained public coverage through Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion; and about three million previously uninsured young people are now covered on their parents’ insurance plans. The law, as written by the Los Angeles Times, “has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century.”
  • 10 million: Number Of Visits To Heathcare.gov In The Past Week. The Washington Post tallied 8.7 million in the past week through Monday morning, with 2 million visiting this weekend alone. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services tweeted that there had been another 1.2 million visitors just by noon–”record volume.”
  • 125,000: The Number Of Concurrent Users On Healthcare.gov On Monday. An unprecedented level of traffic on the website has led to an unprecedented number of people using the site to sign up for health insurance.
  • 4,000: Number Of Grassroots Events To Help People Enroll In March. For all the money spent over the airwaves, grassroots organizing was a huge component of outreach efforts to get people signed up for coverage. Events took place all over the country, with a focus on reaching the uninsured to make sure they had the information they needed to enroll.
  • 300: Number of Radio Interviews Administration Officials Have Given In The Past Six Weeks. While there have been enormous efforts to use new media to promote the law, good old-fashioned radio has been a go-to source for top White House officials: from Chief-of-Staff Denis McDonough and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett to President Obama himself.
  • 49 Percent: Public Support For The ACA. According to a ABC News/Washington Post poll out today, support for the law is at 49 percent, its highest level in months. Back in November, just 40 percent supported and 57 percent opposed the law; today the picture looks much different:

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BOTTOM LINE: If there’s any indication that the Affordable Care Act is in high demand, this is it. The law is working, it’s here to stay, and it’s delivering on its promise to provide quality, affordable health coverage that will be there when consumers need it most. Conservatives will continue their repeal-at-all-costs agenda, but the success of these past six months will make it harder because people do not want to go back to the way it was.

Reminder: You still have until midnight tonight to sign-up for health coverage at HealthCare.gov.

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 4/1 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of S.Res.407, as a mark of respect to the memory of the late Senator Jeremiah Denton of Alabama until 10:00am on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

 Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.

 Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance Extension bill.

 The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

 During Monday’s session, cloture was filed on the Reed-Heller substitute amendment #2874 and on H.R.3979. Under Rule 22, the cloture vote on the substitute amendment (UI) will occur on Wednesday. Senators will be notified when the cloture vote is scheduled. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate time prior to a vote on adoption of the substitute amendment. Upon disposition of the substitute, the Senate would then proceed to a cloture vote on the underlying bill. If cloture is invoked on the underlying bill, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on prior to passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.

Yesterday, Senator Reid filed cloture on the substitute amendment #2874 (Unemployment Insurance extension) and H.R.3970. The filing deadline for first degree amendments is 2:30pm today.

We’ve added the Carlin nomination (Assistant AG) to the series of votes this afternoon. As a result, there will be up to 3 roll call votes (only expect 2 roll calls) beginning at 2:30pm, if all time is used.   At 2:15pm, there will be up to 15 minutes for debate equally divided prior to a series of votes on confirmation of the nominations listed below. The second vote would be 10 minutes in duration. We expect to confirm the Lu nomination by voice vote. There are 2 minutes for debate equally divided between the votes.   2:30pm votes (if all time is used):

  1. Executive Calendar #532, Kevin Whitaker, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Colombia
  2. Executive Calendar #687 John P. Carlin, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  3. Executive Calendar #683, Christopher P. Lu, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor (voice vote expected)

2:29pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #532, Kevin Whitaker, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Colombia; Confirmed: 99-0 2:57pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #687 John P. Carlin, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General; Confirmed: 99-1 Executive Calendar

#683, Christopher P. Lu, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor, was confirmed by voice vote.

 

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

1)     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #532, Kevin Whitaker, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Colombia; Confirmed: 99-0

2)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #687 John P. Carlin, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General; Confirmed: 99-1

 

Legislative items

Discharged the Judiciary committee and adopted S.Res.371, honoring the legacy and accomplishments of Jan Karski on the centennial of his birth with Menendez amendments to the resolution and the title.

 

Adopted S.Res.408, supporting the designation of April as “Parkinson’s Awareness Month”.

 

Began the Rule 14 process of the following items in order to place the bills on the legislative calendar:

–        S.2198, the Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014. (Feinstein)

–        S.2199, the Paycheck Fairness Act. (Mikulski)

 

Additional Executive items

Confirmed Executive Calendar #683, Christopher P. Lu, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor by voice vote.

 

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Last Floor Action: 4:58:30 P.M. -H.R. 4005 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4005.

Last Floor Action:11:02:59 A.M. – 3/28

The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on April 1, 2014.

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