Obamacare Hits 4 Million Enrollees

But still a far cry from the 7 million enrollees the White House had originally hoped for

  • Share
  • Read Later

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that 4 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the new health care law’s insurance exchanges, with just five weeks remaining until the end of the enrollment period.

While a marked improvement from the turbulent beginning of the enrollment period last year, the figure is a far cry from the 7 million enrollees that the White House had been hoping to have in place by the end of next month. Administration officials have backed away from that target in recent weeks.

The White House is also behind on its targets for the share of young and healthy enrollees in the exchanges. Figures through the end of January put that share at just 25 percent, as opposed to the nearly 40 percent the Obama administration had hoped for. The success of the law depends on younger enrollees signing up to keep premiums broadly affordable for sicker and elderly enrollees.

President Obama welcomed the news, in a speech to grassroots political group Organizing For Action. “We now have more than 4 million Americans who have signed up for quality, affordably health insurance. 4 million people have already signed up because of you. 4 million.”

The latest update from the Department of Health and Human Services does not update the demographic figures.

The full HHS blogpost is below:

HHS Blog Post: Another Significant Milestone: Marketplace Enrollment Hits 4 Million
By Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

As we head into the last five weeks of this historic open enrollment period, millions of Americans are taking advantage of the new choices they now have to access affordable, quality health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The most recent data indicate that approximately 4 million people have now signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since October 1. A full enrollment report for February will be released in mid-March.

With individuals and families enrolling in coverage every day, we continue to see strong demand nationwide from consumers who want access to quality, affordable coverage. Our outreach efforts are in full force with community partners and local officials participating in hundreds of events each week and enrollment assistors are helping more and more people enroll in coverage. Consumers are shopping and enrolling in plans on HealthCare.gov every day; system error rates are low and response times are consistently less than half a second. Our call center has handled more than 12 million calls so far and is open 24/7 to assist consumers in English, Spanish and more than 150 languages. In person assistance is available nationwide. You can find local help at https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/.

Check out just some of the stories of success so far and spread the news to your friends and family. Open enrollment ends March 31.

93 comments
zDB2
zDB2

WAKE UP!


This law is an effort to get you to be HEALTHY!


Get it?? It is on you to keep your health care costs lower - Please STOP blaming the government for all your problems!


Blame FOX NEWZ  for that!!


GET IT??  Stop blaming the GOV and get it together - 


;-]]



DoNotJoin
DoNotJoin

The FACT of the matter is that, while the Obama Administration CLAIM 4.2 million have signed up for Obamacare, only about 800,000 have ACTUALLY done so, and MOST of those, only about 10% (that's about 80,000 people) are NOT the younger, healthier people Obamacare MUST have to make the program work.

Presuming 20,000 additional ACTUAL sign-ups by the March 31st deadline, that's a dismal 100,000 people INSTEAD of the 7 MILLION Obama repeatedly threw in everyone's face.

6.2 MILLION, so far, have lost their insurance, in order for Obama to save 100,000. That's BEYOND a 'total failure'. That's an INTENTIONAL attack on the American taxpayer with an intent to ruin the American economy.

At this point, ANYONE signing up for Obamacare is, simply, stupid. DON'T DO IT.

Natural1
Natural1

Not getting it. It is a MANDATORY mandate that ALL young and old have insurance. Sign up or not you will pay, IRS will make sure of that. Think we will see a whole new stream of tax evaders. If you have never filed your income tax, thinking it is time to never do it! All I know about the AHA (Yeah AWEHA got you!) is my paycheck bring home is $75.00 per week less TAKE HOME pay. Crap that is $300.00 a month! Congress better be working on a resolution. Just because 4M signed up doesn't mean they have enrolled yet. This will never work! God Bless America!

30dB
30dB

The less than predicted performance may be a reflection of people's opinion on Obamacare.  Over the last 120 days Obamacare indexes at 28% positive in Twitter.  That's about the same for the last 90, 30 or just about any time period looked at.  While Obamacare has it's good days in opinion, it just cannot break out of the 28% positive doldrums. 

GlennBerman
GlennBerman

Our government signed into law what they have exempted themselves from, spent 300 million on a website that didn't and doesn't work, that money could have paid for everyones health care (365 million citizens). Universal health care for every citizen is a great idea, but apparently what we have is mandated servitude. Working people already have taxes deducted from their pay to cover Medicare & Medicaid, a smarter alternative would have been to just simply have a single payer option and have it paid for though programs already in place that would give a standard of treatment, this would reduced the added unnecessary cost for a website, a savings of $300 million right off the bat. There are some good things in the health care bill, which is worth salvaging, but as a whole most of it needs scrapping. Health care is not a one size fits all, no one should be forced to pay for services that do not apply to them.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

A new Kaiser tracking poll finds that 48% of Americans want to keep and improve the Affordable Care Act while another 8% want to keep it as is -- for a total of 56% who want to keep the law. Meanwhile, 19% want to repeal the law and not replace it, while 12% want to repeal and replace with a GOP alternative -- totaling 31%.


Greg Sargent: "I suspect the American mainstream doesn't believe there is any real GOP alternative to Obamacare and understands that despite its flaws, the Affordable Care Act is the only set of solutions we're going to get (with single payer being a political impossibility)."

DoNotJoin
DoNotJoin

@Leftcoastrocky WRONG! According to the poll YOU cited, those polled were ONLY "likely to prefer less costly plans with narrow networks over more expensive plans with broader networks."

The poll ACTUALLY and ONLY indicates that people ONLY would prefer less expensive plans with narrower networks.

This makes your assertion patently FALSE and a fraudulent attempt to sway opinion to your far-left viewpoint. In other words, a bald-faced LIE.

JakeStein
JakeStein

Yes, and the reality is many if not most of us that had insurance that we liked and were told we could keep now must pay double what we were paying for a new compliant plan  That's almost $600 more per month for my family.  The parasites on Obamacare get my extra money now.  It's called wealth redistribution.  Thanks all you parasites that voted for this liar of a President .  He has no direction or solution other than to apply Marxist thinking to create a bigger problem to help those that really should be taking care of themselves.

DarleneRitterGoodfellow
DarleneRitterGoodfellow

@JakeStein Spare me - every. single. time. the media scrutinizes these kind of sob stories they are found to be 99% bullpucky. The overwhelming majority of Americans are better off now they were before Obama Cares went into law.

GlennBerman
GlennBerman

@DarleneRitterGoodfellow @JakeStein Really, I'm glad to hear that, I though the policy I had before was great and I could afford it, until the health act was signed into law and my premiums by 2013 have doubled, time to get new insurance I can afford, I took a policy that doesn't really cover what I had, but I'm told that this is better for me than what I had,  hey, I have insurance right, so what if it cost me what I was paying  before the health care act. and the new policy really doesn't cover what I had before.  Now that you've stated the contrary to what I know to be true for me at least, I must be dreaming and will wake up and find alls is right in the world because of Obama care.

 I'm not media and I personal don't know anyone who is better off because of ObamaCare other than the insurance company's.

AlEng
AlEng

@phil222 You are never ever better off with anything from the govt. Get off the teat and get your own health care. If it does come to fruition you will regret it because when you need it you will be denied. If it's something new you will be denied. If you don't fit into the age bracket you will be denied. And when you use it for something minor there will be a HUGE deductible. If you don't pay it you could lose your house or get your wages attached. No my friend the govt is not here to help you but to separate you from your hard earned money and take control.

gillilaf
gillilaf

Whats Obama commission on that?  Maybe $30 bucks per person?  $120M.  Good hit Mr. Pres

JoshBrown
JoshBrown

I can't wait till 2016      I'm voting for the FatMan !

gmonsen
gmonsen

Imagine that.  Nearly two thirds of those who have lost their health plans due to Obamacare might now have new plans that just cost a lot more. 

wperni
wperni

So 4M signed up?  First, how credible is this given our President's tendency to tell whoppers when he is in trouble?  Second, how many are these people are just simply signing up for Medicaid who were already eligible, and forced to re-sign up?  And more important, how many of these are "new" uninsured enrollees, as opposed to those millions who lost their coverage, and had good coverage?

tpaine
tpaine

Gets worse.  If the other states with Exchanges are like Kentucky, 80%+ the "enrollees" are signing up for Medicaid which is just going to burden the state taxpayers with not only paying for the slacker's welfare payments, but now "insurance" - not real health care.   On top of that, the "enrollees" are older and sicker with scant young people.  Going to blow up some state's budgets.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@tpaine Seeing as the feds are paying for it, please explain in detail how that will hurt state budgets?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 @tpaine  How could you ask somebody to explain in detail when you yourself make accusations without proof, submit made up facts, avoid any question that you have no answer to, Mantis


ryankarl39
ryankarl39

And no mention of those numbers being completely incorrect. Great reporting Times!

tpaine
tpaine

@mantisdragon91 @ryankarl39 Mantis, do you believe our unemployment rate is 6.7% when the Labor Participation Rate shows the most Americans EVER unemployed??

Natural1
Natural1

@mantisdragon91 @tpaine @ryankarl39  And your point? I'm thinking after 50 years of working, well that seems normal! The Y & X generation had better get to work because at the rate of recorded achievement  and unemployment , they are presently receiving retirement from the government AND they have never worked. Do you realize that? At least the Baby Boomers have contributed. Also please make a mental note that the Government robbed the SS fund and that is why it has become such a burden. Perhaps if they put the money back with intrest it would not be such an issue/ burden...this government stole from the American People and now complain about it ...ya think that's some thing to ponder on? God Bless America

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Just like his sealed and hidden records. Obama is a Constitutional expert but from experience as President showed not one whit he knows anything about the Constitution, not even the check and balances. Just believe me when I tell you seems to be his MO. He his not obligated to give proof. And enough idiots in this country believed him. As is many in this page.

surlyujest
surlyujest

@ReneDemonteverde Maybe he is -- of some other country. The man (and the rest of his "cabinet") really needs to learn how to complete a sentence.