From Philip Klein at The Washington Examiner, Obamacare signups slow down in February, youth enrollment well below target:
The pace of Americans signing up for privately administered insurance through President Obama’s health care law slowed down in February, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services, and youth enrollment is well below target levels set before the program’s launch.
Weeks before the health care law’s exchanges launched Oct. 1, an HHS memo projected that 5.7 million individuals would enroll in a plan through one of Obamacare’s exchanges by the end of February. In reality, HHS said Tuesday, just 4.2 million Americans had signed up in the first five months.
HHS still hasn’t disclosed how many Americans who have signed up for a plan through the website have consistently paid their premiums, which is how enrollment is typically measured. Thus, HHS figures could overstate enrollment by around 20 percent to 25 percent.
WaPo notes the disappointing numbers:
About 4.2 million people have signed up for health plans on Obamacare exchanges through the end of February, making it unlikely that the Obama administration will hit the estimate of 6 million enrollees by a key deadline at the end of March.
Whatever momentum appeared to be building in January dropped off in February, as the number of sign ups fell below the administration’s expectations.
The report is here.
How many paid? Don’t know.
Reactions are coming in fast and furiously:
Signups are not enrollments.
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) March 11, 2014
So, @ThePlumLineGS is shocked I'm judging Obamacare against the administration's own targets. Journalistic malpractice!
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) March 11, 2014
Admin. spox says they don’t have authority to extend March 31 open enrollment deadline. Expect that position to be reversed in a few weeks.
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) March 11, 2014
They've long said young adults need to make up 38.5% of the total enrollments. With a month to go, that number stands at 25%.
— Brendan Buck (@BrendanBuck) March 11, 2014
Cancel 6 million plans. Sign up 4.1 million. Yeah, that's a win.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) March 11, 2014
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) March 11, 2014
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