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Federal health care sign-ups pass 1 million mark



Published: Mon, December 30, 2013 @ 9:25 a.m.

HONOLULU (AP) — The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.

Combined with numbers for state-run markets, that should put total enrollment in the new private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's health law at about 2 million people through the end of the year, independent experts said.

That would be about two-thirds of the administration's original goal of signing up 3.3 million by Dec. 31, a significant improvement given the technical problems that crippled the federal market during much of the fall. The overall goal remains to enroll 7 million people by March 31.

"It looks like current enrollment is around 2 million despite all the issues," said Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health, a market analysis firm. "It was a very impressive showing for December."

The administration said that of the more than 1.1 million people now enrolled in the federal insurance exchange, nearly 1 million signed up in December. The majority came days before a pre-Christmas deadline for coverage to start in January. Compare that with a paltry 27,000 in October, the federal website's first, error-prone month.


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1redeye1(4635 comments)posted 11 months ago

One has to wonder just how much these people are going to be paying. Then how much will the Gov't subsidize their payments?

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2Silence_Dogood(1375 comments)posted 11 months ago

What this article fails to point out is that 4.8 million people have had their policies canceled due to these same Obama Health Care policies.

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