Today, the most Americans have been expected to have chosen a health insurance: the first registration period for the Affordable Care Act ends at midnight, closing one section of President Obama’s landmark healthcare law (even if Obama administration announced on Tuesday night, Americans will receive extra time to finish their applications). On Thursday, the White House announced that enrollments had exceeded the CBO's estimate of 6 million. Health experts are keen to have more information about these 6 million of Americans enrolled in the health plans. Republicans and Democrats have almost opposite reactions, when they are asked which consequences the law has brough till now. A 59 percent majority of Republicans answered the law can hurt, while 19 percent said it can help to certain share of population. Among Democrats, the results are reversed: 48 percent said that Americans have been helped by the law, and 19 percent disagreed on this topic. Republicans continue to use the health law as a main theme in order to attack Democrats in the mid-term elections. They believe the law will degradate insurance paid by consumers and will even deny the access of patients to the doctors they trust. Democratic senators who voted for the law (Alaska and Virginia) have suggested how to improve the law, but congressional Republicans have seemed to not be interested in legislative corrections. Congressional budget analysts hope for enrollment through the federal and state exchanges to increase to 13 million people by early 2015, and to 24 million people by 2017. That evaluation is based on experience of the Children’s Health Insurance Program - for which signing-ups started slowly but then accelerated rapidly. According to some health policy analysts, the health law is confusing and the trend might be different, they say. The gLAWcal Team Monday, March 31, 2014 (Source: Washington Post)

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