reports, "State health exchange swamped with enrollees":
In response to higher-than-expected demand, the Covered California
exchange said it is adding staff and expanding its capacity to answer
consumer calls. It received 17,000 calls in less than an hour Wednesday,
more than it received in an entire day in recent weeks. The exchange is
also trying to dig through a backlog of 25,000 paper applications filed
in October and November.
During the first two months of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act,
California consistently outperformed the federal marketplace in 36
other states. Through mid-November, the state has enrolled nearly 80,000
people in private health plans, and 140,000 more appear to have
qualified for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
And yet Republicans are still saying things like this:
As condolences and reflections followed the passing of Nelson
Mandela, Rick Santorum linked the injustices the former South African
president fought and Obamacare.
“He was fighting against some
great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great
injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing
size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives —
and Obamacare is front and center in that,” Santorum said Thursday on
Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”