Disappointing enrollment numbers for Obamacare released

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The Obama administration released Wednesday the number of people who enrolled for health insurance since the online marketplaces opened Oct. 1, and the number was anemic, with less than 27,000 people enrolling in the 36 states that are banking on the problem-plagued website at HealthCare.gov for obtaining a health insurance plan.

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The dismal numbers released by the Department of Health and Human Services today were even more disappointing than expected and well below estimates that had been reported in the media for this time period.

There was one positive sign though, which is that those states operating their own websites, with their own exchanges, had significantly higher enrollment numbers than the federal government’s site at HealthCare.gov.

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For example, the state-run websites reported more than 79,000 sign-ups. But total private insurance enrollment since the exchanges rolled out over a month ago was just 20 percent of the total number expected by the White House administration at this time.

Compared to the 494,620 people the administration expected to enroll by this time, the actual 106,185 enrollment number released today is being viewed as a major disappointment.

SOURCE: Department of Human Health and Services, ASPE Issue Brief: HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT, November 13, 2013.

Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters today in a news conference by phone that she expects things to improve.

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