The president said more than six million people visited the website HealthCare.gov the day it opened on Oct. 1 and nearly 200,000 people phoned the call center.
“I’ve literally had a countdown to this day, as I’m sure so many others have too,” Nida wrote about the open enrollment. “We, the millions of Americans who are uninsured and underinsured, are not lazy. We’re hard-working Americans who despite our efforts and good intentions cannot afford premiums designed for businesses and corporations.”
As Nida searches for an affordable health care plan, Republicans have shut down the federal government for the first time in 17 years specifically to derail Obama’s Affordable Care Act. But despite the GOP roadblocks, Obamacare is moving forward anyway.
For Republicans, it’s all about blocking Obama’s legislative agenda until he leaves office. It’s hateful, reckless, petty and mean-spirited. And unfortunately for 800,000 federal employees who have been forced on furloughs, this is how congressional Republicans legislate: by hijacking America.
It’s now Day 10 of the government shutdown.
“This is not about spending. And this isn’t about fiscal responsibility,” Obama said. “This whole thing is about one thing: the Republican obsession with dismantling the Affordable Care Act and denying affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. That’s all this has become about. That seems to be the only thing that unites the Republican Party these days.”
Even though Nida wants the government shutdown resolved soon, carrying a valid health insurance card for the first time in seven years is paramount.
“I remember the embarrassment of finally accepting charity care as a last resort when things reached a tipping point during this time period several years ago,” Nida wrote. “All of this because I, like millions of Americans, don’t have health insurance.”
But in the weeks to come, Nida, like many other Americans, will finally be able to walk into a doctor’s office and pay for health coverage they can afford.
Thanks to Obamacare.