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Politicians Agree: ACA Enrollment Numbers are Disappointing

11:32 PM, Nov 13, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - From the beginning it seemed nothing could bring Republicans and Democrats together on health care.

It was a sticking point for months even while the government was shut down. 

But now, there's some common ground. Politicians are backing away from the Affordable Care Act.

READ: Democrat Angst Over Health Care Law Grows

Even the White House isn't happy with the latest enrollment numbers - only 27,000 people have made healthcare.gov work.

The Obama Administration hoped nearly 500,000 people would enroll in a health care plan by November 1.

Instead - only 106,185 people enrolled.

Of that, 26,794 people picked a plan using healthcare.gov.

In North Carolina - just more than 1,600 people have enrolled.

READ: Healthcare.gov Enrollment Lower Than Expected

On Tuesday, Senator Kay Hagan said North Carolinians deserve better and that she's demanding answers about the failures of healthcare.gov

Former President Bill Clinton wants the government to help people who've learned they're losing their insurance.

Clinton said, "I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got."

Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the law would never work.

Congressman Dave Camp, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, says if Obama wants to meet his enrollment goal - 68,000 people will have to enroll each day until the end of the year.

"Across the board we are going to see a rise in health insurance no matter where you are and this will roll into your private plans too," explained Eric Ford, UNCG.

"If you are getting your insurance through employers, you are going to see fairly significant increases because the same Blue Cross Blue Shields, Humana, Kaisers that are insuring us, are insuring these pools and they have to treat everything as one large pool now."

Ford says time will tell just how high rates go if enrollment stays low.

The House is expected to vote Friday on a bill called "Keep your Health plan Act" -- if passed, it would allow people to keep their current health insurance plans through 2014 without penalties. 

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