Huge Surge in Obamacare Enrollment Reported

About 1.8 million people enrolled in new individual health plans in December

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As federal officials predicted, the flood of Americans trying to sign up for health insurance by the end of 2013 ended in a tidal wave. About 1.8 million people enrolled in new individual health plans through the law in December, bringing new enrollments through Dec. 28 to about 2.2 million.

The number of signups through HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange website that has been hobbled by technical difficulties, peaked toward the end of the year, according to a report released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services. The number of Americans who selected plans through the federal exchange in December was seven times higher than those who signed up in October and November combined, according to HHS.

On a call with reporters Monday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said HealthCare.gov is now “working smoothly” and that the federal government was encouraged by the late surge. “Among young adults, the momentum was particularly strong,” she said. According to HHS, 30% of those who signed up for individual market health plans under Obamacare in 2013 were 34 or younger.

Federal officials had previously said that 2.7 million Americans between 18 and 35 would need to sign up for new plans to ensure that the pool of 7 million expected exchange enrollees would be balanced enough to keep insurance premiums in check. The figures released Monday indicate that the pace of enrollment among young people needs to accelerate to achieve that goal.

“We expect an increase in the proportion of young adults” signing up in 2014, said Michael Hash, director of HHS’s office of health reform. Another HHS official said Monday that about one-third of new insurance plans bought through the exchanges were for Americans ages 55 to 64. According to the new HHS data, 54% of new enrollees were female and 46% were male.

The current open enrollment for new individual health plans lasts until March 31. Those who do not have health insurance by that date could face federal fines, depending on their past health insurance and financial situations and whether they qualify for waivers from the so-called individual mandate.

In addition to attracting more young people, federal officials have said they hope more Spanish speakers will sign up for coverage under the law. A Spanish-language version of HealthCare.gov, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched in December, but the Associated Press reported Monday that the site is riddled with grammatical errors. Federal officials declined on Monday to say how many people had enrolled in health plans through CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Also unclear is how many enrollees in new health plans have paid their premiums to officially begin coverage. Many insurers allowed consumers to pay January premiums past the original Dec. 31, 2013, deadline.

22 comments
JimHamiliton
JimHamiliton

Wow! he makes a LAW FORCING people to sign up, then brags about how many sign up as if they are doing it voluntarily. He is same as holding a G.U.N. to peoples heads, and saying sign up or pay the consequences. I will never sign up for anything that has to do with his garbage UNLAWFUL, AWFUL.

thomasvickers1
thomasvickers1

It seems that 1.8 million people in December, and Ron Johnson's physician, all found reasons to like Obamacare.....so why does Ron Johnson continue to lie about it's shortcomings? 

And, why do Republican leaders want to defund or repeal it?..... At the rate of sign-ups for December, Obamacare's growth rate looks like the growth rate of smart phones or the iPad.  The people are clearly speaking .....and loudly. 

Are the governors of Texas, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arizona etc. listening?  Do they really want their citizens to be be deprived of a healthier life?....and, who among us is dumb enough to even consider voting for them?

DaveDykstra
DaveDykstra

In what The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto has called the “worst ObamaCare puff piece” floating around in the liberal media, Pickert did her best to promote the lackluster enrollment in Healthcare.gov. The article was peppered with White House talking points and direct quotes from administration officials including the woman in charge of overseeing ObamaCare, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was pleased by the surge, “Among young adults, the momentum was particularly strong.”

Only an Obama official would claim that an embarrassing 2.2 million enrollees, of which only 30% were aged 34 or younger, a “tidal wave” but Pickert’s piece is no better than a White House statement. After admitting that more young adults need to sign up to make ObamaCare solvent, Pickert then quotes another Obama official who argued that, “We expect an increase in the proportion of young adults” to sign up in 2014.



Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2014/01/14/time-magazine-excited-over-tidal-wave-obamacare-enrollment#ixzz2qOqr7CRe

KittyVonClawswits
KittyVonClawswits

Pure flatulence.*  Most of the "enrolees" that weren't eligible for Medicaid haven't even completed the "purchase" by paying the premium.  *This will undoubtedly elicit howls of vituperation from the hopelessly brain-addled gobblers of MSM BS. 

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

What the article doesn't say is how many of those enrolling are getting their kicks for free? The largest wealth redistribution scam grows daily.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

ObamaCare is gaining traction and the GOP's best chance of attracting independents is looking like the wanna be mobster that he is. What will the GOP have left to run on come 2016?

reallife
reallife

is the "Spanish-language version of HealthCare.gov" accessible in Mexico?



ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Huge surge ? Laughable. How can one trust the news release when there is no independent oversight of the figures. This from the source who lied more than twenty times in front of the camera about keeping your doctors, your insurance plan, your premium wont change. Period. Period. Period. Just now there is a report that 55 % of the enrolees are 55 to 64 years of age and the young people who are suppose to provide the back up are shying away. Does this administration really believe that Americans are stupid and are gullible ? Maybe based on the many who will defend the news release they are right.

willtruth
willtruth

Without the government having a back-end site to pay for the insurance, exactly how are they going to get coverage? Do they think the healthcare industry will do it for free? Oh that's right. #Obamacare has a bailout for the insurance companies which the CBO estimates to be $1 trillion. So much for the Hope and Change you shleps voted for. Obama and the Federal Reserve have done more to damage middle to low income families in America than any President in history. Enjoy it peasants.

jsfox
jsfox

but but train wreck!!!! Socialism!!!!! BENGHAZI!!!!!!!

BorisIII
BorisIII

Every argument the GOP makes is based on weak untrue justifications.  Because they don't want to admit the truth and lose all the dumb poor voters.  Because really all they care about is the rich.

dectra
dectra

And we see even more proof that the GOP claims of 'doom and gloom' are overblown nonsense.

MelC
MelC

That video had to be the crappiest attempt at purposely confusing people ever. Fortunately no one's watching it.

jsfox
jsfox

You should change your name to willbs.

JackHudson
JackHudson

@jsfoxOnly 24 percent of Obama-Care’s enrollees are young people, well below the 40 percent benchmark set by the administration for the critical 18- to 34-year-old age group. Older people, who are typically more expensive to cover, made up the single largest group of Obama-Care enrollees. 


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/195283-hhs-one-quarter-of-obamacare-signups-are-young#ixzz2qKvG8aMy
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jsfox
jsfox

You, obviously, are not a student of human behavior. So let's look at some data that might give you an idea on how young people might be thinking and how sign-ups will go as we head towards March.

"... the Massachusetts experience during that state's implementation of a similar health insurance overhaul. In the first three months of enrollment, young people composed 17, 17 and 24 percent of sign-ups, respectively. But in the last three months, that jumped to 34, 36 and 34 percent respectively."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-enrollment-demographic-breakdown

So get back to me in March.

MelC
MelC

Reagan would be called a Socialist by today's GOP. However, trickle-down economics has been proven repeatedly to be an abject failure - yet it's still a guiding principle for a certain group.