Is Obamacare Enrollment Finally Ramping Up as Promised?
In the first two days of December, the number of people who enrolled for insurance coverage via the federal online insurance marketplaces was greater than the number of signups recorded for the entire month of October. Through a source familiar with government numbers, Bloomberg learned that 29,000 individuals selected policies through a federal insurance exchange. However, those numbers are still being cross-checked, which is why the source wished to remain anonymous.
Comparatively, approximately 26,000 people enrolled during October.
While far from official, these numbers are a measure of the Obama administration’s success at overhauling HealthCare.gov, the $630 million portal that links all 36 federal online insurance marketplaces. In late October — after the Department of Health and Human Services scrambled for weeks to find a fix for the error-riddled federally facilitated health insurance exchanges — the White House promised the websites would be operating “as they were supposed to” by the end of November.
Now that the fixes have been made, members of the administration “certainly expect enrollment to increase given technical improvements we’ve made to the site,” Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters told Bloomberg in an email. “We are two months into a sustained six-month long open enrollment period that we expect will ramp up over time.”