“The White House said more than six million Americans have signed up for private health coverage through state and federal exchanges since they opened in October,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The number, released just days ahead of the March 31 deadline for most people to enroll for this year, is still short of initial projections for seven million people to obtain their coverage through the exchanges for 2014. But it means the administration has now passed a revised estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office earlier this year that concluded six million people would enroll in private health plans for 2014.”
“The closely watched figure shows how many people have completed an application for coverage and picked a plan. The administration has referred questions about how many people have paid their first month’s premium, the final step in enrolling in coverage, to insurers, who have so far generally declined to give firm numbers.”
Reuters: “Ten days ago, the administration had pegged enrollment at more than 5 million people, and enlisted celebrities and top government officials to try to convince more uninsured people – particularly the young and healthy – to sign up.”