More than 2.1 million people have enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration announced on Tuesday.
Jan. 1 was the deadline for people to enroll in a plan.
This number falls slightly short of the administration's goal of 3.3. million sign-ups by the end of 2013.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters in a conference call that half of these sign-ups took place over the HealthCare.gov website, Reuters reported.
Most of the enrollments occurred during the month of December, after the problem ridden HealthCare.gov was largely fixed, mainly as the Jan. 1 deadline drew near.
“Our HealthCare.gov enrollment nearly doubled in the days before the January 1 coverage deadline compared to the first few weeks of the month,” said Marilyn Tavenner, of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, last week. “December enrollment so far is over 7 times that of October and November. In part, this was because we met our marks on improving HealthCare.gov: the site supported 83,000 concurrent users on December 23rd alone.”
While this may seem like a success following the disastrous rollout of the program in October, it turns out that more people have actually had their insurance plans canceled. 4.7 million Americans have seen the plans they already had canceled because those plans did not meet the requirements established by the Affordable Care Act.
Another problem has appeared for Obamacare, and it's that most people are rejecting it, including young people, who are considered the most important demographic to sell the program to in order to get it up and running.
According to a poll from Harvard University last month, 56 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 disapprove of Obamacare. What's especially shocking is that the young demographic comprised the core of support for Obama that got him into the White House.
Groups affiliated with the Obama administration have been trying to sell Obamacare to young people by instituting ad campaigns, such as the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and Progress Now's “Got Insurance” campaign, and Organizing for Action's “Pajama Boy” ad, both of which have been widely mocked on the internet.