The results are in! About 1.2 million people have obtained health coverage through Obamacare, according to new federal data released Wednesday morning.
Roughly 365,000 of those people purchased private insurance and 803,000 are qualified for the public Medicaid program. These numbers are based on the data from both October and November, and confirm the rapid growth in Healthcare.gov enrollment. See graph here:
According to the Washington Post, enrollment through the federal exchange grew from about 27,000 people in October to 137,000 through the end of November.
“The numbers continue to show tremendous demand for secure, continuous coverage,” says Michael Hash, director of the Health and Human Services Office of Health Reform.
HealthCare.gov, the website to help provide health coverage in over 30 states, is still suffering from some minor issues, but according to the numbers, the site is doing what it was intended to do: allow consumers to shop and enroll for health benefits for next year.
Success stories told by consumers such as JoAnn Smith and Eric Rawlings had no problems going through HealthCare.gov after the site was fixed. Rawlings enrolled in about 10 minutes into a private health plan for himself and his infant daughter in late November.
“Everybody talks about how horrible this website is and all the glitches and stuff, but I tell you, it was the best experience I ever had shopping for insurance,” said Rawlings.
These increasing numbers indicate that enrollment will escalate this even quicker this month in the lead-up to coverage beginning Jan. 1. Reports show that 27,000 people have signed up in just one day last week. Consumers are bound and determined to obtain their affordable health care and next month will prove whether or not the Obama administration will finally hit their desired projections.
h/t: Huffington Post