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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden laugh together during a meeting of the National Governors Association at the White House in Washington February 23, 2009.    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  
President Obama will be personally and actively involved in the Obamacare rollout this fall, and he'll have some high profile help.
The White House is mapping out a strategy to deploy the president, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden in what will be their most coordinated effort yet to sell Obamacare, senior administration officials said.

A burst of activity will coincide with the October opening of the insurance marketplaces, but the West Wing views this next phase as something more akin to a political campaign’s push for early votes. Over the six-month enrollment period, the White House will use the Obamas and Bidens strategically, tracking the turnout for the exchanges in key states and sending them into weak markets to boost numbers. [...]

The increased involvement comes at an obvious juncture, as the unpopular law enters prime time. But it also signals the stakes for Obama: It’s his best opportunity to prove critics wrong and begin turning around public opinion if the rollout can beat expectations, which the president is already trying to downplay with his refrain that Obamacare won’t be the first flawless enterprise in human history. [...]

There will be an coordinated push, with events by advocacy groups and tweets from celebrities, but aides said they’re reluctant to over-hype the first day. Glitches and problems are likely. At least one state, Oregon, has delayed opening its exchanges until mid-October. And the actual coverage doesn’t begin until Jan. 1.

That will all help and is absolutely necessary because there are still very large gaps in awareness and understanding of the law. The August tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that half the public says they "don’t have enough information about the ACA to understand how it will impact them and their family," and those numbers are even higher in target populations: "Hispanics (64 percent), the uninsured (62 percent), young adults (62 percent of those ages 18-25), and those with lower incomes (60 percent of those with family incomes less than $40,000 a year)."

Obama also needs to enlist some back-up from the medical community, according to the KFF poll. Doctors and nurses are at the top of the list of most trusted sources of information about Obamacare, with pharmacists coming in at number four.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (29+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 11:45:15 AM PDT

  •  I Hope They're Planning an Information Blitz (11+ / 0-)

    in half states where the feds will be operating the exchanges. You know the Repub states will not inform their citizens.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 12:12:54 PM PDT

    •  They're not just planning, they're doing (3+ / 0-)
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      splashy, jj32, puckmtl

      Field operations are up and running in many of the most important states where the feds are running the exchanges, knocking doors to inform residents of the options the ACA makes available to them.  I know there's a massive campaign in TX and there's also one running in OH, organized through Get Covered America, which if I'm not mistaken was set up by OFA.

      BTW, it's about 30 states where the feds will run the exchanges -- closer to 60% than half.

      The efforts to repeal Obamacare are the GOP Abort Obamacare Act. lynneinfla

      by litho on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:20:54 PM PDT

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  •  They oughta enlist Hobbs (4+ / 0-)
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    scamperdo, cocinero, litho, Wildthumb

    He's got a testimonial: "Hallelujah! I can walk! All thanks to ObamaCare!" Soon it will be "I can walk!" and "I can see!" or at least see much better, since cataract removal is on the agenda coming up soon as well.

    I wish I were on that pre-existing condition plan, it's $100+ per month cheaper than my Blue Cross, and the coverage is better, too.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 12:18:35 PM PDT

  •  Damnit - this is great (7+ / 0-)

    Let's get this on the road.  I love President Obama and the beginning of healthcare for Americans - like all other western developed nations!  Hallelujah!

    •  Obamacare is still for-profit focused. (2+ / 0-)
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      Nailbanger, Willa Rogers

      Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

      by The Dead Man on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 04:50:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  No. Not really. (7+ / 0-)

        It's focused on providing better and more affordable care for the American people. There is certainly progress to be made, but the core problem is that it just doesn't fuck the health insurance industry enough to satisfy certain people on the Far Left.

        •  We cant continue to pay double (0+ / 0-)

          for half the care as the rest of the industrialized world, while paying 10x the defense budget, and the remainder to the investment banks.  
          The ACA in itself is nearly as unsustainable as what it replaced.
          If it is a sly way to get to single payer, maybe there is a chance, if not... an opportunity wasted.

          "Searches with nonspecific warrants were ‘the single immediate cause of the American Revolution.’” Justice Wm. Brennan, referring to the 4th Amendment

          by Nailbanger on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:07:45 PM PDT

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        •  Not the insurance, the providers (1+ / 0-)
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          Willa Rogers

          Until they are willing to do some price controls, and restrict the tie-in-deals like docs ordering fancy-schmancy tests from a lab/MRI/whatever that the doctor owns, insurance can't be affordable. And the fraud seems to be a hemorrhage, and will likely get worse when more people have insurance or Medicaid.

          •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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            Until they are willing to do some price controls
            But try and pass that bill over the objection of basically all of the Health Care industry. A few years down the line? When they're acclimated to increased regulation? Sure, maybe. Three years ago? No way.
            •  Medicare has had price controls since the 1980's (0+ / 0-)

              I don't remember exactly when but I'm pretty sure it was in the late 1980's.  
              Universal health care (well, maybe nearly universal) would have been simple as falling off a log if they'd just have put everyone on Medicare.  

              We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

              by david78209 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 06:07:43 PM PDT

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              •  So why does the cost keep going up? (0+ / 0-)

                I should have added my thoughts on why Medicare keeps getting more expensive.  There's the obvious demographic factor -- we've got more people over 65.  Also, they're living about 3 years longer, on average, than they were when Medicare went into effect in 1965.  The number of years you could expect to keep on living the day you blew out 65 candles has gone up from about 15 more years to about 18 since Medicare started.  Before that, from 1900 to 1965, it stayed remarkably constant.  Your chance of making it to sixty five improved a whole lot, but once you got there how many more birthdays you could expect stayed at about 15.

                Another thing that Medicare did was make you likely to survive more serious illnesses before you died.  Nobody's measured this; defining 'serious illness' episodes would be hard enough, and comparing over decades would make it a lot harder.  But I've been in practice since 1979, and I practiced with my father until 2002 and absorbed some of his insights.  He entered practice in 1950.  I'd guess that before Medicare, someone over 65 had a 50/50 chance of surviving his first serious illness.  That means your life expectancy at age 65, measured not in years but in serious illnesses survived, would have been less than one.  With Medicare, it's probably over two serious illnesses on average, maybe three.  

                So what are we buying with all that money spend on Medicare?  Three more years of good health, or of chronic illness and misery?  I'd argue that we're getting over three more years of good health.  I think fewer seniors suffer a prolonged decline now.  

                Is it worth it?  We'd probably get more mileage out of better care for pregnant ladies and children.  But we can afford both -- especially if we pass on the latest war we've been offered.

                We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

                by david78209 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 06:33:26 PM PDT

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        •  Well congratulations for endorsing even MORE (0+ / 0-)

          taxpayer money being shoveled into the corporate maw.

          The hookers and blow the executives will consume thank you.

          Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

          by The Dead Man on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:43:51 PM PDT

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  •  I'm spreadig the gospel far and wide (6+ / 0-)
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    litho, splashy, Esjaydee, htowngenie, rsmpdx, Matt Z

    as should everyone who supports the ACA.

    Tell your friends!

  •  Blitz?!... in light of current events in Syria.... (5+ / 0-)

    ... How about "Obamacare Shock and Awe" ?... ;)

    Dudehisattva...

    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 04:57:46 PM PDT

  •  I wish they wouldn't do this (0+ / 0-)

    The money could be spent much more effectively on advertising and outreach at the local level.

    Obama's approval ratings aren't the greatest right now and he's been caught lying on a couple of things lately, namely the NSA scandal.

    Then there's the whole mess on Syria.

    All of his negatives will reflect poorly on the Affordable Care Act and will distract from the overall message.

    Please reconsider, Mr. President.  Do the ACA a favor and let someone else sell it.

    Thanks.

    "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:00:36 PM PDT

    •  Other people *are* helping (6+ / 0-)

      And while a lot of people around here are pissed off with the administration, what's effective shouldn't be based on your opinion, or mine.  This is a data based problem, and I will tell you bluntly that a lot of information such as opinion polling, "data experiments" and other hard information is going around progressive groups and in government about how to reach out to people, and who most needs and/or might best respond to outreach.

      My sense is that Obama et al are doing this right now because the data suggests they should.  Just because you don't find it persuasive does not mean it won't do the job for some potion of the public we need to reach.

      Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

      by mbayrob on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:17:40 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the concern n/t (5+ / 0-)
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      NedSparks, jj32, htowngenie, puckmtl, Matt Z

      The efforts to repeal Obamacare are the GOP Abort Obamacare Act. lynneinfla

      by litho on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:22:30 PM PDT

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    •  You weren't for the ACA over the years and now (6+ / 0-)
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      jj32, htowngenie, splashy, puckmtl, rsmpdx, Matt Z

      you're suggesting the President have nothing to do with his own healthcare plan that he has been held in contempt for by people on the Right and people on the Left over these 4 or so years.

      By the way, despite what people on the Right and some folk on the Left may think, this President is still quite popular; he does not need to go hide somewhere and pretend he had nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.

      Wow, you got some audacity there....

      •  LOL, you got that wrong. Again. (0+ / 0-)

        I've been working on health care reform since around 2004.

        Yes, the program needs to be publicized, but the funds to do so would be better spent on other forms of outreach, other people sending the message.

        "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

        by Betty Pinson on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 09:17:58 AM PDT

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    •  Pay no attention to the discouraging voices, (5+ / 0-)
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      jj32, htowngenie, splashy, puckmtl, Matt Z

      folks. Full steam ahead with the promotion of ACA, whoever's selling it.

      "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

      by Wildthumb on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:48:00 PM PDT

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  •  How do we get involved? (3+ / 0-)
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    sharman, litho, rsmpdx

    I know for a fact that labor and other progressive groups are doing very serious organizing work, especially in places like Mordor Texas.  But I'm not yet seeing much mobilization of people like us to help.

    I know of Enroll America.  Does anyone have info about how to help?  Who's doing the best work right now?

    Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

    by mbayrob on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:09:15 PM PDT

    •  Get Covered America's (1+ / 0-)
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      mbayrob

      "How You Can Help" page.

      Opportunities to attend or host events, volunteer, promote through social media, etc.

      Get Covered America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan campaign of Enroll America focused on raising public awareness and engaging consumers about the new health insurance available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Powered by passionate staff and volunteers, our team has one goal: to connect you, the American consumer, to the right resources and information so you can choose a health insurance plan that's right for you, your family, and your budget.

      The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions,but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. - Malala Yousafzai

      by rsmpdx on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 10:15:27 PM PDT

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  •  Good luck ... (0+ / 0-)

    getting anyone to talk about anything but the new war.

    Talk about stepping on your own message.

    The modern Democrat is one who promotes old GOP ideas and calls them progressive in comparison to new GOP ideas.

    by masswaster on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:12:49 PM PDT

  •  Blitz, funny choice of words (0+ / 0-)

    Is he playing to bomb Obamacare too. Probably not, imagine if the White House used the same energy to promote the public option, as they do Syria, we might have it.

  •  We can and should help the president do this (9+ / 0-)

    by volunteering with Get Covered America, ideally to knock doors of people who need to learn how the ACA will help them individually.

    In fact, that at the door contact is a thousand times more important than a presidential appearance.  It's how we can act as a social movement to actually bring this change into being.

    The efforts to repeal Obamacare are the GOP Abort Obamacare Act. lynneinfla

    by litho on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:17:57 PM PDT

  •  I don't understand the ACA either (1+ / 0-)
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    Willa Rogers

    I understand the broad picture. But I don't know what my own choices will actually look like. They've now published the premiums for RI -- all Blue Cross, I think, so much for competition -- and they're awful (for my age group), and it doesn't say what the copays and deductibles will be. But the real unknown is the subsidies, since most of us won't be paying sticker price. I don't understand how they work, and don't have anything more than a very ballpark estimate from some online calculator.

    So if someone called up and said "Do you understand what this means for you?" I would say "Not really."

    All the pre-October 1 propaganda is just hype -- like the pre-season car ads, with no price tags and no ability to test-drive.  

    •  Find a reputable insurance agent... (1+ / 0-)
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      rsmpdx

      ...who's undergone the PPACA navigator training, and speak to her or him. That's what I'm doing.

      "Getting the word out" is one thing I don't mind turning over to the newly hired troops. But when it comes to the intricacies of policies and subsidies (and my personal info), I'm using an insurance agent I already trust to help with Exchange enrollment.

      •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

        Have you seen how simple the comparisons between plans are?  Have you gone to Healthcare.gov and answered the questions there?  That is how simple it will be on Oct 1st.  The beauty of ACA is that it eliminates all the marketing gobbledygook that makes traditional insurance policies so confusing (actually they design their products to be confusing).  No bells, no whistles, just a simple choice between 4 plan levels, and then a choice based on price between insurance companies.  You won't need an insurance agent unless you have very complicated chronic illnesses with complicated tax scenarios.

        Health Insuance agents are going the way of travel agents.  It's just easier and cheaper for most people to go online and do it themselves.

        Really folks, all this "concern" is breaking my heart.

        We are all in this together.

        by htowngenie on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:06:59 PM PDT

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        •  Given that there will be 70-some plans offered... (0+ / 0-)

          ...with 4 different ranges of benefits in my area, I'd rather give a trusted agent the parameters of what I'm looking for and see what he recommends. He hasn't steered me wrong before, when I've used his knowledge and expertise in helping my clients.

          I've looked at the plans online and would still prefer help with enrolling, and so would many of my friends. If working through established insurance agents we know and trust ends up enrolling more folks in the Exchanges, what's the harm to you?

        •  Also, there's no extra charge for consumers... (0+ / 0-)

          ...who use certified agents. You're spreading disinfo.

          •  I have a license to sell insurance in Texas. (0+ / 0-)

            I am retired but still have an active license.  What type of work do you do? (you mention clients)

            We are all in this together.

            by htowngenie on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:26:07 PM PDT

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            •  Forgot your last question. (0+ / 0-)

              What's the harm to me?  Nothing personally, I have the best health insurance in the world that is never going away until I die.  

              But I am worried about 30 million+ who are going to be signing up.  I do not want them to become victims of scams or charlatans.  

              Quite frankly, I doubt your motives here and I'm calling you on it.  What's in it for you?  It doesn't sound like "friendly" advice to me.

              We are all in this together.

              by htowngenie on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:33:01 PM PDT

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              •  Hence my advice to use an agent you trust! (nt) (0+ / 0-)
                •  I think insurance agents are bookies. (0+ / 0-)

                  There is no need for them in the majority of cases.  Health insurance agents are going the way of the dinosaur.

                  We are all in this together.

                  by htowngenie on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:45:44 PM PDT

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                •  Not sure I understand this comment. (0+ / 0-)

                  My insurance coverage is provided by my husband's employer Exxon-Mobil who, surprisingly, offer a version of insurance that is pretty freakin close to the ultimate Single Payer model.  They are self insured because they can afford to be, they are richer than most of the countries in the world.  But guess what?  They are NOT richer than the USA...the USA CAN afford Universal Healthcare for all citizens. We are just too greedy.  

                  I never sold health insurance - I'm a retired banker.  I had the license in order to sell annuities, which I never sold either.  I was a VP in treasury management selling bank products to large corporates and middle markets.  Hey, it was just a job.  I'm a socialist at heart.

                  We are all in this together.

                  by htowngenie on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 10:12:13 PM PDT

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              •  I'm not in the insurance biz, nor do I... (1+ / 0-)
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                ...get any commission from any agent or business. People are free to use the websites, or a newly trained Navigator, or insurance agents. As long as the uninsured and underinsured enroll, it's all good!

          •  I'm not spreading disinfo, (0+ / 0-)

            I spend everyday here on DKos counteracting lies and myths about ACA.  I've not run into your name in the comments during that time.  I never even said anything about fees to agents in my response to you.  But you sure sound like an insurance advertisement.  When are you going to start typing in small print so that you fully disclose to consumers who you are and what your angle is?

            We are all in this together.

            by htowngenie on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:42:04 PM PDT

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            •  Stop. You're verging on CT. (0+ / 0-)

              I, too, have posted for years too about the ACA here, and if you have a problem with my posts then contact an admin. Your demands that I disclose personal info to satisfy your paranoia are getting awfully close to rulebreaking.

      •  Agree, the "Navigators" are going to (0+ / 0-)

        be really helpful, analogous to the help I got from navigators when enrolling in Medicare.

        I found myself spinning my wheels evaluating options, and the navigator was a great help!  A free service, I might add.  I was really grateful for the knowledgeable guidance.

        The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions,but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. - Malala Yousafzai

        by rsmpdx on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 10:31:00 PM PDT

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    •  I just went to Healthcare.gov and (0+ / 0-)

      it doesn't have any information about Rhode Island premiums.  It says to wait until Oct 1st.

      Oct 1st is the start date and has always been the start date.  Be patient and wait for the start date.

      Why do commenters here say they already know?  You wrote:

      They've already published the premiums for RI-- All Blue Cross, I think, so much for competition.
      It's obvious you are not happy with ACA and you are commenting here in hopes of discouraging others.  My question to you is:  Who is "They" ?  Please provide a link to the information you are repeating.

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 08:56:16 PM PDT

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      •  Check here for Rhode Island rates (0+ / 0-)

        HealthSource RI, Documents of Interest.

        Please make a better effort to inform yourself.

        The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions,but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. - Malala Yousafzai

        by rsmpdx on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 10:37:34 PM PDT

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        •  Perhaps you mis-read the website? (1+ / 0-)
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          From the very first document it states that RI will have a choice of 3 carriers on Oct 1st with plans to add more later.

          With 25+ plan options, Rhode Islanders can see,
          compare and enroll in the plan that best fits their needs,
          from insurance carriers Blue Cross & Blue Shield of
          Rhode Island, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island,
          and UnitedHealthcare.
          I'm not sure which page you looked at but assume it is the one describing individual plans by age, which is a draft written on Aug 20, 2013 and contains the following at the bottom:
          This is a partial summary of benefits and coverage and should not be considered a contract. This information, including all quoted rates, should be used for informational purposes only. You should only rely upon the Evidence of Coverage document provided to you from your health insurance company for information on rates, covered benefits, limitations and exclusions.  DRAFT
          The website you led me to is the marketplace exchange for Rhode Island and states in several places that you should come back to the website on Oct 1st, which is what I said in my response to you.  
          As of October 1, 2013, you can use our Insurance Selector to get started. We’ll see if you qualify for a tax credit that lowers the cost of your coverage, and get you all the information you need to weigh the cost and quality of each option.

          Once you pick a plan, you’ll be able to submit your first month’s payment by mail or through our secure website. Your coverage will then begin on January, 1, 2014. If you have any questions along the way, our support team is available online, by phone, or in person to help.

          Meanwhile, be sure to check back often. We’ll be adding tools, resources, and services that support smart healthcare choices and a happy, healthy life.

          I live in Texas, why on earth would I know anything about what they are offering in Rhode Island?  I only asked you for a link because I thought you might be misinformed and repeating it here, which is discouraging to others.  As it turns out, you were misinformed.  

          We are all in this together.

          by htowngenie on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 03:39:29 PM PDT

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          •  This is your first response to me. I think (0+ / 0-)

            you requested the link from someone else upthread. To which request, I responded.  Just clarifying that point.

            In any case, the HealthSource RI, as the RI ACA exchange, is the right place to go for definitive rates, when they are finalized.  In the meantime, there are quoted rates at that site, "for informational purposes only", which "should not be considered a contract."  Nonetheless, a good place to get started for a first approximation of available plans and rates.  Probably better than Healthcare.gov which, as you say, "doesn't have any information about Rhode Island premiums."

            Why would you, in Tx, know about what's offering in RI?  Just to satisfy your curiosity I guess, and to give more complete information to commenters here. As always, Google is your friend, whether you live in RI, TX, or, like me, in OR.

            I apologize for the flip final sentence in my original comment: no need to muddy the water further with nastiness.

            The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions,but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. - Malala Yousafzai

            by rsmpdx on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 10:52:36 PM PDT

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            •  My apologies, I hope the original RI commenter (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              rsmpdx

              saw the answer I posted but it's unlikely at this late date and it's not worth my time to repost to the parent post.  

              I am very hopeful that ACA will be a success and that millions will have access to healthcare for the first time that is NOT the ER.  And I get discouraged (and sometimes angry, which is not my natural nature) when I see posts here that are attempts to discourage and cast doubt on ACA.

              The posts that irritate me the most are along the lines of "My premiums are going up and no one can answer my questions," without stating what State they are in.  That information is critical to giving them an answer that is pertinent to their personal case - a personal case they have decided is pertinent to this discussion.   When I respond with "What state are you in?" I rarely get a reply.  Thus, myths go unchecked, and other readers are discouraged and wrongly believe that ACA is tangled mess.  

              Until the announced date for the "opening of the store" so to speak, the majority of us won't know what's for sale inside.  But then we have 3 months to bitch about the bad products and lack of offerings or crow about the amazing deals we find.  Until then, the commenters need to stop commenting unless they live in a state that actually has an exchange up and running like in Vermont or CoveredCalifornia.  

              I've read the ACA - it's saved on my desktop.  It's hard enough to know what's in there to make me an informed supporter of the ACA much less being required to know the details for each and every state.  I think it's incumbent upon us to ask posters for evidence to back up what they say.  Sometimes I don't do that very well.

              Thanks for the clarification.  

              We are all in this together.

              by htowngenie on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 08:50:37 AM PDT

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              •  Thanks for your efforts in support (0+ / 0-)

                of the ACA.  It sounds like you have a lot invested, and have put much energy into informing yourself.  Kudos for that!

                Coincidentally, I have family in Houston, where I grew up.  It was a reminder from a sister there about sign-ups starting 10/1 which prompted me to begin learning more about the process.

                Actually, I am trying to get a handle on how the process is going nationwide, because I so much want it to succeed.

                I hope to be encouraging and nudging friends, relatives, and even posters here on DKos to help make the rollout successful.  I think the best way for me to do that is to work in concert with the people responsible for outreach: Enroll America for the states without their own exchanges, and the exchanges themselves in the states that have them.

                The state exchanges, typically, have appropriate budgets for outreach and education (including "navigators").  

                The national outreach effort, which must reach the many millions in states like TX without exchanges, is less well-funded.  Therein lies the potential for confusion, misinformation, and even, sadly, sabotage.  

                Get Covered America (Enroll America's outreach campaign) needs help from volunteers.  Here's their "How You Can Help" page.

                Looking forward to helping make the rollout process successful, and getting everyone covered!

                The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions,but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. - Malala Yousafzai

                by rsmpdx on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 10:58:35 AM PDT

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                •  Thanks for working hard on this issue. (1+ / 0-)
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                  I, too, attended an Enroll America seminar and signed up as a volunteer.  Unfortunately, I have yet to be contacted.  It's been about 3 weeks now.  

                  I also sent my resume and volunteered for whatever needed to be done to the community organization who received the Navigator grant here in Harris Co (there were only two grants in Texas - this one 2 miles from me and one in Tarrant Co 285 miles from me).  I have a degree in finance, 30 years of banking including project management and leading web training for bank and client personnel, HIPAA certification, and a current state of Texas insurance license (although I never sold insurance - it was required for selling annuities).  You would think an organization would jump at the chance to have my knowledge and skills for the project coming up, especially when I'm offering it free of charge.  But, again, I haven't heard anything.  

                  In the meantime, I'm doing what I can to inform everyone I know or meet.  And I will start next Wednesday at the Harris County Democratic Party office answering phones 1 afternoon a week and greeting walk in traffic.  I think they may experience a flood of calls starting Oct 1 about ACA.  

                  We do what we can.  Again, thanks for sharing my issue and doing what you can in Oregon.  I have a pot growing brother up there somewhere who could use health insurance!  

                  We are all in this together.

                  by htowngenie on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 03:09:44 PM PDT

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                  •  Thank you as well! (0+ / 0-)

                    Hopefully Enroll America will have you in harness soon!

                    The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions,but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. - Malala Yousafzai

                    by rsmpdx on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 11:02:04 PM PDT

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  •  I don't get why this (0+ / 0-)

    wasn't done from the beginning.  Why do they always wait until after Republicans have defined an issue?  

    •  Republicans will always be out there "defining" (1+ / 0-)
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      an issue from the get-go, just like they're already trying to get ahead of Hillary before her campaign is full gear. That shouldn't stop our effort no matter when we "start" or "didn't start." She's already defined, and still defining herself, while she's being flayed alive. What's the difference?

      That's the way the American political cookie crumbles.

      "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

      by Wildthumb on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:52:10 PM PDT

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  •  60% of RepubliKlans Support Defunding ObamaCare (1+ / 0-)
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    which is why the GOP is in a box of its own making on this issue. GOP politicians have to placate this 60% in orfer to win primaries. Unfortunately for them, this 60% of RepubliKlan voters are only 36% of we-da-peeps, which doesn't bode well for them outside of GOP primaries.

    So I say please proceed GOP. That monster that's about to devoure you is your own creation.

    Time for me to pop some non-GMO corn.

    I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Republican Party.

    by OnlyWords on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 05:27:24 PM PDT

  •  You all may think I'm crazy... (2+ / 0-)
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    but what if we got paid to sign up people?
    I mean, like $5 per person or family the actually gets enrolled?

    Not unlike how banks or other business will award you a dollar amount for referrals of new customers.

    Hire young people, hire old people, just hire a shit ton of individuals who could easily be trained to get people information and SIGNED UP!

    I know there will be community action groups and others who will be out in full force with information, but having someone you KNOW show you how easy it is to get enrolled could certainly help.

    I've been selling the Obamacare  plan to every forum, every friend get together, every comment sections on facebook, etc...trying my hardest to get the actual information and truth about how this is going to work.

    I almost feel like I spam some comment threads on other sites with actual hot links to peoples' state health exchange so they can at least click on it and see it for themselves.

    Besides almost no information out 'there' for many, there is a ton of false information.

    I'm excited to finally know I'm going to get affordable insurance in a few short months. Been without forever and day and I'll be one of the first ones to sign up here in Oregon.

    FORWARD! Obama/Biden 2012

    by Esjaydee on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 06:07:51 PM PDT

    •  It's already being done. (0+ / 0-)

      Those groups helping to enroll consumers into Exchange plans are getting $67/head or thereabouts. That's were part of the grants that have been to given community groups is going.

      •  please provide a link. (0+ / 0-)

        Only two contracts were awarded for the entire state of Texas.  Texas has by far the largest number of unisured in the country.  One contract of about 5 million went to the Urban League of Tarrant County (Ft Worth).  The other went to a non profit community group in Houston who received about $685,000 dollars to seek out, train, and disperse navigators to cover the Southeast half of Texas.  With 2 million people in the greater Houston area alone, I don't see how you can come up with that number of $67 a head.  

        Please provide a link.  I smell an Acorn trash party in your words and I don't care if I get a donut.

        We are all in this together.

        by htowngenie on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:19:51 PM PDT

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        •  Here: (0+ / 0-)

          Link.

          I was incorrect; in California it's $58 per enrollee, not $67.

          •  CoveredCalifornia is an alternative to ACA (0+ / 0-)

            that California opted to do on their own.  That was allowed under ACA guidelines as long as they met or exceeded the basic requirements of ACA.  As authorized alternative plan, CoveredCalifornia has their own training program to train state employees to facilitate enrollment and are partnering with licensed insurance agents to allow them to enroll their own clients on a commission basis.  They will not be using navigators.  CoveredCalifornia can choose to compensate as they see fit.  

            The rest of the states, except Vermont, to my knowledge are using the federal ACA program and it's navigators.  I do not know how navigators will be compensated, however, the contracts awarded in Texas cannot possibly cover the amount you stated per head.  

            Whenever talking about ACA, it is critical to know where the information comes from and where the person who needs assistance lives (state).  Otherwise, we just add to the confusion about ACA.  

             

            We are all in this together.

            by htowngenie on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 04:03:09 PM PDT

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    •  Congrats! Your rates are going down. (0+ / 0-)

      One of Jon Perr 's diaries on ACA earlier this week reported that insurance companies in Oregon are  re-bidding their premiums LOWER because of the California results.  Lucky you - go for it!  :)

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:12:10 PM PDT

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  •  Finally he is starting a promotional blitz, what (0+ / 0-)

    took so long? The misinformation spread by the far right is constant.

    The price of anything is the amount of life we are willing to exchange for it.

    by theslinger on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 06:27:59 PM PDT

  •  ABOUT F*KING TIME! (0+ / 0-)

    The stupid and resistance to ACA out there is overwhelming. I can't wait to hear the administration sing this song LOUD AND CLEAR. Emphasis being on "CLEAR".

    Calling atheism a religion is like calling not collecting stamps a hobby.

    by DavidHeart on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 06:37:05 PM PDT

  •  For people asking what took so long (3+ / 0-)
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    I think the admin felt that they wanted to do the outreach right before the enrollment started.

    I think they felt there didnt need to be an intense promotion of the issue in, say, Nov 2011, if people could sign up until Oct 2014.

  •  This is going to help immensely in the midterms (0+ / 0-)

    as well.  This is sweet groundwork, foundation building going on here leading right up to '14.

    Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

    by Gurnt on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 08:01:32 AM PDT

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