Though having over 2 million enrollees in the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is a far cry from the 3.3 million-enrollee targeted by the Obama administration, it is almost two times as many people as were previously thought to have enrolled in recent days. Officials with the Obama administration are saying that over 2 million people are now enrolled in the national health care program, according to a Huffington Post article on Tuesday.
The federally-run online program at HealthCare.gov – which covers 36 states in the country - and the state’s individual healthcare enrollment web sites are asserting these figures on the last day of 2013 via an administration official. Fourteen states have independent web sites of their own.
This has got to be good news for the Obama administration because a month ago there were reportedly no more than 150,000 persons signed up. The low figure was attributed to the failed rollout of the program for six weeks from its start date of Oct. 1, 2013.
Of concern is that all Obamacare updates are now coming from postings rather than press conferences where media would be allowed to ask follow-up questions regarding Obamacare.
Of dire concern is that there has been no data released regarding who is signing up: if it is people who will be paying into the system or people who are getting health care at a very low cost or even free. That is where the true success or failure of the system lies. Enrollees who pay significantly for the program are essential to the federal programs financial success.