|By Donna Brazile|
"I have not had a physical in over 15 years," Gilbert, 51, told
For Gilbert and millions upon millions of Americans, health care had been beyond their reach. Now, according to the
There was a huge last-day surge in sign-ups, helped along by President
"On a whim," she attempted to sign up. Less than an hour later, she had her health insurance for
Kerrigan is so satisfied that she agreed to let her story be told in online marketing by the state health exchange. The
Naysayers are postulating that people merely switched one health care policy for another. It's true that health care in
Across the country, in
On the last day, the AP reported two-hour phone waits in my home state of
It is this feature that has prompted some to voluntarily quit their jobs because they no longer needed them to keep their health insurance. There is a decidedly bright side to citizens having the freedom to leave jobs they are chained to because otherwise they would lose their health coverage. They're free to start their own business, to look for a job they like better, to spend more time with family, says the
Oh, and they can get better health care coverage, too.
The AP interviewed
Polls have consistently found most that people would prefer the act be kept and allowed a chance to work, and then adjusted as necessary. Repeal is not a reality - a fact Republican opposition leaders acknowledge in private.
Additionally, the Affordable Care Act racked up a 49 percent positive score, "a first" according to
Numbers do not measure the ACA's sign-up success. As a result of the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - illnesses are prevented, people have greater security in their lives, more money in their pockets (because insurance companies can't make a profit higher than 20 percent), and families have a parent or child with them because a disease was cured. These are the true measures of success. And that is priceless.
Brazile is a senior Democratic strategist, a political commentator and contributor to
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