According to new numbers released by the Obama administration, the about 365,000 Americans “sort of maybe” enrolled in health plans during the first two months of Obamacare. The White House calls the number enrollment, it includes people who have picked a health plan but does not screen to see if they actually paid for the plans which would signify real enrollment.
While the 365K reflects a 259K increase from October’s numbers, It’s far off
the pace needed to reach the 7 million total that officials had
predicted would be signed up via federal- or state-run insurance
marketplaces by the March 31 enrollment deadline Another 6.35 million would have to sign up during the next four months to meet the administration’s goals.
Separately, 803,077 people have been deemed eligible for the government-run Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Plan programs through the Obamacare marketplaces. In other words for every person that signs up for Obamcare another 2+ people will be getting taxpayer-paid insurance—proving once again that “free works.”
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In the Washington region, enrollment in Maryland’s troubled exchange nearly doubled, from 1,284 in October to 2,474 in November. In Virginia, which relies on the federal exchange, slightly more than 1,000 people had signed up for private insurance in the first month. In November, that number had nearly quadrupled, to 3,923. The report did not include figures for the District of Columbia, which is operating its own exchange.
Richard Sorian, a spokesman for DC Health Link, has said that, unlike the federal figures, the District’s exchange does not track individuals but that people in 1,115 households had signed up for coverage.
Nationwide, the pace of enrollment varied significantly.
Some of the state-run exchanges have experienced an increase in sign-ups in November.
In California, enrollment in private plans rose from 35,364 in October, to more than 100,000 for the two months ending in November. Similarly, in New York, more than 16,000 people had chosen private plans by the end of October, and 45,513 had signed up by the end of the two-month period.
The smallest enrollment is in Oregon, where 44 people have signed up through November. The state-run marketplace there has had serious computer problems.
Among the three dozen states relying on the federal exchange, the greatest enrollment has been in Florida, where nearly 18,000 people have signed up during the first two months.
Despite the spin you will hear from Obamacare’s supporters these number stink, the enrollment rate is awful and we do not know how many millennials are signing up, poll results indicate that the young people who are needed to fund the plans have no intention of signing up.