President comes to NC as state's ACA numbers surge

President comes to NC as state's ACA numbers surge

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 8:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When President Obama visits North Carolina Wednesday, he’ll be welcomed by favorable new numbers regarding enrollments for the Affordable Care Act in North Carolina.

“I would tell him it's helping a lot of people,” said Lori Giang, director of NC Medassist, a charitable pharmacy uptown that also counsels people looking enroll in the ACA.

Giang doesn’t plan to attend Wednesday’s speech in Raleigh, but believes the law is helping a lot of her clients.

“We're seeing between six and eight people a day, sometimes more when we have volunteer navigators working with us.”

Federal numbers released Monday reinforce Giang’s enthusiasm.  North Carolina had nearly 108,000 people enroll in Obamacare, as it’s called, in the first few months. The state ranked as the fifth highest state for signups.

The spike in enrollments comes after an initial sputter.  Website glitches meant only 1,600 people signed up for the healthcare law in the first month.

Still, some critics remain.  The North Carolina Federation of College Republicans plans to protest the president’s speech Wednesday at NC State University in Raleigh.

“Because of Obamacare, recent graduates in North Carolina and across the country are having a difficult time finding a job,” said Chairman Nate Pencook, in a statement.

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