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Sign up for Covered California? More than 50K of Your Closest Friends Did

The 50,016 total in Orange County amounts to 113 percent of the 44,392 estimated for the region during the enrollment period.

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. (Max Whitaker/Getty Images)
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. (Max Whitaker/Getty Images)

More than 50,000 residents in Orange County signed up for health plans through Covered California in the final three months of last year, the agency announced today.

The 50,016 total in Orange County amounts to 113 percent of the 44,392
estimated for the region during the enrollment period.

Covered California is the state's marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Orange County constitutes 10 percent of the 500,108 consumers enrolled statewide in the ObamaCare health insurance marketplace.

“We're pleased by the enthusiastic response consumers … have shown in wanting quality and affordable health care to protect their families,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said.

--City News Service

Dan Avery February 01, 2014 at 01:35 AM
So, in other words, there were more people than expected in OC who took advantage of the fact they can now, somewhat, afford health insurance? Am I reading that correct, Penny?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 01, 2014 at 01:37 AM
The only part I can confirm is the "more people than expected" in OC (and LA). You may read whatever you like into the rest and debate it here. ;-)
Kathy DeLucio February 01, 2014 at 12:34 PM
The rest of us are facing substantial increases.
Dan Avery February 02, 2014 at 11:37 AM
That's not true at all Kathy, unless you had a crappy policy that really didn't protect you in the first place. In fact, it will now be a lot harder for health insurance companies to get increases through the department of insurance. For one thing, insurance companies fired all their underwriters, so they are saving some serious money in salaries, benefits, and pensions. The sales staff doesn't get anything other than a ten percent commission, since they are appointed, but not employees. The same thing will happen with health insurance that happened with auto insurance in California. You're paying less today for auto insurance than it would have cost you in 1980.
Tom Thumb February 02, 2014 at 02:08 PM
The people signing up are those that are getting subsidized. The lower the income, the greater the subsidy. The wife and I currently get our insurance through the business. I went on the Covered California site a couple weeks ago and found with our income, our subsidy is $500.00. The rates for the plans are higher, considering the same deductable, than we currently pay, but with our big subsidy, we're going to switch soon. Where do you think the money is coming from to pay the subsidies of which, I'm guessing, 90% of the people signing up are getting?
Tom Thumb February 02, 2014 at 03:40 PM
One thing I heard from somewhere recently is that if one receives Medicaid, that when that person dies, assets in their estate, if they have one, are taken as compenstation for the Medicaid they received. I just looked online and read this is called the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program. So looked at Obamacare to see if something similar is there, and came up with: www.theabsurdreport.com/2014/obamacare-and-the-death-tax-by-the-bear . If true, this puts a damper on signing up.

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