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October 31, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Pushes Past 8 Million

President Obama announced that 8 million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, the Washington Post reports.

“Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million people. Equally critical: About 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of 35, Obama said. Enrolling substantial numbers of younger, healthier Americans is crucial for the law’s success.”

Los Angeles Times: “Millions more Americans have signed up for health insurance without using the marketplaces, including through Medicaid, employers or directly from insurers. That has helped to dramatically drive down the nation’s uninsured rate, according to a growing number of national surveys.”

“Estimates of the total gain in insurance coverage nationally are still preliminary… But new Gallup survey data released this week suggest that as many as 12 million previously uninsured Americans have already gained coverage since last fall.”

  • Lorehead

    Note that “under 35” includes children under 18, and the 28% of enrollees ages 18–34 are who insurers care about. This is below the original goal of 40%, but enough to avoid a death spiral. I am also not sure from the link how people under 26 who signed up under their parents’ insurance are counted.

    • http://mediajunkie.com/ xian

      Until the last paragraph it’s all about on-exchange signups.

  • Storm

    I read this last week in Reuters. This is another big lie from the Democrats. There is nothing they say, report or pay a poll for that is not a lie.
    So help me God!
    Ex-Democrat

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