Associated Press is reporting today that some 3.5 million have already received cancellation letters from their health care providers. An NBC investigation last week suggests as many as 9 million could see cancellation notices. President Obama said last week that cancellations and changes would only affect fewer than five percent of Americans "who've got cut-rate plans that don't offer real financial protection in the event of a serious illness or an accident." That's about 15 million people.
The conservative website "Daily Caller" quotes an expert from Duke University who suggests if Obamacare is fully implemented some 68% of those with private insurance and individual policies will not be able to keep their current plans. That's from Christopher Conover who is a research scholar in the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research. He also works for the conservative AEI (American Enterprise Institute) That's about 129 million folks.
Now most of those people will be able to find new insurance, and Conover says only 18 million will entirely lose coverage (still that sounds like a lot of people!).
There are also growing concerns about the well-known shortage of doctors. The National Journal had a piece yesterday highlighting the fears. A deluge of new folks entering the medical system could exacerbate an already strained supply of doctors.. especially general practitioners. The Association of American Medical Colleges says the nation will be more than 91,000 doctors short by the year 2020.
There are also growing concerns in the Administration that once the Healthcare.gov website is free of glitches, that the media will focus on people's costs going up.
Meantime, some are sensing a shift in White House tactics on health care. Some conservatives suggest the next move by the Administration will be to blame insurers and big business for Obamacare troubles. Stay tuned.
Today CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee at 10am. You got to know her last week during feisty hearings in the House. You can expect more tough questions.
Wendell Goler, Ed Henry, Jim Angle, Peter Doocy, and Dan Springer reporting.
It's election day for many folks across the country.
Carl Cameron reporting on the closely watched Virginia Governor's race.
Molly Line reporting on the fascinating race for Boston mayor.
Phil Keating on the weird Miami Beach mayor's race.
There's also a governor's race in New Jersey (Chris Christie expected to get an easy victory).
And New York is expected to elect its first Democrat since the early 1990's. Bill de Blasio expected to win an easy victory becoming the first Democrat mayor in the very blue city in 20 years.
A man who went on a shooting rampage at a mall in Paramus, New Jersey is dead. Police say 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck killed himself. No one else was injured. Rick Leventhal reporting.
A Denver standoff is over. Police surrounded an empty middle school where two juveniles had been holed up. Patti Ann Browne will bring us up to date.
The Senate debates a bill that would ban workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. It is expected to pass the Senate, but the House Speaker John Boehner will not likely let it come to a vote in the House. It's called ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act).
Secretary of State John Kerry sending the world a message at a speech from Poland. Kerry says the right balance will be found between privacy and security - that NSA overreach will be tempered. The latest case of the U.S. allegedly spying comes from Spain. A newspaper there suggests it has evidence of U.S. spying on Spain.
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