Feds Try Positive Spin on Weak Obamacare Enrollment Numbers

Feds Try Positive Spin on Weak Obamacare Enrollment NumbersOnly 106,185 Americans selected Obamacare health plans in the first month of open enrollment, with 26,794 making it through the much-troubled Healthcare.gov marketplace, federal officials said Wednesday.
The number is much lower than the 500,000 people federal officials had estimated would enroll nationally in October after the roll-out of the individual plans mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
Outside the private insurance market, the enrollment numbers were healthier for those seeking government assistance under Obamacare.
Another 396,261 people have been ruled eligible for health coverage under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the government-run programs.
That means “502,466 Americans, in just the first month of implementation, are positioned to have health coverage in 2014,” according to the news release put out by federal official, which tries to put a positive spin on a disappointing rollout of healthcare reform.
A total 975,407 people completed enrollment and applied for eligibility for government subsidies, but they have not yet selected a plan, officials said.
“The promise of quality affordable coverage is increasingly becoming reality for this first wave of applicants to the Health Insurance Marketplaces,” said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “There is no doubt the level of interest is strong.”
For more details, see the Health Insurance Marketplace: November Enrollment Report.

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