They wanted nothing to do with us,” agent Edmond Haronian says. “I honestly think agents saved the day.” “Originally Covered California was less than enthusiastic about agents. They wanted nothing to do with us,” agent Edmond Haronian says. “I honestly think agents saved the day.” (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times) Agents signed up 40% of the state’s Obamacare enrollment Via @latimes: “I honestly think agents saved the day” during Obamacare enrollment “Originally Covered California was less than enthusiastic about agents. They wanted nothing to do with us.” As enrollment neared under the Affordable Care Act, both President Obama and California officials boasted that signing up for health insurance would be as easy as ordering a book from Amazon.com or buying a plane ticket online. With that in mind, Covered California’s executive director, Peter Lee, predicted a bleak future for insurance agents selling individual policies, saying they could easily go the way of travel agents.
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Another vulnerable Dem offers strong case for Obamacare
So its curious that Hagan today made an aggressive case for a major pillar of the law thats supposedlyon the verge ofending her Senatorial career: The Medicaid expansion. Or, at least, its curious if you havent been paying attention, and arent aware that multiple Dems even vulnerable ones have been making a strong case for the expansion, and using it todraw a contrast with GOP opponents, even if Obamacare is not the centerpiece of their campaigns. This Hagan moment was key.Itcame during a hearing today for Sylvia Matthews Burwell, Obamas pick to head theHHS, and Dylan Scott has the details : Last year in North Carolina, our state legislature and governor decided against expanding the states Medicaid program, Hagan said as she started her questioning, and as a result, about 500,000 people who would have qualified for coverage through Medicaid are not now able to do so. These are some of the most vulnerable in our society, she said, who will continue to seek care in emergency rooms and then will leave chronic conditions unmanaged, which we know is detrimental to their health and the economy. […] Hagan then gave the example of a 35-year-old single woman whose income is below the federal poverty level therefore falling in the Medicaid expansion gap, which in non-expanding states means that those Americans will not have access to health coverage under Obamacare. So if a state had expanded it, she would have had access, Hagan said, where in the 24 states that havent expanded it, there is this huge number of people, in my state, 500,000, that are still without coverage. Thekey context here: Hagans new opponent, state House speaker Thom Tillis, was a staunch opponent of Obamacares Medicaid expansion, which would have expanded coverage to half a million North Carolinians. During the GOP primary he even ran an ad boasting thathe was solely responsible for stopping that outcome cold. Its widely understood that Tillis role in steering the state in a sharply conservative direction on issues such as voter ID, abortion, andthe safety net means this race will showcase one of the sharpest ideological contrasts of anycontest in the country . Less well understood is that Dems will make the Medicaid expansion a part of that contrast it will be part of the case that Tillis agenda and ideology areterrible for working and middle class Americans.
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