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An Obamacare Report Card

After a rough rollout, we’ll look at who is and who is not signing up for the Affordable Care Act.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The top Democrat in the Republican-controlled House focused on the Affordable Care Act and the fight to pass immigration reform. (AP)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The top Democrat in the Republican-controlled House focused on the Affordable Care Act and the fight to pass immigration reform. (AP)

After a botched rollout, the Obamacare marketplace is open for business. Celebrities and NBA All-Stars are doing a full-court press to encourage young people to sign up.  So far, those numbers are worrying. Also worrying, is what’s happening in states that didn’t expand Medicaid. Plenty of folks—mostly the poor–are still without any coverage.  Add to the mix, political pushback, and it’s still an uncertain road ahead for the Affordable Care Act.  Two healthcare reporters  are with us to unpack the latest news and answer your questions.   This hour, On Point: a report card on Obamacare.

Guests

Jenny Gold, healthcare reporter for Kaiser Health News. (@JennyAGold).

Dan Mangan, CNBC health care reporter. (@_DanMangan)

Carl Gibson, journalist and activist. Founder of U.S. Uncut. Wrote a piece in December called ‘Why I’m Choosing to Pay $300 to Stay Uninsured.” (@uncutcg)

From The Reading List

CNBC: Employers face tax hit in states with no Medicaid expansion — “The decision by 25 states not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare could cost some employers more than $1.5 billion in new taxes starting next year, a new analysis reveals. That tax hit might come as a shock to many of those businesses unaware of their exposure to the penalty—which will kick in if their employer-offered health plan is deemed too expensive and workers then buy private, subsidized Obamacare insurance.”

Wall Street Journal: Target Cuts Health Coverage for Part-Time Workers — “Target will stop covering part-time employees on April 1, the company said in a corporate blog post quoting human resources chief Jodee Kozlak. Less than 10% of Target’s roughly 360,000 employees take part in the plan being discontinued. Those employees will be given $500 due to the coverage being ended.”

MarketWatch: California’s Obamacare program is close to meeting enrollment goal — “California has, by far, exceeded any other state in the union for Obamacare signups. Figures released last week from the Department of Health and Human Services showed California accounted for roughly one-fourth of all enrollment in the nation during the last three months of the year. The state also got 584,000 applicants into Medi-Cal programs, bringing its total enlistment figure to more than 1 million for the October-December period.”

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