Obama touts Obamacare's successes in Calif.
June 7th, 2013
01:51 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama touts Obamacare's successes in Calif.

San Jose, California (CNN) – While in California for diplomatic meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Obama took time for a short victory lap praising the successes achieved so far by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

"In the states that have committed themselves to implementing this law correctly, we're seeing some good news," the president told reporters at a San Jose hotel. "Competition and choice are pushing down costs in the individual market, just like the law was designed to do."

Pointing out that many opponents of the law predicted costs would rise and choice would decrease, Obama rattled off statistics showing more insurers have applied to enter the California insurance marketplace when it opens in October, and that estimated premiums have been lower than expected.

"None of this is a surprise," the president said. "This is the way that the law was designed to work. But since everybody's been saying how it's not going to happen, I think it's important for us to recognize and acknowledge, this is working the way it's supposed to."

California is a crucial state for the success of Obamacare's health care expansion plans. For the legislation's insurance exchanges to be successful, senior Obama administration officials estimate they need to encourage roughly seven million people nationwide to enroll.

"Of those seven million people it's really important for us to get between 2.6, 2.7 million into the marketplaces who are young and healthy people, and so that's part of our goal, part of our focus," one official said on a conference call with reporters. "When you drill down a little bit deeper and you think about where a lot of these young and healthy folks are who are going to be subject to the efforts. One out of every three live in three states, the state of Texas, the state of Florida and the state of California. "

In California, the administration estimates that roughly 6 million people will be eligible for the state's insurance exchange. Of those 6 million, roughly 2.6 million will qualify for federal subsidies to help purchase insurance, and nearly half of those individuals are Hispanic.

So in addition to touting his legislation's successes, the president also highlighted a partnership between California's three largest Hispanic media organizations and the California Endowment – a private, statewide health foundation aimed at expanding access to affordable health care.

Administration officials hope this partnership will be a model to help raise awareness about state-run health insurance exchanges in Spanish-speaking communities across the country and ultimately, once the exchanges are fully operational, encourage those individuals to enroll.

"The main message I want for Californians and people all across the country, starting on October 1st, if you're in the individual market, you can get a better deal," the president said. "If you're a small business that's providing health insurance to your employees, you can get a better deal through these exchanges. You've got to sign up, Healthcare.gov, or here in California, CoveredCA.com."


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Donna

    "government subsidies" other wise known as healthcare others, like you and I, pay for. And how many of them will be getting totally FREE healthcare on our dime? Of course people on the exchanges will be paying less! WE are picking up the costs!!! What a sham this guy is.

    And since when did the government getting involved in ANY part of our economy drive prices DOWN? None.

    June 7, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    We need to Repeal Obamacare & replace it w/the Republican Plan of--?

    June 7, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Pointing out that many opponents of the law predicted costs would rise and choice would decrease, Obama rattled off statistics showing more insurers have applied to enter the California insurance marketplace when it opens in October, and that estimated premiums have been lower than expected.
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    The arguments that health care costs would rise never made any sense. The arguements defied the basic supply and demand principles. Consumers have more choices, a greater supply, and lower prices as a result. Hospitals are getting paid, instead of giving away free health care. Pres. Obama noted that the programs must be CORRECTLY implemented for the cost reductions fo be realized.

    In other words, all of these situations where employer provided health insurance rates are increasing, along with increasing deductibles, is really a matter of price gouging and insurance scalping.

    June 7, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Obama = JOKE, and a very bad one at that.

    June 7, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. California Gary

    While doomsayers and GOP governors are dragging their feet and doing everything they can to make this fail, progressive states and governors are preparing to implement and they will receive the most benefit from the program. While the implementation is complicated, I believe that once it is in full force, the ACA will benefit an awful lot of Americans and will therefore benefit us all. We all pay for those uninsured folks that go to the ER now......that will decrease dramatically under the ACA. Those that have been screaming at the top of their lungs that this will be the end of America as we know it will look pretty foolish post implementation.

    June 7, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Revolution

    Uh say what?! Ha

    June 7, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    I do not give darn hoot whether is success or not–IT IS NEEDED, it has been needed for GENERATIONS WHICH GOP IDIOTS THUGS IGNORED, after taking bribe from insurance thugs. Sure.

    June 7, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. bobo

    Give it time..... Everybody will see that Obama care is a disaster.....

    June 7, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Guest

    the ACA is taking care of illegal immigrants everywhere and right here in southern crapifornia as well...and the taxpayers dont even know we're stealing from them.....I'll be gone by then! Hope and change!

    June 7, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Hal

    I guess we will see in October. I live in California, and my insurance rates have doubled in the last two years.

    June 7, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    Looking forward to the denial of DATA DRIVEN proof on the efficacy of Obamacare from conservatives here.

    June 7, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Reality is that Republicans want to repeal Obamacare and replace it with WeDon'tCare.

    June 7, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. RJ

    Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Pointing out that many opponents of the law predicted costs would rise and choice would decrease, Obama rattled off statistics showing more insurers have applied to enter the California insurance marketplace when it opens in October, and that estimated premiums have been lower than expected.
    -----–
    The arguments that health care costs would rise never made any sense. The arguements defied the basic supply and demand principles. Consumers have more choices, a greater supply, and lower prices as a result. Hospitals are getting paid, instead of giving away free health care. Pres. Obama noted that the programs must be CORRECTLY implemented for the cost reductions fo be realized.

    In other words, all of these situations where employer provided health insurance rates are increasing, along with increasing deductibles, is really a matter of price gouging and insurance scalping.

    -–

    In other words you reject reality and insert your own skewed view.

    June 7, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Hal

    I guess we will see in October. I live in California, and my insurance rates have doubled in the last two years.
    -----------------------–
    Insurers predicted increases, while independent experts predicted decreases. Your insurance rates have not double in the last two years. If they have then you've been ripped off. The ACA contains language that requires that insurers provide written proof of why annual rate hikes need to exceed 20% or some other low number.

    June 7, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Um,Hum,
    Sounds Great. Also the current Jobs Report is out of sight. Good News? The Nanny State is alive and well. All Big Social Proograms, put in place by the Federal Government are un Constutional. But, you voted for it. I hear the Congress doesn't have the money to implement Obama Care so the Secetary of Health and Human Services is browbeating the people they are regulating to divvy up big amounts of money. Stay Tuned. You will be experencing a huge train wreck.

    June 7, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    ""government subsidies" other wise known as healthcare others, like you and I, pay for."

    "government subsidies" other wise known as free oil profits that you and I pay for.

    June 7, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    ""government subsidies" other wise known as healthcare others, like you and I, pay for."

    "government subsidies" other wise known as free oil profits that you and I pay for.

    FIFY

    BTW, what's so hard for you to understand about the fact that whether people get a subsidy to buy insurance OR simply go to the ER and never pay for it, you and I both end up paying for it anyway? The difference, is that the subsidy will help bring costs down, whereas "free" ER visits are a major source of cost escalation.

    June 7, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "The arguments that health care costs would rise never made any sense. The arguements defied the basic supply and demand principles."
    -------
    Okay, Mr. Supply & Demand. You say that there's no new demanders because they go to the ER now, right? And that's a good thing because it's cheaper to go to a primary care physician, right? Okay then... 40 million new demanders of primary care services and no new suppliers of primary care services. What happens, Rudy?

    June 7, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    RJ wrote:

    In other words you reject reality and insert your own skewed view.
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    Do you know how many posts I've seen by people on the right claiming that their health insurance has doubled. I tell them they are either being ripped off, or they're liars. The ACA contains language that prohibits insurers from raising rates more than a certain percentage per year. To raise it by more than that, the insurer would have to file for relief.

    As far as rejecting reality goes, do you realize that your accusation dismisses the California statistics?

    June 7, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Tony

    I do not give a rat's bootay what the reclownlikkklans on this post say i know that the ACA will be a huge success. It will keep cost low you cannot be turned down for preexisting condition, the American people will not have to loose their homes to pay medical bills because their will not be a cap on how much these greedy insurance company can pay out
    Americans will not have to die because of lack of insurance.

    June 7, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    As a taxpayer, I'm tired of paying for freeloaders like Donna to take free trips to the ER. The only trip I'd be happy to pay for, is for doctors to help her pull her head from her colon-portal.

    June 7, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. JJ236

    The millions of sanctuary city illegals in Ca. really love O. They get both amnesty and taxpayer funded healthcare !!!

    June 7, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |