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.”