Skirting House G.O.P. on Immigration

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    Feb 14, 2014 1:46 AM GMT
    Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, offered a long-shot option on Thursday to revive the moribund effort to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws that would require the support of more than a dozen House Republicans — and, if nothing else, pressure others to act on an election-year issue that Tea Party-aligned members strongly oppose.

    The legislative maneuver, known as a discharge petition, would allow supporters of overhauling the nation’s immigration laws to circumvent the Republican majority in the House by bringing the measure directly to the House floor, bypassing the regular committee process. It is a rarely successful tactic, though it was used in 2002 to eventually win passage of a major campaign finance law.

    But Mr. Schumer’s strategy accomplishes an important goal of Democrats and immigration advocates: It keeps the pressure on Mr. Boehner and his fellow Republicans to move forward on at least some sort of an immigration overhaul, and serves as a cudgel for Democrats, especially looking toward the 2016 presidential elections.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/us/politics/schumer-backs-tactic-to-bring-immigration-overhaul-to-a-vote.html?hp
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    Feb 14, 2014 1:54 AM GMT
    Health Exchange Enrollment at 75 Percent of Target: More than 1.1. million people signed up for private insurance in federal and state exchanges in January, bringing the total to 3.3 million in the first four months of enrollment. The administration is getting closer to its goal.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/01/13/us/state-healthcare-enrollment.html
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    Feb 14, 2014 2:07 AM GMT
    That percentage is taken from Individuals determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP (3,181,155 people for all states), Individuals who have selected a private plan (3,299,492 people for all states), and Private plan enrollment target for first four months (4,380,920 people for all states), to obtain the 75% four month target reached as of February 1, 2014. See the link above.
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    Feb 14, 2014 2:09 AM GMT
    In January alone, officials said, more than 1.1 million people signed up for insurance in the federal and state exchanges.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/13/us/3-3-million-enrolled-in-health-care-marketplaces-more-young-people-signing-up.html
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    Feb 14, 2014 2:33 AM GMT
    The administration’s goal was to have 4.4 million people signed up by now, according to a memorandum prepared in September by the Department of Health and Human Services. But the federal insurance website, HealthCare.gov, got off to a rocky start, thwarting many people who tried to sign up in October and November.
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    Feb 14, 2014 4:10 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidHealth Exchange Enrollment at 75 Percent of Target: More than 1.1. million people signed up for private insurance in federal and state exchanges in January, bringing the total to 3.3 million in the first four months of enrollment. The administration is getting closer to its goal.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/01/13/us/state-healthcare-enrollment.html


    sorry dude, Obamacare is exploding.

    "Further, a spotty payment rate (50% in Washington and 66% in Nevada) creates a risk that the demographics of the paid exchange population may be older — and possibly sicker — than even the national signup data have signaled."

    http://news.investors.com/politics-obamacare/021014-689516-obamacare-enrollment-signups-stagnate-lag-2014-targets.htm?p=full
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    Feb 14, 2014 4:15 AM GMT
    Caroline F. Pearson, a vice president of Avalere Health, a research and consulting company, said: “Enrollment in the exchanges appears to be on track to reach roughly six million by the end of March. It is also important that the age mix of enrollees improved in January, relative to the first three months of open enrollment. That supports my hypothesis that the older, sicker enrollees will sign up first, and the younger, healthier people will enroll later.”

    The administration and its allies are planning a big push to sign up more people, in the hope that total enrollment through the exchanges could reach the administration’s original goal of seven million by the end of March.
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    Feb 14, 2014 4:19 AM GMT
    ^^

    of course they enroll, they just don't pay their premium, therefore they have no coverage
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    Feb 14, 2014 4:22 AM GMT
    About four-fifths of those choosing health plans to date qualified for financial assistance to help pay their premiums, administration officials said.
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    Feb 14, 2014 4:26 AM GMT
    A quarter of private plan enrollees are ages 18 to 34, who tend to have lower medical costs and their premiums are needed to help pay for the higher costs of insuring older and sicker consumers.
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    May 30, 2014 8:22 PM GMT
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