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October 31, 2014

Washington’s Uninsured Rate Plummets to 8.65 Percent

The Olympian: “State insurance officials say fewer than 9 percent of Washington residents still don’t have health insurance.”

“That’s a significant improvement from numbers before the Affordable Care Act went into effect.”

“The state Office of the Insurance Commissioner counted 970,000 uninsured Washington residents last year. That number is now 600,000 or about 8.65 percent of the state population.”

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2014/07/17/3230395/washington-uninsured-rate-drops.html?sp=/99/101/130/&ihp=0#storylink=cpy
  • bpai99

    This cannot be allowed to continue. Obamacare is evil and a threat to the very foundation of America. It must be stopped before it helps more people.

    • Andrei Bilderburger

      :-) Hahhahahaha!

      The problem with Obamacare is all the details people glossed over when they focussed on the one reasonable issue – people need to be financially responsible for their own health care and in America that means having insurance.

      • fuzzball

        Duh, that is what ACA does. You have to buy insurance and in case you cannot afford it the ACA doesn’t say,like the communist GOP DIE FOR THE Country!

  • Andrei Bilderburger

    I live in Washington. What happened is that all those newly insured people were SUPPOSED to be covered by the state’s high risk pool but the state would never appropriate money to actually cover them.

    Then Obamacare came along and they got told to just go buy insurance since they weren’t risk rated any more. All the ones who had been TRYING to buy insurance but were stiffed by state government then were able to sign up.

    So this is a victory of one communist party USA program over a communist state government that wasn’t able to afford it’s giveaway program because states, unlike the federal government, don’t own the mint and can’t just print money.

    Now it is really good for those 370,000 people who had been trying to buy insurance for years that they are finally able to buy insurance, but it isn’t a case of Obamacare rescuing them from the evil private sector. Obamacare rescued them from an evil communist (Democratic Party) state government that made a lot of promises it couldn’t keep.

    • Lorehead

      You’re delusional.

    • embo66

      Sigh. You aren’t very well informed.

      One likely reason even the high-risk pool was too expensive for the state to help cover was because — before Obamacare — insurance companies were still able to demand exorbitant premiums for anyone deemed “high risk,” which of course included any malady or pre-existing condition said companies didn’t feel like covering.

      Thanks to Obamacare, our PRIVATE SECTOR insurance companies have gained millions of new customers. The price they paid for all that guaranteed new business was the following:

      1. They can no longer exclude people who have pre-existing conditions like diabetes or cancer.

      2. They can no longer put lifetime caps on coverage payouts or dollar caps on hospital stays.

      3. They must provide basic, preventive healthcare for men, women, and children without charging a deductible, co-pay, or coinsurance.

      4. Companies that fail to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care must refund the difference to consumers (instead of putting that $$ toward “administrative costs”). In 2013 nearly 9 million Americans got some sort of rebate from health insurance companies who had overcharged them or their employer.

      And since you apparently don’t keep up with the actual news, it has been verified that the uninsured rate for Americans has now dropped from 18.3 to 13.9 percent nationwide.
      And yes, nearly 90% have paid their premiums.
      And yes, 83% report being at least somewhat happy with their new coverage.
      And yes, that includes 77% of the Republicans.

    • Lumpenproletariat

      “So this is a victory of one communist party USA program,”

      Pretty sure there’s no Communist Party USA members elected to national office, are you sure you’re not referring to a Republican party program instead?

      “…a communist state government…”

      You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

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