Inland Empire's Obamacare Enrollment Figures Released; Numbers Less Than Predicted

A total 39,474 residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties signed up for subsidized and unsubsidized Covered California health insurance plans by the end of the year.

By the end of 2013, the number of uninsured Inland Empire residents who enrolled in healthcare plans offered through the state's health insurance exchange was about half of what was expected, according to figures released Friday.

California Department of Health Care Services officials said that from the time Covered California began enrolling people Oct. 1 to year's end, a total 39,474 residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties signed up for subsidized and unsubsidized health insurance.

The state had projected 76,069 enrollees over the three-month span.

Figures showed 23,417 uninsured Riverside County residents and 16,057 San Bernardino County residents signed up.

Based on a six-month projection of enrollees through the first quarter of 2014, the California Department of Health Care Services had predicted 40,377 for Riverside and 35,692 for San Bernardino.

Data indicated that enrollments in neighboring Orange and San Diego counties have exceeded expectations, at 113 and 105 percent, respectively.

Total statewide enrollment in health insurance plans using Covered California was 500,108 -- about 14 percent below projections.

Covered California is the state's health insurance "marketplace" through which plans are offered to people regardless of income or health status. The exchange was established under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obama Care.

Individuals, families and small businesses are eligible to use the portal, but can also continue to shop in the private sector for coverage, which is mandatory under Obama Care.

Covered California estimates that in 2014, 2.6 million state residents who previously could not afford health insurance will be able to obtain it, in some cases with taxpayer-backed "premium payment assistance," which includes enrollment in Medi-Cal.

Private insurance carriers offering plans via the exchange include Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Health Net and Kaiser Permanente.

Tables and graphics showing enrollment by metal tier and health insurance plan in each region are available online at https://www.CoveredCA.com/news/PDFs/regional-stats-dec/dec-regionals-all.pdf and https://www.CoveredCA.com/news/PDFs/regional-stats-dec/RegionalEnrollmentTables.pdf.

— City News Service.

linda hanna February 01, 2014 at 11:09 PM
And...what percent are paying into the system and what percent are welfare. Obamacare is a disaster and is planned to be so that ultimately insurance companies will go bust and single payer will be all that's left for us. Cuba here we come.
Dorothy February 02, 2014 at 12:56 AM
linda hanna, you are completely wrong you shouldn't listen to the nay sayer's for it isn't true. Insurance Companies will not go bust. Many people like the idea of the ACA and are happy for it. Single payer would actually be good and no all governments have health care all except for the United States don't you think it is about time. I find your remarks to be miss-leading to the people.
Marvin Harrison February 02, 2014 at 03:27 AM
and how many were uninsured only because their previous policy was cancelled because it didn't have prenatal dental?
Jeremiah February 02, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Linda - what has an insurance company done for you that a single payer system wouldn't? Besides take your money and limit your coverage? **** Jeremiah
Jeremiah February 02, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Linda - here are the benefits of an insurance based health care system: you get to pay for all these before one penny ever gets paid to your doctor for your care. **How much do those 30 - 60 story office buildings cost (1 or more for each of the approximately 15 major health insurers) in each of the major metropolitan areas? How much for maintenance and overhead of those buildings? How much for insurance? ** Then add the cost of the smaller branch offices in basically every large city and town - and the upkeep and insurance for those? ** Then you have salaries and wages for all those people - and bonuses for those who make multi- hundreds of millions already. Already we are into hundreds of billions of dollars. ** but wait, there's more - a lot of these companies supply their salesmen with cars. Then there are the costs of marketing - which of us doesn't receive flyers every week from one or more of these companies? ** Think that's it? Now we come to the profit - which has been allowed to increase 13% - 30% per year and is open ended. Add to that the costs of lobbying congress - we are talking hundreds of millions, even billions, in just this alone. Then there are costs of litigation (lawsuits and court actions). Add these up and you are talking costs of over several $1,000,000,000,000.00 which have been paid out of the pockets of the people using this insurance-based system BEFORE even 1 dime goes to your health care costs. **** So tell me - what do these companies do for you that is worth that cost? **** Jeremiah
desertpatriot February 02, 2014 at 11:05 AM
linda, how many thousands (if not millions) of illegals, bums, vagrants, riffraff, freeloaders etc. who were getting free medical before via emergency room are paying into the system today? uh-huh...exactly. how many young people who never had medical insurance before because they didn't need it are paying into the system today? linda, are you there? you're silence is deafening
ATC February 02, 2014 at 12:35 PM
And the government can ALWAYS do things much more efficiently than the private sector can, right? Cough, cough, choke. Seriously, Jeremiah, nearly all of those same jobs/positions will still exist in a government run system, but they will cost even more to cover the higher pensions and lower productivity that gov't workers ultimately translate into. What government program has EVER been more efficient than a private one? ******* DP, perhaps those Illegal aliens should be deported rather than supported, as none of them are payng into the ACA. Nor are the homeless, vagrants, bums, riffraff, etc. Although you are right, many young people who "didn't need insurance" are now being forced to buy something they didn't want or need, and many others, who had insurance that they WERE satisfied with, are being forced to pay more for plans/coverage that they don't want or need.
Jeremiah February 02, 2014 at 01:01 PM
ATC - hopefully we can discuss this one without rancor. I invite you to put your head together with me on this one and see what we come up with. **** I would not have ever guessed that you would come out in favor of an insurance-based system or that you would think I am in favor of a government-run single-payer system. NOT!! I am going to make a controversial statement here, but seeing as how this is church day and I am an audio engineer I won't be able to discuss it until later. **** Here goes - the insurance based system IS the government run system and our leaders will NEVER allow a single-payer system to be put in place. **** Another controversial statement: a line has been crossed where our 535+1 leaders have now placed you and I and all citizens in a position of having to buy a product from private and public corporations or be considered a criminal and face penalties (which will be paid to those same private and public corporations). **** Add these into the mix of what I said before, and before being knee-jerk antagonistic let me/us know what you personally think and maybe what a better plan than this insurance based ACA (Obamacare) might be. I'm interested and I'm not here to tear anyone down or ridicule their thoughts - I want to see what people actually think as this is a point of long-term study of mine and I do not think there are any good answers - a point I will make in the future as the discussion progresses. This health care issue is more of a horror story than we even imagine if we look behind the scenes. **** Jeremiah
ATC February 02, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Whoa there, Jeremiah. I'm not trying to be antagonistic at all, please don't jump to that conclusion (I hate the lack of voice inflection online, it makes comments too easy to misinterpret). We've gotten back to a position of respect here, no intention of changing that, as long as you toe the line (just kidding :) ). My point is that the ACA is a huge mistake for this country IMO that will end up costing all of us much more, for much less. I don't have an answer to the problem, but I can't believe that government is the answer. And I agree with most everything else you've said about both the private system AND the ACA. ******* Well, I too am off to church, followed by good friends and good food watching the SB. Have a good day.
Rebecca February 02, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Because if this ACA I now have to pay 684$ a mth for health insurance for my family which is a family of 4 when before i only paid 280$ for blue sheild so i am now one of the uninsured and will just pay the penalty its cheaper
Jeremiah February 02, 2014 at 05:51 PM
ATC - I do believe we are on the same side on this - I too believe the ACA is not only a major mistake that doesn't address the health care issues it was supposed to - I believe it was purposefully put in place to benefit the financial interests who actually control our government. Think how problematic it is when both you and I (whom I consider to be at least reasonably intelligent! :-)) cannot come up with a viable answer. That's pretty sobering. **** Jeremiah
Jeremiah February 02, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Rebecca - What kind of slavery is it when you cannot even opt out - you become a "lawbreaker" and get penalized. And the penalty goes to the same people so they still get money out of you without having to provide the insurance. This is what all 535+1 people (congress and the president) put into place for the people they were elected to represent. This is not a party line issue - ALL of them crafted this and passed it. Now they put on this show of battling over it but you will notice in reality nothing is being done. This is the specter of future fascism (control of people by the financial interests through government enforcement) rearing it's ugly head. Hold on - it only gets worse from here. **** Jeremiah
Rebecca February 03, 2014 at 12:55 AM
Exactly Jeremiah you couldnt have said it better, and before you didnt need to give your income to get insurance and now you have to say how much you make its health insurance you are not getting a loan I wish there was a way to repealed this ACA
Jeremiah February 03, 2014 at 01:32 AM
What would you repeal it to? It won't make a difference - you'll still be subject to the insurance companies who now have raised their rates - no way are they going to back up those rate hikes and reinstate your old insurance. This is what I mean it was a plan from the very beginning by both sides and the President to benefit the insurance companies rather than the people they were elected to represent. **** Hope you can find something, Rebecca. Best Wishes! **** Jeremiah
John Vollmar February 03, 2014 at 03:22 PM
In 50 years, the "private sector" has NOT covered those disenfranchised by the system. This represents nearly 40,000 human beings - with families, parents, childrenand spouses - NOW BEING COVERED. How can this be a bad thing - no matter WHAT your politics? The insurance companies absolutely needed a kick to the head to get on board. This is a good thing. It really is.


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