Obamacare: Will Last-Minute Enrollments Help the ACA?

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As preliminary data rolls in after the December Obamacare deadline, a surge in website visitors and state enrollees is giving a glimmer of hope to those who support the healthcare law. Obama administration officials are saying 2 million people visited Healthcare.gov on Monday, December 23, and 250,000 people called the designated call centers. One article from the LA Times says a similar spike in interest took place on the state websites. On Monday, enrollment in Colorado reportedly grew by 5,000. Another 6,700 signed up in Connecticut, and 25,531 chose coverage in New York.

Elsewhere, the LA Times stated that 29,000 people signed up for healthcare on California’s exchange on Friday, December 20 alone. The total figure of enrollees ahead of the December 23 deadline was over 400,000 according to state officials.  There was no information provided about whether the individuals selecting plans chose a private insurance option, or qualified for Medicaid.

In his year-end press conference on December 20, President Obama said more than half a million people signed up using the exchange in December alone, and since october, more than 1 million people have selected coverage. However, as The Hill points out, even with the surges and deadlines, it is unlikely that enrollment will meet the original goal of 3.3 million by January 1.

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