The president announced on Tuesday, April 1, that 7.1 million Americans signed up for health plans through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, meeting the federal government's projections.
A rush of people signed up to meet the March 31 deadline, though a grace period exists for consumers to continue to sign up. The grace period was created because of the registration problems that plagued the system last fall.
Throughout the month, various news organizations reported that registrations in Illinois were falling short of expectations. At the same time, the Illinois Policy Institute released a report that suggests fewer people are qualifying for health insurance through their jobs because employers have been cutting back hours sinct the Affordable Care Act's passage to avoid requirements.
A report on IllinoisWatchdog.org suggests that tens of thousands of Illinoisans who sign up for an Obamacare plan may not pay when the bill comes due.
What do you think? Is a mistake unfolding? Are you cautiously optimistic? Or is it too soon to tell?