Video: More Than 11 Million Americans Are Now Covered Thanks to “Obamacare”


    Great news; yet more evidence that hysterical opponents of the Affordable Care Act were, and continue to be, dead wrong. Also, just imagine how many more people – beyond the eyepopping 11.4 million number – would be covered if “red” states, and states with Teapublican-controlled legislatures like Virginia, would stop sending our tax money to other states while denying people affordable health care coverage by allowing for Medicaid expansion, as provided in the Affordable Care Act (but as the right-wing SCOTUS foolishly/nonsensically made optional for states)? In short, what Republicans like Bill “ALEC” Howell and Virginia Senate Majority Leader Tommy “No Ethics for Me” Norment are doing is just plain nastiness, for no good reason other than to save them from an even crazier right wingnut possibly primarying them. This November, we need to vote as many of these extremists out of office.

    • Dan Sullivan

      On February 15, the second year of Open Enrollment came to a close with about 11.4 million consumers selecting plans or being automatically re-enrolled through the platform or State-Based Marketplaces. Of the 11.4 million, 8.6 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in the 37 states that use the platform. In addition, preliminary analyses of data provided by State-Based Marketplaces show that about 2.8 million consumers selected plans or were automatically re-enrolled between November 15 and February 15 in those states.

      Virginia’s cumulative plan selections totaled 384,612. Data from selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas that include portions of Virginia:

      Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – 151,130

      (VA and WV portions of MSA only)

      Richmond – 64,293

      Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC – 64,211

      Additional detail and explanation of the data is available at