Obamacare Enrollment Tops 1 Million
Posted at 8:56 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2013
More than 1.1 million people enrolled in ObamaCare before a December 24 deadline for consumers seeking health care plans that begin January 1, The Hill reports.
From an administration statement: “December enrollment so far is over 7 times that of October and November. In part, this was because we met our marks on improving HealthCare.gov: the site supported 83,000 concurrent users on December 23rd alone.”
Sarah Kliff: “Whether this is good news depends a bit on the context you put it in. Obviously enrollment has spike dramatically in December. Just as the administration has predicted – and hoped – there was a rush to sign-up in December, right before the deadline to get coverage starting on January 1. Lots of these people weren’t first time shoppers; many had started shopping in October and had been stymied by technical issues. Their December sign-up wasn’t a product of procrastination; it tended to have a lot more to do with the fact the website wouldn’t let them sign up earlier.”