… and documents it on her Facebook page. Lawmakers and their staff must sign up by this week. The process has been uneven, with some lawmakers reporting a far more difficult time than U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann reported that the website “crashed three times” when he was trying to sign up.
Meanwhile, here is Rep. DeLauro signing up:
Logging on …
Searching the plans …
Can it really be this easy?
Writing in the Washington Post over the weekend, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy explains Obamacare with the governors of Kentucky and Washington:
The Affordable Care Act has been successful in our states because our political and community leaders grasped the importance of expanding health-care coverage and have avoided the temptation to use health-care reform as a political football …
… In Connecticut, more than 50 percent of enrollment in the state exchange, Access Health CT, is for private health insurance. The Connecticut exchange has a customer satisfaction level of 96.5 percent, according to a survey of users in October, with more than 82 percent of enrollees either “extremely likely” or “very likely” to recommend the exchange to a colleague or friend.
In our states, elected leaders have decided to put people, not politics, first.
Obamacare is working.
That the message Democrats, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, are pushing today in an opinion piece in the Washington Post.
“Health reform is working for the people of Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut because elected leaders on both sides of the aisle came together to do what is right for their residents,” wrote Malloy and fellow Democratic governors, Jay Inslee of Washington and Steve Beshear of Kentucky.
“We urge Congress to get out of the way and to support efforts to make health-care reform work for everyone. We urge our fellow governors, most especially those in states that refused to expand Medicaid, to make health-care reform work for their people too.”
Meanwhile, another prominent Connecticut Democrat will also focus on health care this morning. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is slated to visit the Access Health CT storefront in New Britain. He will meet with employees and Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan.
The radio host has a worth-reading blog post about what his party is doing in Washington:
This will end as a lose-lose for the Republicans in Congress, at some point they will vote to reopen government, the conservatives across the country will be mad they gave in, Obamacare will be untouched, there will be some permanent scars and hard feelings within the Republicans in the Congress and they will get blamed for government disruption. A lot of us may be glad this all happened , but I never understood the long term strategy for Republicans, bottom line… I don’t think we can change the minds of these folks in Congress time for all of them to go….we need term limits now more than ever!!
A University of Connecticut Poll has found that most Americans disapprove of the soon-to-take-effect Affordable Care Act.
By a 53-38 margin, adults surveyed had an unfavorable view of the act, also know as Obamacare. According to the survey of 1,015 people, 42 percent say the country is worse off under Obamacare with just 29 percent say the country is better off.
Among those polled, 57 percent said they have enough information about the law, but 45 percent said they are not sure how the Oct. 1 launch date for the program will affect their own health coverage.
In an interview with Bloomberg today, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes says the dispute over funding the federal budget and Obamacare will likely lead to a government shutdown:
This new ad by group opposed to Obamacare showing Uncle Sam providing an exam to a young woman in stirrups might just be the creepiest ad you’ve ever seen.