The Huffington Post reported today that approximately 4 million Americans have enrolled in Obamacare.
A senior official in the Obama administration relayed the numbers on Tuesday, revealing that roughly 700,000 additional people have signed up since late January. As the enrollment deadline approaches in March, the most recent surge in sign-ups has put the White House within the initial projection that 7 million would be signed up by the deadline.
“With individuals and families enrolling in coverage every day, we continue to see strong demand nationwide from consumers who want access to quality, affordable coverage,” reads a statement from the administration obtained by The Huffington Post. “Consumers are shopping and enrolling in plans on HealthCare.gov every day; system error rates are low and response times are consistently less than half a second. Our call center has handled more than 12 million calls so far and is open 24/7 to assist consumers in English, Spanish and more than 150 languages.”
Although the numbers still present some questions, proponents of the law are celebrating the news – especially now that the horror of the Affordable Care Act’s rollout in October has passed.
From the Huffington Post:
[box type=”shadow”]The new enrollment number does not include the millions of individuals who have signed up for Medicaid, though it’s not known how many of those individuals renewed their prior coverage or how many are new Medicaid recipients.
The news seems likely to get better for supporters of the law in the next month as well. With a looming enrollment deadline, the administration anticipates a rapid increase in people signing up for coverage. They also expect the number of young enrollees to rise rapidly. That was what happened when the state of Massachusetts implemented similar reform in 2007.[/box]