Only 106,000: Obamacare enrollment falls far short of goal

Only about 106,000 Americans enrolled in Obamacare’s health care exchanges during the first month and fewer than 27,000 of those were from the federally run exchanges, the administration said Wednesday, finally releasing numbers showing just how rocky the rollout has been for President Obama’s signature initiative.

The administration needs about 7 million people to enroll by the end of March, or an average of more than 1 million a month. October’s figure is little more than 10 percent of that monthly goal.
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius vowed to do better, blaming the first-month numbers on the glitchy HealthCare.gov website that the federal government set up to help consumers in 36 states buy insurance.

Still, she claimed victory from the fact that some people were able to sign up.

“The marketplace is working, people are enrolling,” Mrs. Sebelius told reporters on a conference call.

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