In yet another success for Obamacare, or as Ted Cruz would say another failure, sources familiar with the enrollment numbers say that in the first two days of December 29,000 people have successfully enrolled to purchase a health insurance policy through the revamped healthcare.gov web site. That is 2,000 more than were enrolled in all of October before the repairs to the site were begun to eliminate the glitches that it was plagued with when first launched.
The numbers are not yet final but if they are correct and the pace holds for the rest of the month the site will have enrolled 884,500 by the end of the month. This is far from the total enrollment for insurance under the new law, it only counts those who do not have an exchange operated by their own state, when the totals of the state-run systems are added in it should be an impressive number.
All of the exchanges are anticipating increased traffic as the December 15 deadline to sign up for insurance to take effect on January 1, 2014 and people still have until February 15 to obtain insurance to avoid a penalty.
This is not good news for those Republicans who have been gearing up to run in 2014 and 2016 against the “failure” that is Obamacare, as more people actually find out what is available on the exchanges the public has become less suspicious of the law and more willing to accept it. Running on a platform of repeal is not going to play well to those people.
Many Republicans have realized this and are looking for other issues to run on, such as creating jobs and programs which will actually help the American people. The hardliners however appear to be doomed since they are not willing to let go of their failed line that the law is broken and cannot be fixed.