The other week, the Obama administration ‘informed’ us that ObamaCare enrollment from October 1st through February 1st had hit 3.3 million signups — excellent progress, they insisted, but most unfortunately, still a far cry from the necessary progress to
achieving their open enrollment goal of seven million insurees never you mind. In a blog post this evening, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner updated that figure with the first few weeks of February’s supposed signups, deeming the uptick “another significant milestone“:
As we head into the last five weeks of this historic open enrollment period, millions of Americans are taking advantage of the new choices they now have to access affordable, quality health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The most recent data indicate that approximately 4 million people have now signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since October 1. A full enrollment report for February will be released in mid-March.
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. Our outreach efforts are in full force with community partners and local officials participating in hundreds of events each week and enrollment assistors are helping more and more people enroll in coverage.
No word on the demographic makeup of these enrollees and whether the Obama administration’s youth enrollment push is having any discernible effect in persuading young invincibles that they really need ObamaCare — and, as ever, the number of people who have actually paid for their premiums and have therefore activated their coverage, remains stubbornly elusive. Barely one month to go before the signup window closes — as Obama so jovially reminded on OFA crowd this afternoon: